T-Talk: Is vaping addictive?
More and more people are switching to vaping in order to quit smoking, and for good reason - scientific studies highlight vaping as one of the most effective ways to cut out cigarettes for good. However, many smokers are understandably worried that they may be switching one addiction for another. Here’s what we have to say about it.
The reason that vaping is thought to be addictive is due to the fact that most e-liquids contain nicotine. Nicotine is the same stimulant that can be found in cigarettes and is a key contributor to cigarette addiction.
Nicotine encourages the release of dopamine in your brain, which causes light-headedness and a mild tingling sensation in your body, known as a ‘nicotine rush’. Whilst this feeling is short-lived (and will eventually cease altogether), your brain becomes used to the alteration of chemicals and begins to crave it. This is one of the main reasons that some people enjoy tobacco smoking and become addicted to it.
However, nicotine in itself is not as harmful as you might think. Despite the fact that overwhelming numbers of people still believe that nicotine is harmful, many health authorities including the Royal Society for Public Health compare the risks of nicotine with that of caffeine. It is the other chemicals that are present in cigarettes that are life-threatening, such as tar, carbon monoxide and arsenic.
Vaping can be addictive because you can choose to have an e-liquid that contains nicotine, but this is not a bad thing - it’s inclusion in e-liquids is one of the reasons that so many smokers find vaping to be an effective way of quitting cigarettes.
Smoking is one of the biggest causes of death and illness in the UK - over 78,000 people die each year from smoking-related illnesses and even more endure a low-quality of life. If you compare this with the relative harm of nicotine, we know that vaping is the best option for any smoker looking to quit.