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More Than Half of UK Vapers ‘Have Given Up Smoking’

A majority of U.K. smokers have switched to vaping, thinking it’s less harmful than smoking, BBC.com reports. Current smokers said they vape to reduce the amount they smoke. BBC quoted Ann McNeill, professor of tobacco addiction at King's College London, who said she believes all smokers need to switch to vaping.

A statement like that is tantamount to advising people to pick which poison you want to die by, as e-cigarettes are not the safe alternative they’re made out to be. Besides nicotine, they contain flavorings that may be as dangerous to your health as smoking. 

For instance, diacetyl is one of the chemicals used to flavor e-cigarettes. It’s also used for adding a buttery taste to microwave popcorn, which is linked to respiratory damage, including inflammation and permanent scarring of the airways, dubbed "popcorn lung," in workers at a microwave popcorn plant.

This may be one reason why Pamela Ling, from the University of California San Francisco, says that, even assuming e-cigarettes are safer than regular cigarettes, the safety measurement sets the safety bar extremely low.

E-cigarettes deliver nicotine and other chemicals to your body using heat but not combustion. Using heat created by a battery, an e-cig heats a liquid to create an aerosol that contains nicotine, flavorings and other chemicals — which is simply a different way of consuming nicotine.

No matter how you consume it, nicotine is still addictive. If you want to stop smoking don’t start vaping. I believe the "secret" to quitting smoking is to get healthy first, which will make quitting much easier. Exercising is part and parcel of this plan, as research shows people who engage in regular strength training double their success rate at quitting smoking compared to those who don't exercise.
 
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