According to the CDC, over 40 million adults in the United States still smoke. Cigarette smoking causes more than 480,000 deaths each year in the United States. This means that 1 in every 5 deaths in the US is related to smoking!
Smoking causes more deaths each year than the following causes combined:
- Human immunodeficiency virus (HIV)
- Illegal drug use
- Alcohol use
- Motor vehicle injuries
- Firearm-related incidents
Cigarette smoking has also been linked to almost every known cancer.
For those of you who are smoking, as much as you might be having a horrible time trying to quit, you already know that you need to do it.
There are a lot of smoking cessation tools out there, but for many of us they just don’t work. Patches can be great to reduce the physical cravings, but a big part of the battle is habitual. So many of us have smoked for 10 or 20 years or even more, and even with the physical cravings reduced, it’s hard to change a habit that is so deeply ingrained.
So, when it comes to figuring out “what is the best way to quit smoking”- e-cigarettes or vaping is quickly becoming the answer. Here are some of the ways that vaping is better than smoking.
- Vaping is the best way to quit smoking
Some studies have shown that only 6% of people who try to quit smoking will succeed on the first try. Nicotine withdrawal symptoms can be brutal. Even worse are the withdrawal symptoms that you’ll have from the 3000 chemicals in traditional cigarettes that aren’t even listed. The process of weaning yourself off of smoking is probably one of the hardest things that you can go through. Some recent studies have shown up to 50% success rates at quitting when the subjects used vaping as their cessation device of choice. Compared to traditional methods this is an incredible success.
- Vaping gives you more freedom than smoking
You’ll have a lot more freedom over where you vape than you would if you were smoking cigarettes. There are many restaurants, offices, hotels and other places where smoking is banned, where you will be able to vape. Many studies have shown that e-cigarette vapor is no more toxic than normal air, and unlike cigarettes, vaping usually results in a very pleasant smell. So while you still need to be respectful and not blow giant clouds everywhere, you likely won’t be relegated to huddling in a gross smelling smoking area like a leper.
- Vaping is a lot more discreet
There are a lot of people out there who would prefer not to make their smoking habit public. For these ‘secret smokers’ there is a lot involved in constantly trying to get rid of the smell of traditional cigarettes from their clothes, breath and hair. E-cigarettes don’t leave any odor. Vaping is great for those who still want to keep their secret habit a secret, with the great side effect of being healthier as well.
- E-cigarettes satisfy the emotional habit
For a lot of us, smoking is a habit, and it’s the emotional side of things that make it hard to quit. Even when the physical addiction is gone, the urge to smoke can come back because we crave the satisfaction and pleasure that comes from smoking. E-cigarettes can give that pleasure without the negative health consequences. The large variety of flavours and ability to truly customize your vape to your own preferences can make vaping even more satisfying than smoking.
- Vaping is cheaper than smoking
In the long run, vaping will save you a lot of money. Yes, there are some initial start up costs, but once you have purchased your device, in the long run you are going to save at least 50% or more over the cost of smoking. A basic starter kit plus supplies for a month could cost you $50-$100, but after that, your costs will be minimal. For a pack-a-day smoker, cigarettes could run you up to $300 a month. If you manage to put that $150-$200 a month saved away in a savings account, you could pay for a nice vacation for yourself at the end of the year to celebrate.
So there you have it, just a few of the many reasons that vaping is better than smoking. If you’re ready to make the switch, check out our articles on the top 10 starter kits and the top 10 e-liquid companies. You’ll be happy you did.