Are Electronic Cigarettes Safe?

The question that seems to be on everybody’s lips at the moment is ‘Are Electronic Cigarettes Safe?’

We see in the news every day new reports or articles questioning the safety of E-Cigarettes.  Many reports claim that e-cigarettes are a gateway to encourage people to start smoking. Or even more absurd, that e-cigarettes are as bad or worse than cigarettes.


So before we go on we want to get something out of the way, e-cigarettes have been proven by Public Health England to be 95% less harmful than cigarettes.


The incredible thing about the media is the tendency to tell only one side of the story in order to gain the most exposure.  Or worse, to report on an issue completely out of context. After all we all know that bad news sells more papers that good news!


E-Cigarettes V.s Not Smoking

Firstly, it's important to put this question in the right context. Is using E-Cigarettes safe in comparison to not smoking – the answer would be absolutely not. If you had the choice to not smoke or to use an E-Cigarette, we 100% suggest the former.


We always tell anyone who is interested in knowing more about SMOKO – the best thing to do is to quit smoking completely and to not use any form of nicotine replacement or alternatives. Willpower and persistence are the healthiest techniques to use to quit smoking. 


However a lot of people can't quit on their own, and that is where e-cigarettes come in. E-cigarettes were designed to be an alternative to smoking, to provide smokers with a way to get nicotine without the 4000 chemicals and 50 known carcinogens found in cigarettes, not for non-smokers.


So when you see a study in the media that is comparing e-cigarettes to not smoking than of course it's going to be bad! E-cigarettes are much better for you than smoking, 95% better in fact, but they were not designed for non smokers.


If you compare almost anything to not doing it most activity's will fall short, and e-cigarettes are no different. 


When studies compare e-cigarettes to not using anything they are not understanding who e-cigarettes are for and what they are designed to do. 


Are E-Cigarettes Safer Than Smoking Cigarettes

This is a much more pressing question, after all e-cigarettes are designed for smokers, so are e-cigarettes better for them than smoking? The simple answer.. yes!


Whenever you see a study that compares e-cigarettes to smoking you can really see the difference. E-cigarettes are much better for you than smoking, so much so that the NHS is considering putting them on prescription and Cancer Research UK recommends smokers use them as an alternative.


The important thing to note is that none of these institutions think that e-cigarettes are perfect, but they know that e-cigarettes are so much better for you than cigarettes that if people can't quit on their own they should move to e-cigarettes.


The reason why E-Cigarettes are better is simple, they contain only 4 ingredients that we consume every day in other forms. Compare this to smoking cigarettes which has over 4,000 chemicals and 50 cancer causing chemicals and the difference is obvious.


The only chemical in e-cigarettes which could be considered bad is nicotine... which is the only reason you smoke. Surely if you can consume nicotine in the  least harmful manner, that would be an incredible achievement?


Are All E-Cigarettes the Same?

The answer is would be a resounding no.


The majority of E-Cigarettes and the nicotine solution that is used to create the smoke-like vapour are all made in China. As you may have guessed there is a wide range of quality in the factories, production facilities and business practices in China which lead to vast difference from one E-Cig to the next.


When SMOKO was first established it was decided that anything that went into our customers bodies had to be made in the UK. That way we can always guarantee that our customers get the best e-cig possible, and the safest too.


When you compare this to many of the other brands of e-cigarettes being sold in the UK today – whether in the major grocery stores, at a market stall or even in the £1 Store (yes the £1 Store), we believe strongly that not all e-cigarettes are created equally.


So when answering the question of whether E-Cigarettes are Safe and more specifically if SMOKO E-Cigarettes are safe, it's important to remember to put it into the right context! But if you are a smoker than SMOKO e-cigarettes are definiatley safer for you!


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