VAPING VS SMOKING
This is still a well discussed debate within the world. There has been a lot of fear around vaping from the incidents that’s occurred in The US. There was many reports of illnesses and even some deaths among vaping users, this has re-sparked the debate on how safe vaping really is. We at Jumponthevape would like to clear some of this up.
To begin with we would like to give you a few known facts. Vaping is still an effective tool to quit smoking and it is 95% less harmful than smoking. The best thing for any smoker is to consider their health and quit smoking.
To put the issue into context, in the US cigarette smoking is responsible for more than 480,000 deaths a year, that’s around 1,300 every day.
What is in E-liquid?
So you are probably aware that people can buy flavoured e-liquid. E-liquid does not contain tobacco, but E-liquids can be bought either with or without nicotine.
The main ingredients of E-liquid:
Naural & artifical flavourings
Nicotine (If chosen)
Vegetable glycerine & Propylene glycol, are widely used across the food, cosmetic and pharmaceutical industries.
Nicotine is an addictive chemical which is why there is also restrictions as to how much can be in e-liquids. Experts agree that nicotine is not a cause of cancer.
E-liquid products sold within the UK are tightly regulated for quality and safety. The Tobacco Products Directive (Also known as TPD) restricts nicotine being added to bottles over the size of 10ml. Larger bottles e.g 50 mls with no nicotine are often referred to as shortfills. If you do want to add nicotine to these shortfills you can buy Nicotine shots to add to them
What are public health officials saying about vaping?
More research is needed into vaping related lung disease but the the problems within the US are largely related to vaping products containing Tetrahydrocannabinol (THC) which is the main psychoactive compound found in marijuana which gives the ‘high’ sensation.
Guidance published by the National Institute for Health and Care Excellence (NICE) supports the use of vaping & e-liquids to help people who are struggling to quit smoking.
This is backed by an evidence review carried out by Public Health England (PHE), which found that although not completely risk-free, vaping are at least 95% less harmful than smoking
The black market
Across the globe a black market vaping industry exists, supplying harmful and potentially deadly products. E-liquids bought off the street in the US have been found to contain counterfeit substances, including ‘cutting agents’ used to dilute the product. American health officials say they may also contain contaminants like pesticides, poisons and toxins.
Many of the American patients affected by the illnesses have admitted buying their e-liquids off the street and roughly 80% have reported using products containing THC.
The US has now started banning the sale of flavour e-liquids and Trump has already admitted he should not have jumped to conclusions and regrets getting involved. You can read our article here around this.
In the UK, all vape and e-liquids must be notified to the Medicines and Healthcare Regulatory Authority (MHRA) before they can be sold. You can check on the MHRA website whether the product you’re using can be legally sold.