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Reasons to vape in 2021
There are more good reasons now in 2021 than ever before to start vaping if you don’t vape already. Along with the health benefits of vaping over smoking, e cigarettes are a convenient and relatively inexpensive way to help you quit smoking.
With so many reasons to vape, there’s never been a better time to start using e cigarettes to give up smoking once and for all.
Why should I start vaping?
Here some of the most important benefits of starting to vape e cigarettes instead of smoking cigarettes:
1. Better health
Improved health is probably the biggest motivating factor for people to switch from vaping from smoking this year. Why? Because smoking still kills around 80,000 people every year in the UK. It’s also still the biggest cause of cancer worldwide. If staying alive isn’t a good enough reason for starting vaping, then what is?
Health benefits of vaping vs tobacco
Recent studies have shown that vaping is around 95% less harmful than smoking tobacco. Most importantly, e cigarette vapour contains nowhere near as many harmful toxins as cigarette smoke does.
Though vaping won’t necessarily bring about direct improvements in your skin in itself, stopping smoking certainly will, and vaping is one of the best ways to stop smoking.
No tar or carbon monoxide
Vaping is probably safer than smoking because e cigarettes (unlike tobacco cigarettes) don’t produce smoke or involve burning. The reason for this is that vaping does’nt give you any of the tar and carbon monoxide that you get from tobacco smoke. So, e cigarette users still get their beneficial nicotine hit, but without the added harmful effects of smoking.
Tobacco smoke vs e cigarette vapour
Cigarette tobacco is harmful on its own, but it becomes even more toxic when you burn (and smoke) it. This is because burning tobacco generates tar, which contains hundreds more toxins that you inhale. These include arsenic, lead, mercury, formaldehyde and even radioactive chemicals in some cases.
So, while vapour from e cigarettes is unlikely to be 100% toxin-free, it’s still way safer compared to tobacco smoke for this reason.
2. Starting vaping makes giving up smoking easier
Another great benefit of starting vaping for smokers is that it’s statistically more likely to help you stop smoking for good. That’s why that 2021 New Year’s resolution to start vaping could bring about a lifelong change in the way you live.
Benefits of Vaping over NRT
Recent UK studies show that vaping is twice as effective as nicotine gum, patches or spray for giving up smoking. And this is another key reason why so many people choose to vape rather than going for NRT.
Why is vaping easier?
The likely reason why vaping helps people quit so effectively is because it gives you both nicotine replacement and smoking satisfaction (flavour and feel) in one go. So because you’re getting the familiarity of smoking actions as well as relief from cravings, you’re more likely to stick with it.
Get advice to decide if vaping can help you
Although vaping is a beneficial way for many people to stop smoking, it might not be for you. That’s why you should get all the facts on stopping smoking with NRT and vaping, first. Your GP or local quit clinic will be able to give you an even clearer idea of whether vaping can help you quit smoking.
3. Vaping helps you save money
Potential savings benefits for smokers who decide to swap their £4,600+ a-year smoking habit for vaping are huge. So, saving money is another excellent reason why smokers should start vaping this year.
If you’re wasting hard-earned cash on cigarettes right now, you’ll be pleased to know that vaping is much cheaper. It costs on average around £1000 per year to vape in the UK. So heavy smokers who shift to vaping can expect to save thousands of pounds per year.
Benefits of big savings from starting vaping
Twenty-a-day smokers in the UK spend £12.73 per day on cigarettes (2021 prices). That’s £4,646 a year in total. If you go for a budget vape set-up, you can easily vape for £300 per year. Just think what you could do with those extra savings!
If you’ve got more to spend, you could go all-out on latest vape gear, branded vape juice, etc when you start vaping. But even then, you’d still probably save half of the money you’re spending on smoking right now.
Or maybe, you smoke roll-ups with loose tobacco (annual cost of around £1050 at 50g per week). You can still shred your smoking costs if you go down the budget vaping route. The chart below shows the potential money-saving benefits of stopping smoking and starting vaping.
Cost of smoking vs vaping over one year 2021
|Cost of smoking cigarettes||Cost of smoking roll-ups (tobacco and papers)||Cost of vaping (starter kit, replacement parts, vape juice, power usage, etc)|
|£4,600 (approx.)||£1.500 (approx.)||From £300 to £2000 (approx.)|
4. Vaping is more convenient than smoking
One really great advantage of starting vaping is that it’s extremely convenient, compared with smoking. Ok, so you have to recharge, refill, or replace cartridges, etc. But is that really any harder than all the hoops that smoking makes you jump through? Believe me, it’s easier to vape than smoke.
Convenience is a good reason to vape
No more popping out or annoying people
If you want to vape, you don’t usually have to “pop out” anywhere (unless you’re at work or in a public space). And when you’re at home, there’s no need or reason for you to vape outside in the rain, wind or snow.
And even if you do go outside to vape, you won’t annoy the neighbours with the smell of smoke. Because there isn’t any. For smokers who are sick of having to always hide away and smoke, the relative comfort of vaping is a welcome change.
No more ashtrays or lighting up
Another advantage of starting vaping is of course that there’s no lighting up and no need for ashtrays, either! What’s not to like?
Vape (almost) anywhere, anytime
Public spaces aside, people who want to vape can enjoy their habit anywhere and anytime, within reason.
5. More satisfaction than smoking
Satisfaction is one important reason why people often choose to continue to vape once they’ve got a taste for it. Feeling comfortable and satisfied without your cigarettes is one of the huge advantages of vaping. And this is a huge plus when it comes to staying on track – and staying away from smoking.
Vaping is actually enjoyable!
Another plus of using an e cigarette you can actually enjoy it. Have you ever enjoyed wearing a nicotine patch? I thought not.
With vaping, you can still enjoy all of the actions of smoking. You have rich flavours you can savour and thick clouds of warm vapour to get lost in. You still get a satisfying buzz, not to mention something to go with your morning coffee.
Vaping satisfaction means you miss smoking less
Once you realise how satisfying vaping can be, chances are you won’t miss your old smoking habit half as much. This is a huge advantage of vaping.
With so many vape kits now being designed specifically to help people quit smoking, vaping gives smokers cleaner, richer flavours that satisfy you in ways that smoking simply can’t. There’s none of the stale smokiness, just pure flavour and a nicotine buzz to match.
So my advice to smokers wondering “why should I start vaping?” is to stop thinking of e cigs as yet another form of boring NRT. After all, they’re much more than that. Instead, why not allow the promise of vaping satisfaction to motivate you to start vaping and give e cigs a try!
6. Better social life after quitting with vaping
Another great advantage of vaping is that it can help you carry on with your social life even after you’ve stopped smoking. Vaping is now more common – and socially acceptable these days. So, starting vaping means you don’t have to become a social hermit just because you don’t smoke any more.
The curse of the non-smoker
It’s possibly the social aspect of smoking that keeps many smokers going back to cigarettes after they’ve quit. How easy it is to go out with friends who smoke after you’ve just stopped smoking yourself? It’s really no fun to be a non-smoker around smokers.
In the end, you succumb to peer pressure. And before you know it, you’re back on the ciggies again.
No more feeling left out
Vaping on the other hand gives you the benefit of being able to carry on hanging out with smoker friends without feeling left out. They smoke and you just vape. It’s that simple.
A cleaner, nicer-smelling house and clothes for you and your guests
While it’s true that vaping can leave a slight smell indoors on clothes or furniture, it’s no way near as bad as the smell of cigarette smoke. With vaping, you can look forward to a cleaner, fresher-smelling home with no more smelly ashtrays to clean!