Why has Vaping Become So Popular in Ireland?
March 30, 2017 (No Comments) by Annabel Hynes

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One of the latest trends to go global is the phenomenon known as “vaping”. This practise, which is essentially considered by many to be the healthier alternative to smoking, has taken off in recent years, and the demand doesn’t look to be dying down any time soon. E-cigarettes are the vessels of this new trend, battery-powered pieces of technology that heat a liquid infused with pure nicotine and turn it into steam to be inhaled. The liquid can be flavoured with anything from the taste of traditional cigarette brands to coffee. The health risks and advantages of vaping are being hotly debated all the time, but since the idea is a relatively new one, and the scientific studies on the topic are still developing, the industry is still thriving – everywhere.

Why Is Vaping So Popular?

A report from health service Public Health England found that vaping is considerably less damaging to your wellbeing than regular tobacco; in fact, it’s 95% less harmful. Almost all of the consumers of e-cigarettes are smokers trying to quit, or ex-smokers who have kicked the habit, with only 0.1% of users having never smoked.

Vaping is demonstrably successful as an alternative for people who smoke, and almost certainly better for smokers’ general health. E-cigarettes are effective motivators for people who are trying to give up smoking, and though the habit has been on the decline for a few years now, vaping is seen by many to be another step towards eradicating it completely. The customisable aspect of the e-cigarettes also lends it a modern and stylish factor. The pens come in many different shapes and sizes, and the nicotine solution can be almost any flavour. It is popular among young people for this reason, undoubtedly, but the overarching appeal is how much it resembles a tobacco cigarette without the deluge of carcinogens.

Vaping is not only better for you than smoking – it’s also a lot cheaper. Smokers trying to quit by going the e-cigarette route could potentially save thousands when they make the switch, and commit to it. Instead of spending money on packs of cigarettes, vaping only requires the electronic pen and the occasional replacement of the “juice” that produces the vapour. It’s no mystery why people want to save their money, and smoking is a sure way to empty your pockets quickly and frequently.

What Are The Risks?

Some public health services, such as the World Health Organisation, argue that supporting (and in particular, actively marketing) e-cigarettes could be leading us down a deadly path. For the first time in many years, tobacco companies are being permitted advertisements on television. Many of them who have jumped on the vaping bandwagon are touting e-cigarettes as well as regular cigarettes, and are bringing in consumers by advertising the former. Some scientists still studying the effects of vaping have come forward with concerns over how this may lead to a rise in the popularity of smoking by association, rather than abolishing it. Similarly, the images of vaping celebrities and famous personalities could leave a negative impression on young people in particular, who may not differentiate e-cigarettes and normal cigarettes so readily.

Another possible danger arises from the nicotine solution that is heated and turned to steam. Regulations on childproofing the containers have been suggested, due to the potency of the nicotine that must be regularly purchased for the e-cigarettes and its ease of access; it doesn’t appear to be the most worrying feature of the product, but it’s definitely something that many health officials agree must be taken into account.

Why People Are Against It?

Not everyone is on board with the worldwide phenomenon, either. The Irish Cancer Society has refused to endorse e-cigarettes, despite the overwhelming evidence that it is a far better alternative to smoking. The argument they gave Independent.ie was that the long term effects of vaping are still unknown, since it is a relatively new trend. E-cigarettes may very well incite health problems of a serious nature that we have yet to see, and which scientists have only begun to investigate – there are also many theories and results of exploring the effects of vaping that contradict each other at present.

Hopefully the rise in popularity of vaping will not encourage a revival of smoking habits in veteran smokers, nor inspire young people and non-smokers to take up the habit. We have yet to see what the end result of many years of vaping can do to the body, but until any conclusive data about e-cigarettes doing more harm than good emerges, vaping isn’t causing any serious problems in society. For once, it seems there’s something ‘cool’ that isn’t necessarily hazardous to your health!

Annabel Hynes
Lifestyle and entertainment writer with an interest in politics, despite the groans it incites at the dinner table. Sci-fi obsessive.

