Is Vaping a Better Alternative to Smoking?

Damon INov 29, '16

Woman vaping at a cafe enjoying flowers in a vase on the table

According to the Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), cigarette smoking is responsible for more than 480,000 deaths per year in the United States alone, including more than 41,000 deaths resulting from secondhand smoke exposure.

Despite the health risks and possibly fatal consequences, it can be difficult to quit smoking because it’s highly addictive and can become a comforting habit for some. E-cigarettes, or vaporizers, are an increasingly popular alternative to smoking, but is vaping really better?

The Dangers of Cigarettes

When you smoke, you inhale tar that includes carcinogens, chemicals, and other dangerous components like nicotine and carbon monoxide. Smoking can cause a variety of illnesses ranging in severity from a minor cough to terminal cancer. Smoking also increases the risk for coronary heart disease, stroke, blood vessel damage, and more.

Although it is well-established and widely known that smoking cigarettes is dangerous, they are still widely legal and available across the entire world.

The Scoop on Vaporizers

The biggest health and safety concern surrounding vaporizers is that the flavored liquids and blends that are used will sometimes contain nicotine--an ingredient also found in cigarettes. There are also concerns with some makes and models that use combustion to heat the liquids because the combustion process may release formaldehyde, benzene, and tobacco-specific nitrosamines.

Despite the concerns that some may have surrounding e-cigarettes and vaporizers, they are generally considered significantly safer than traditional cigarettes. There are liquids and blends available that contain no nicotine as well as models that do not use combustion to heat the liquid. Additionally, e-cigarettes and vaporizers may help smokers quit cigarettes completely!

In addition to being safer than traditional cigarettes, vaporizers can be used for aromatherapy which, according to an article published by the Mayo clinic, may provide benefits such as:

  • Relief from anxiety and depression.
  • Improved quality of life, particularly for people with chronic health conditions.

However, despite their seemingly safer qualities, because they are relatively new to many, vaporizers and e-cigarettes are not as readily available as their dangerous counterparts.

Vaporizers for Aromatherapy

At, we offer a large selection of good aromatherapy vaporizers including Arizer, Da Buddha, Vapir, Mighty, Crafty, Utillian, and more! With an office in Ottawa, Canada, you can stop by to pick up your order, or have it shipped direct to you. Visit us at to shop, view resources, and get in touch today.

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