Disposable vapes and cigarettes both contain nicotine, an addictive substance. However, when it comes to overall harm, disposable vapes are generally considered to be less harmful than traditional cigarettes.
Cigarettes contain tobacco and produce harmful chemicals and carcinogens when burned. This combustion process releases tar, carbon monoxide, and thousands of toxic chemicals, many of which are known to cause cancer, lung disease, and heart disease. Secondhand smoke from cigarettes also poses a significant health risk to non-smokers.
On the other hand, disposable vapes use a liquid (e-liquid) that contains nicotine, propylene glycol, vegetable glycerin, and flavorings. When heated, the e-liquid turns into vapor, which is then inhaled. Vaping does not involve combustion, so it produces fewer harmful chemicals compared to smoking. Public Health England, a UK government agency, estimates that e-cigarettes are around 95% less harmful than traditional cigarettes.
However, it’s important to note that disposable vapes are not entirely risk-free. They still contain nicotine, which can have adverse effects on cardiovascular health, and some flavorings used in e-liquids may pose potential health risks. Additionally, long-term effects of vaping are not yet fully understood, as e-cigarettes have only been on the market for a relatively short period.
In summary, while disposable vapes are generally considered less harmful than cigarettes, they are not entirely without risks. If you do not already smoke or vape, it’s best to avoid starting. If you are a smoker looking to quit, vaping may be a less harmful alternative, but seeking guidance from a healthcare professional and considering nicotine replacement therapy options is recommended.