Let me start this off by stating that the title of this article did not say to quit smoking entirely. What I am talking about is vaping, or electronic cigarettes.
Many have claimed that they stopped smoking cigarettes, and started vaping instead, and so many authorities, such as the FDA, will not allow claims to be made by vaping associations or brands that vaping can help with smoking cessation, and I will just leave it at that, because it is a highly debated, hot, controversial topic.
That all being said, I will share my opinion on the topic. I think vaping is an amazing alternative to smoking cigarettes. I have personally used vaping to cut down on my smoking, and also quit smoking cigarettes altogether and just vape.
Not only from my personal experience do I feel this way, but from a few friends, and many people I have heard talk about this subject over the years.
Is Vaping Better Than Smoking?
That is a question many ask, and probably equally as many feel it is a dumb question; that clearly vaping is a better alternative, yet very few say they think you wouldn’t be better off just not vaping entirely.
Others just don’t know. They figure you are inhaling something like smoke, with nicotine, and how do you know it is not just as bad?
From the studies I am aware of, and testimonials that I’ve heard, it does appear to be a big improvement over smoking traditional cigarettes.
My opinion is absolutely yes vaping is better, and scientific studies on the subject will take time to know the long term side effects.
Vaping and Controversy
There is so much controversy surrounding this topic, to the point where I bet if you are reading this article, you’ve been exposed to some of it.
One of the latest is that of the JUUL device, which is one of the most popular devices at the time of this writing. Some claim that they appear to be targeting an underage demographic with their marketing, to which JUUL has made adjustments to make clear that this isn’t the case.
Along with that, there are conspiracy theories about the intentions of some anti-vaping propaganda. Some would say vape brands and associations are under attack from those vested in the tobacco industry whom have been adversely affected by losing business to people vaping instead of smoking.
On that token, some tobacco giants have purchased some of the major vape brands (including the Acquisition of JUUL by Altria), and so the lines have become blurry in that respect, yet controversy very definitely remains, between the underage topics, along with what the long term affects are, and also nicotine addiction, since vapor products typically contain nicotine.
What Does The Future Hold For Vaping and Smoking?
This is a tough one to guess, with so many variables. Undeniably there are big financial interests on all sides, both by companies who sell these products, and there are massive amounts of tax dollars affected by this.
Some states have raised the minimum age to purchase nicotine products to 21, and there have been rumors of getting rid of menthol cigarettes, reducing the amount of nicotine in cigarettes, stopping the sale of flavored vapes, and even stopping the sale of all vapor products altogether.
It is hard to say what will be the end result. If I was buying stocks related to any of this, I don’t know what I would invest in at this point. Possibly JUUL, because I don’t see Altria taking big gambles. They are a massive company with a lot of influence, so I would have to guess JUUL is here to stay, which I hope for as well since I use a JUUL and really like it.
Anyways, if you are a smoker, who is looking to stop smoking cigarettes, you may want to look into vaping as an alternative, one that I and many others do think is a better choice, and on that note, that is my opinion, so do your own research to form your own opinion.