Years ago I wrote an article on cannabis/pot smoking, so I’ve decided to do some research on the more commercialised smoking material – Tobacco.
As we know, tobacco smoking is considered one of the most brutal killers (suicidal form) among humankind. The addiction from nicotine itself is bad enough for smokers/chain-smokers to cling onto a nasty packet of tar eventhough it is quite familiar to all that they do more harm to themselves, let alone the second-hand smokers around them. Think about the children and puppies.
Here comes the revolutionary gadget – Vaporisers. It’s a hybrid of shisha and normal smoking without the negativities!
When I got introduced to vapes by some of my dear cray-vaping friends, I was beyond skeptical to its invention.
- Would vaping provide the same kick to smoking that smokers crave for?
- Would vaporisers actually help smokers from wasting their kachings on packets of cigarettes?
On the other hand, this is pretty cool! There are exclusive clubs for vapers too, such as VapeClubUK, Hoosier Capers USA, AussieVapers, Vapekulture in Malaysia and so on…
Smoking vs. Vaping Chemicals
Aside from the stench of tobacco cigarette smoke vs. the non-offensive or usually pleasant scents associated with vaping, burning tobacco generates a smoke that is a toxic cocktail of chemicals that affect not only the smoker, but others as well.
Chemicals in tobacco cigarette smoke
- Acetaldehyde: suspected carcinogen.
- Acetone: irritant: can cause kidney and liver damage.
- Acrolein: extremely toxic.
- Acrylonitrile: suspected human carcinogen.
- 1-aminonaphthalene: causes cancer.
- 2-aminonaphthalene: causes bladder cancer.
- Ammonia: raises blood pressure.
- Benzene: carcinogen.
- Benzo[a]pyrene: mutagenic and highly carcinogenic
- 1,3-Butadiene: suspected carcinogen.
- Butyraldehyde: damages the lining of nose and lungs.
- Cadmium: a heavy metal and highly toxic
- Carbon Monoxide: decreases heart and muscle function.
- Catechol: causes respiratory tract irritation and dermatitis.
- Chromium: heavy metal and carcinogen.
- Cresol: causes upper respiratory, nasal and throat irritation.
- Crotonaldehyde: thought to interfere with immune function.
- Formaldehyde: carcinogen
- Hydrogen Cyanide: lethal poison
- Hydroquinone: affects central nervous system effects.
- Isoprene: irritates skin,eyes and mucous membranes.
- Lead: causes brain damage
- Methyl Ethyl Ketone: depresses the central nervous system.
- Nickel: causes bronchial asthma and is a known carcinogen.
- Nicotine: increases in heart rate and blood pressure, addictive element
- Nitric Oxide: linked to Huntington’s, Alzheimer’s and Parkinson’s disease and asthma.
- NNN, NNK, and NAT: known or possible carcinogens
- Phenol: damages the the liver, kidneys; respiratory, cardiovascular and central nervous system.
- Polonium – radioactive*
- Propionaldehyde: skin, eye and respiratory system irritant
- Pyridine: causes eye and upper respiratory tract irritation
- Quinoline: causes genetic damage and is a possible carcinogen
- Resorcinol: skin and eye irritant
- Styrene: carcinogen
- Toluene: linked to permanent brain damage.
* Australian scientist Dr Karl Kruszelnicki says the polonium released in tobacco cigarettes is the equivalent to 200 chest x-rays a year for people who smoke a pack of cigarettes every day.
Chemicals in ecig vapours
Compare that partial list with chemicals and compounds in e-cigarette vapours
- Propylene glycol (not Ethylene glycol – which is toxic). Used in asthma inhalers and nebulizers. An experiment using animals determined “air containing these vapors in amounts up to the saturation point is completely harmless”. The USA FDA has classified propylene glycol as “generally recognised as safe”.
- Vegetable glycerol – low toxicity. Used in medications, cosmetic and food items.
The only other chemicals are in the flavourings, which (if coming from a reputable merchant) are food grade and generally recognised as safe. By volume, flavours make up a very small percentage of eliquids.
So back to my question above… Vaping over stinkyciggs?
To my amazement, it does kick tobacco’s asses for most vapers. It is time for smokers to bid farewell to the booming cigarette taxes that’s profiting anyone but us for the wrong reasons.