Faced with rising prices of cigarettes and other tobacco products, as well as concerns for their health, many smokers have begun to look for an alternative to vaping or so-called e-cigarettes. A vaping pen is a device that looks very similar to a real cigarette (at least the first models that have come to market) and produces steam that may or may not contain nicotine.
Getting rid of the smoking habit and all the rituals connected to it creates a huge obstacle in quitting smoking for good. Even in those who have a will of steel. Until recently not many substitutes for cigarettes were offered, so smokers only had two choices, either to stop completely or to use nicotine bubble gums and patches. Both showed very little impact. Until vaping came along.
Vaping became a suitable substitute for tobacco cigarettes. It contains a certain dosage of nicotine, but significantly less damageable than in normal cigarettes. The best thing about vaping is it does not contain other poisonous ingredients, such as tar, therefore cannot have such a deadly impact on the breathing system.
Smokers often give an excuse of not knowing what to do with their hands, if they quit smoking, therefore vaping became a suitable hand engaging activity. Also calming the person, answering the psychological dependency on cigarettes.
All of the mentioned impacts of vaping are more or less known to everyone, but how about nicotine levels inside the vaping liquids? Here are some important things to know.
1. Liquids contain nicotine
The liquid is a solution that a vaping device converts into steam. They mainly consist of propylene glycol and vegetable glycerol with the addition of nicotine (whose content is expressed in milligrams of nicotine per milliliter of liquid) and certain aromas. More about the nicotine percentage can be found on vapingvibe.com.
2. Vaping and smoking shouldn’t be combined
There is no evidence that smoking tobacco cigarettes and vaping at the same time is a worse combination than smoking tobacco alone. Especially if the user is a vaping liquid that contains no nicotine. However, in case it’s a nicotine-containing liquid, it shouldn’t be combined with classic cigarettes. The greatest health benefits are seen when people completely stop smoking tobacco and avoid the negative consequences of smoking tobacco. Some people manage to switch completely and quickly to just a couple of e-cigarettes, some need time, while others fail to stop smoking. It is advisable to try different e-cigarettes and vaping liquids to find the ones that optimally help to quit smoking.
3. It’s not as harmful as the nicotine in cigarettes
Small doses of nicotine that are occasionally taken by smoking tobacco or vaping an electronic cigarette are not as dangerous, but a larger amount of nicotine consumed suddenly becomes toxic. It should also be emphasized that nicotine can be absorbed into the bloodstream and through the skin (the same way as nicotine patches work), so in case the liquid comes in contact with the skin or mouth, it is necessary to immediately rinse it with water, not to absorb a higher dose of nicotine than needed.
4. One cigarette is equal to 30 inhalations when vaping
The nicotine content of some liquids of certain brands very often shows a poor match between the marked and actual nicotine content in them. Studies show that using a vaping pen an individual ingests from O to 35 picograms of nicotine per inhalation. Assuming that a person ingests a high dose of nicotine of 30 picograms per vaping inhalation, approximately 30 inhalations is enough to ingest 1 mg of nicotine, which usually corresponds to one smoked tobacco cigarette. One inhalation of a vaping liquid of an electronic cigarette with the highest nicotine content has 20% of the nicotine contained in one smoke of a conventional cigarette. In this case, the actual delivery of nicotine to the body from electronic cigarettes is likely to be influenced by the user’s previous habits and his desire for a certain dose of nicotine.
5. It cannot be the cause of overdose
Nicotine is the least dangerous ingredient in tobacco products. Nicotine does not cause smoking-induced diseases, such as cancer and heart, blood vessel, and lung diseases, but it does cause addiction. There is a misconception that by using e-cigarettes people can overdose on nicotine. However, there is no risk of poisoning/overdose, and no cases of hospitalization have been reported due to overdose from inhaling nicotine-containing liquid that evaporates from an e-cigarette. Similar to NRT (Nicotine Replacement Therapy), if the amount of nicotine ingested is greater than that to which the body is accustomed, short-term nausea or dizziness may be felt. If this happens, the solution is to reduce the amount of nicotine in the e-solution or reduce the use of the cigarette.
The level of nicotine in e-cigarettes can be dosed, and thus reduced to zero.
6. Nicotine is dosed by yourself
Users can buy e-liquids with different nicotine levels, but the maximum amount of nicotine should not exceed 20 mg per milliliter. This has proven to be an adequate amount for most users who use vaping pens as a substitute for classic cigarettes.
7. Nicotine in vaping pens is not harming the environment.
There is no law that prevents or restricts the use of e-cigarettes.
E-cigarettes do not have a detrimental effect on the people around you. Some places, such as some sports stadiums and most airports, do not allow e-cigarettes, while others do. If there are no signs to indicate this, you should always ask. But using e-cigarettes helps to respect other people, especially non-smokers because they do not pose a danger to others like passive smoking of classic cigarettes.
Ignorant people tend to judge those who switched to vaping, due to the fact they contain nicotine like classic cigarettes. It is simply not the nicotine alone, that’s causing the addiction and health deterioration. Addiction is more of a psychological issue than a physical one. That’s why vaping is a good, healthier choice for curing the addiction.