Is Vaping Worse Than Smoking A Cigarette?

Many have wondered whether vaping e-cigs is worse for one’s health than smoking cigarettes and while scientists continue to research and debate the health implications of vaping as it compares to smoking, here’s what we know so far.

Long-Term Health

A report issued by the National Academy of Sciences has found no currently known long-term health effects to vaping, however, this finding is inconclusive in the sense that the key phrase here is “currently known.” The implication being that while there may be long-term health concerns associated with vaping, medical science is not currently aware of any. Subsequently, we will all have to wait for more research into the matter before we can reach a final conclusion on the long-term health implications of vaporizing.

Cigarettes Kill

While the negative health implications of smoking cigarettes are widely publicized today, a newly published study conducted by U.K. researchers has found that it only takes one cigarette a day to kill you.

Vaping Is Less Harmful

A congressionally mandated report from the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine in which researchers examined a trove of research into the effects of vaping has found vaping electronic cigarettes to likely be far less harmful than smoking conventional cigarettes.

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) released a preliminary review of the IQOS heat not burn device, a smoke-free alternative to cigarettes that heats tobacco sticks instead of burning them, has found the aerosol or vapor produced by the IQOS to be less harmful than the smoke produced by burning a cigarette.

A survey conducted by YouGov, a market research firm, on behalf of vape shop Electric Tobacconist asked British citizens whether they believed vaping to be less harmful than smoking cigarettes and more than two and five surveyed reported that they believed vaping to be less harmful.

In a study led by Georgetown Lombardi professor of oncology David Levy, PhD, researchers estimated that if the world’s smokers converted to vapers, humans would live significantly longer. By their estimate, 86.7 million years longer.

Vaping Recommended To Smokers

The U.K. government’s public health service has recommended that smokers give up their cigarettes in favor of vaporizers due to the health implications.


Based on the available evidence today, it would seem that smokers are betting off vaping as there currently exists a growing body of scientific evidence that suggests vaping is less harmful than smoking. However, we should be quick to note that there is no clear indication that vaping is indeed harmless. In fact, there’s a chance that vaping, like smoking, could very well carry its own health risks, although they may differ from those associated with smoking.

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