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Why has Vaping Become So Popular in Ireland?
March 30, 2017 (No Comments) by Annabel Hynes

vaping-e1472741158785

One of the latest trends to go global is the phenomenon known as “vaping”. This practise, which is essentially considered by many to be the healthier alternative to smoking, has taken off in recent years, and the demand doesn’t look to be dying down any time soon. E-cigarettes are the vessels of this new trend, battery-powered pieces of technology that heat a liquid infused with pure nicotine and turn it into steam to be inhaled. The liquid can be flavoured with anything from the taste of traditional cigarette brands to coffee. The health risks and advantages of vaping are being hotly debated all the time, but since the idea is a relatively new one, and the scientific studies on the topic are still developing, the industry is still thriving – everywhere.

Why Is Vaping So Popular?

A report from health service Public Health England found that vaping is considerably less damaging to your wellbeing than regular tobacco; in fact, it’s 95% less harmful. Almost all of the consumers of e-cigarettes are smokers trying to quit, or ex-smokers who have kicked the habit, with only 0.1% of users having never smoked.

Vaping is demonstrably successful as an alternative for people who smoke, and almost certainly better for smokers’ general health. E-cigarettes are effective motivators for people who are trying to give up smoking, and though the habit has been on the decline for a few years now, vaping is seen by many to be another step towards eradicating it completely. The customisable aspect of the e-cigarettes also lends it a modern and stylish factor. The pens come in many different shapes and sizes, and the nicotine solution can be almost any flavour. It is popular among young people for this reason, undoubtedly, but the overarching appeal is how much it resembles a tobacco cigarette without the deluge of carcinogens.

Vaping is not only better for you than smoking – it’s also a lot cheaper. Smokers trying to quit by going the e-cigarette route could potentially save thousands when they make the switch, and commit to it. Instead of spending money on packs of cigarettes, vaping only requires the electronic pen and the occasional replacement of the “juice” that produces the vapour. It’s no mystery why people want to save their money, and smoking is a sure way to empty your pockets quickly and frequently.

What Are The Risks?

Some public health services, such as the World Health Organisation, argue that supporting (and in particular, actively marketing) e-cigarettes could be leading us down a deadly path. For the first time in many years, tobacco companies are being permitted advertisements on television. Many of them who have jumped on the vaping bandwagon are touting e-cigarettes as well as regular cigarettes, and are bringing in consumers by advertising the former. Some scientists still studying the effects of vaping have come forward with concerns over how this may lead to a rise in the popularity of smoking by association, rather than abolishing it. Similarly, the images of vaping celebrities and famous personalities could leave a negative impression on young people in particular, who may not differentiate e-cigarettes and normal cigarettes so readily.

Another possible danger arises from the nicotine solution that is heated and turned to steam. Regulations on childproofing the containers have been suggested, due to the potency of the nicotine that must be regularly purchased for the e-cigarettes and its ease of access; it doesn’t appear to be the most worrying feature of the product, but it’s definitely something that many health officials agree must be taken into account.

Why People Are Against It?

Not everyone is on board with the worldwide phenomenon, either. The Irish Cancer Society has refused to endorse e-cigarettes, despite the overwhelming evidence that it is a far better alternative to smoking. The argument they gave Independent.ie was that the long term effects of vaping are still unknown, since it is a relatively new trend. E-cigarettes may very well incite health problems of a serious nature that we have yet to see, and which scientists have only begun to investigate – there are also many theories and results of exploring the effects of vaping that contradict each other at present.

Hopefully the rise in popularity of vaping will not encourage a revival of smoking habits in veteran smokers, nor inspire young people and non-smokers to take up the habit. We have yet to see what the end result of many years of vaping can do to the body, but until any conclusive data about e-cigarettes doing more harm than good emerges, vaping isn’t causing any serious problems in society. For once, it seems there’s something ‘cool’ that isn’t necessarily hazardous to your health!

Annabel Hynes
Lifestyle and entertainment writer with an interest in politics, despite the groans it incites at the dinner table. Sci-fi obsessive.

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