What is vaping?

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Vaping is the electronic alternative to smoking.  It literally involves inhalation of vapors from cigarette-like sticks. These sticks are referred to as e-cigarettes and contain liquid gels that are heated up once they are puffed from the tube. The heat will then cause these liquid gels to produce vapor which can be taken in or inhaled through the throat.  Most e-cigarettes have liquid gels that are based from propylene glycol or vegetable glycerin. This liquid is then added with different amounts of nicotine depending on the person’s preference.

The use of e-cigarettes through vaping has increasingly become popular in many parts of the world.  Proponents of this product emphasize the supposed reduction in the health risks compared to smoking regular tobacco cigarettes. Vaping produces almost similar effects to smoking through vapor inhalation and the nicotine content but without the burning of tobacco and the annoying smoke.  E-cigarettes are also said to be less expensive compared to buying regular cigarettes.  The main tube can be re-used and only the liquid gel cartridge that contains the nicotine will be replaced regularly.

People who are dependent on cigarettes are often advised to try vaping as a way to wean on the habit of smoking.  Studies have shown that some smokers respond well to vaping and the e-cigarettes are said to be helpful in terms of lowering the desire to smoke.  Nicotine levels are also said to be more stable for those that use e-cigarettes. With vaping, there is also no smoke which makes it ideal to do almost anywhere. The social stigma of 2nd-hand smoke is also gone with vaping.  Despite these supposed benefits of vaping, many countries still regulate the sale and use of e-cigarettes because of health concerns.  Many also argue that there aren’t enough studies to prove that vaping is indeed a safe alternative to regular smoking.

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