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There’s always been a lot of questioning surrounding the topic of Vaping and whether or not it is safe to do or not. A lot of negative articles and media coverage has been published over the years condeming vaping and highlighting the “dangers” of it, and unfortunately, this gets pushed out more than the positive news of how Vaping can actually help people.
One of the commonly asked questions is the titular question of this blog being “Is Vaping Without Nicotine Safe?” and the answer is yes, because vaping is relatively safe to do with or without Nicotine!
In this blog, I’m going to take a look at all of the factors involving vaping and safety and aim to answer this question in depth and give assurance that Vaping remains safe to do so, with or without Nicotine.
Is Vaping Safe?
Working for a vaping company, as well as being a vaper myself for the last 6 years, it goes without saying that I’m a huge advocate for Vaping. Vaping has helped me quit smoking for good, after being a smoker for around 5 years and I’ve not looked back since I made the switch!
When I first started out Vaping, of course I had a certain degree of scepticism about it all and was unsure of the safety of it all, and even asked the question above, of is vaping actually safe to do? But it was something I saw on a massive poster in a vape shop that encouraged me to make the change and give it a try.
“Vaping is 95% Safer Than Smoking”
Those were the words plastered in big letters over this poster, and it caught my attention. These weren’t the words of the vape shop chain, no no no. Underneath this quote it read “Public Health England, 2016” and that’s what really grabbed by attention.
Public Health England is an executive agency of the Department of Health and Social Care, established on 1 April 2013. And the quotation from their website about themselves says that it exists to “protect and improve the nation’s health and wellbeing and reducing health inequalities”
So this agency overlooks everything to do with the nation’s health and ensures things are being done to create a healthier and better future for everyone involved, and this includes the advocacy for Vaping! PHE made the statement back in 2016 that cemented their stance on Vaping, declaring it 95% safer than smoking which was just a huge leap forward in the right direction for Vaping, especially considering it was a relatively new thing to market back then.
The reason it was 95% safer and not 100% safer is because there hasn’t been enough time elapsed that’s required for long term research to be conducted on it to find out whether or not it is in fact 100% safe, which is fair and understandable. And their stance on Vaping was further lamented in a study commissioned by PHE and carried out by Cochrane which affirmed Vaping to be 95% safer than smoking based on the research that’s come out over the years.
As I mentioned, this was enough for me to convince me to try vaping, but there still remains plenty of uncertainty and scepticism from some regarding the use of E-Cigarettes and Vaping in general, which is widely down to the fact that so much negative press is published about vaping, which actually isn’t factually correct. And the primary thing that’s always included in this is Nicotine. Let’s look at this in more detail…
Is Vaping Without Nicotine Safe?
Now we come onto the titular question and the whole reason you’ve probably come here to find an answer for! And I can give a simplistic answer and then elaborate on it…Yes, Vaping without Nicotine is safe.
We established at the head of this article that Vaping is safer than smoking, not just me saying it, but Public Health England firmly believe it and also GP’s and Stop Smoking Services are even now pushing the use of E-Cigarettes to people to help them quit smoking. If it really wasn’t safe, then why would this be occurring?
Choosing to vape without Nicotine can actually be more beneficial for you, simply for the fact that you won’t be taking in Nicotine within your vape juice, therefore not creating an addiction/dependency to Nicotine, which really is the ideal scenario.
Vaping with Nicotine is only recommended to people who are ex-smokers looking to quit smoking and utilise something like an E-Cigarette as a form of Nicotine Replacement Therapy. If you previously haven’t smoked or ever had Nicotine, it would be a bit mindless to then start using a vape juice that contained Nicotine, as once the addiction sets in, it’s not an easy one to get rid of.
People do choose to use a vape without nicotine if they haven’t previously smoked, which there’s no harm in doing so really. I’ve read reports of people using 0mg vapes to help alleviate stress and anxiety, or even help stop cravings for sweet things if they’re conscious of their weight, as having a puff on some sweet vape juice seems to do the trick for them, whatever works I guess!
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Nicotine Is Not Harmful!
Let’s start by taking a look at a traditional cigarette. Did you know that when a cigarette is lit, there’s over 6000 different chemicals formed in the smoke emitted from a cigarette. This is the same smoke that someone will inhale into their lungs and circulate in their body.
Out of these 6000+ chemicals, it’s been proven that there are at least 70 toxic chemicals that can cause cancer. And not just cancer, but other deadly diseases such as heart disease, lung disease, breathing problems and a multitude of other illnesses which can have a heavy impact on someone’s life, and in some cases, even lead to their death.
There’s three chemicals found in cigarettes which are, I would say, the most known ones to people and they are Tar, Carbon Monoxide and Nicotine. You’ve probably heard of all three of them right?
So what if I was to tell you that two of these three chemicals play a pivotal role in contracting deadly diseases like the ones I listed above, and the third one is just highly addictive and doesn’t actually cause any harm whatsoever to the body? Which one is it? If you said Nicotine, then gold star for you because you’re right!
Contrary to the very popular belief of many sceptics, Nicotine is not one of the harmful chemicals found in cigarette smoke. Yes, it is highly addictive and this is what people get hooked on, and even dependant on, when they smoke cigarettes BUT it’s not harmful! I can’t stress that enough and will continue to do so during this article.
All you have to do for validation is visit reputable sites like Cancer Research UK, and read what they say about Nicotine as well as Vaping. An excerpt regarding Nicotine reads;
“Nicotine is the chemical that makes cigarettes addictive. But it is not responsible for the harmful effects of smoking, and nicotine does not cause cancer. People have safely used nicotine replacement therapy (NRT) to stop smoking for many years. Nicotine replacement therapy is prescribed by doctors or is available from pharmacies.“
And the point they make at the end there is one of my main arguments whenever anyone tries to bring forward the fact that Nicotine is harmful. If Nicotine was in fact harmful to a person, would Doctors and Pharmacies willing be giving it to people and recommending it if it was going to cause them harm? I don’t think they would…