The vaporizer and e-juice market have exploded over the past few years as thousands of people put down their packs of smokes in favor of picking up bottles of e-juice to drip into their favorite vaporizers. People are choosing vaporizers because of the less toxic profile of vapor, the lower costs of vaping compared to smoking, and that it’s one of the few ways to “quit” smoking and still take advantage of the social benefits of smoking as well as the oral fixation picked up after several years of the habit.

Because of this increased interest, there are a staggering number of different e-juices to choose from. If you’re an avid marijuana smoker, you will note that the worst side-effects of this drug are not the symptoms, but simply the THC levels that stay in your system. The THC can stay in your body long enough (especially if you have a drug test coming up). We highly recommend the THC detox if you are wanting to pass a drug test.

However, if you’re looking to make the switch, the benefits of vape juice are numerous and in fact, I’ll only be able to cover a few of the more prominent ones lest this becomes less of an article and more of a novella.

Reduction In Consumption Of Known Carcinogens | Traditional cigarettes, also known as analog cigarettes, are well documented to produce smoke-filled the brim with cancer-causing chemicals like formaldehyde and benzene. I would like to note that there is currently a myth going around that formaldehyde is also found in e-juice vapor, but the study that made that conclusion has a major flaw in their methodology. They did not test vapor coming from vaporizers properly. They used a machine to “draw” from the vaporizer and had the devices “inhale” for much longer than an actual vape user would elect to choose and it is theorized that the formaldehyde found was actually from them cooking the atomizer inside the device which then released formaldehyde. Under normal conditions, vaping produces no formaldehyde.

Vape juice usually contains very few ingredients: a mixture of propylene glycol and vegetable glycerin (both considered safe by the FDA), pure nicotine, and the chemicals responsible for the flavor and color of the vape juice. Only poorly sourced Chinese vape juices are known to contain known carcinogens and the average user is much more insulated from harm compared to analog cigarettes. Upon vaporization, there’s a much smaller number of chemicals that can be produced from these constituents compared to tobacco smoke, especially since it is well-known that cigarette companies add additional compounds to their product that makes them much less healthy than smoking the tobacco plant alone.

Reduction In Lung Damage | Since vapor isn’t as hot or harsh as smoke, the overall damage to the lungs is reduced greatly. Also, vaporizing does not leave deposits of tar over time in the lungs of users. In fact, the only prominent effect vaping has on the lungs is temporary inflammation of the respiratory passageways that abates quickly upon completing a session.

There’s also a myth here that needs to be debunked: that vaporizers cause “popcorn lung.” Popcorn lung is a condition that was first discovered in workers in popcorn plants that used the chemical diacetyl during the flavoring process. This condition cannot be reversed and leads to portions of the lung becoming unusable which hampers overall respiratory ability.  While diacetyl has been shown to be produced by some vape juices, what is left out is that diacetyl is also found in cigarette smoke and popcorn lung is not a symptom of smoking cigarettes. Therefore, the circumstances under which diacetyl is inhaled is directly related to whether or not popcorn lung will be developed in an otherwise healthy person. The workers at the popcorn plant inhaled these fumes constantly for hours at a time day in and day out, this is much different from how vaporizers are used.

Make Your Own Conclusions | The benefits of vaping over smoking are growing with each and every day, but putting anything other than clean, fresh air into your lungs will most likely have some side effects. I would suggest that vape users stay on top of current medical science and make sure to employ critical thinking skills whenever they read something that seems too critical or too in favor of vaping instead of smoking.