Vaping Vs Smoking – Which Is Worse for Your Kids’ Health?
If you are considering switching to vaping from smoking, you might wonder whether the absence of tobacco will be better for your kids’ health and wellbeing. Let’s look at which option will serve your family better.
- Getting Rid of Bad Smells
While this may not be a major consideration when compared to health issues, one thing that kids complain about the most when it comes to their parent’s smoking is the smell of tobacco. Vaping comes with none of those issues and with the wide choice of e-liquids available, with flavours ranging from fruit to freshly baked bread; you can guarantee that you and your surrounds will smell much better.
- Removing Second Hand Smoke
One of the biggest risks from smoking when it comes to your kids’ health is that of second-hand smoke. Particularly in confined spaces, such as cars, passive smoking can account for your child being exposed to levels of smoke between 3 and 35 times the air pollution limit put in place by the European Union. This is the main reason that a ban was introduced in 2015 legislating against anyone smoking in a car where under-18s are present.
Passive smoking is a risk for any non-smoker, with their likelihood of suffering lung cancer rising by 25% every time they are exposed to smoke. They also run a higher risk of mouth and throat cancers, COPD, developing heart disease or suffering a stroke. With 600,000 people dying annually from second-hand smoke, of which 165,000 are children, this is not a risk to be taken lightly.
Children are even more vulnerable to passive smoking than adults and regularly breathing in second-hand smoke can lead to higher incidences of asthma, meningitis, respiratory infections and cot death.
Vaping protects children from the effects of passive smoking because tobacco is not involved and therefore children are not exposed to the cocktail of over 4,000 chemicals, many of them toxic, which comprise the average cigarette. It seems that the negative effects from passive vaping are negligible and therefore if you want to choose between smoking and vaping, the latter will always be the better choice for your child’s health. Legislation seems to agree, as while cigarette smoking is banned in cars where minors are present, vaping isn’t.
Your child’s health is important but equally so is your ability to stick around to care for your kids and watch them grow up. If you smoke cigarettes the odds of not contracting a serious illness are stacked against you, with at least 14 different types of cancer, heart disease, stroke and COPD all being linked to smoking tobacco.
Vaping does not have those health risks attached to it and so if you want to quit smoking and you think vaping will help you do that, it’s definitely worth making the switch.
One of the best ways to ensure your children don’t smoke in the future is to set the example of being a non-smoker yourself. This is perhaps the biggest legacy of switching from smoking to vaping, creating a world where young people no longer feel that smoking is an acceptable thing to do.
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