What’s Worse: Vaping or Smoking?

What’s Worse: Vaping or Smoking?

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Imagine if there were an alternative to smoking
cigarettes. Imagine this alternative could help millions
of people quit smoking and came with only a fraction of the harmful chemicals that cigarettes
do. Well, you don’t have to imagine it. It exists. E-cigarettes are the most innovative and promising
smoking-cessation product yet invented. So, public health officials and anti-tobacco
activists are all in favor of this life-saving innovation, right? Actually, they’re almost all totally against
it. Why? Because, incredibly, they make no substantial
distinction between e-cigarettes and real cigarettes — even though they are completely
different products. To begin with, e-cigarettes aren’t cigarettes. They contain no tobacco. Instead, a liquid containing nicotine derived
from tobacco leaves is vaporized, and users of e-cigarettes inhale that vapor. Vapor, mind-you – not smoke. This is significant because the real harm
from tobacco comes from the combustion process, which releases hundreds of toxic compounds
known as tar. Since e-cigarettes have no tobacco and no
combustion, they release no tar. This makes them, according to Britain’s
Department of Health, at least 95% less harmful than tobacco cigarettes. E-cigarettes do contain nicotine, an addictive
drug. However, there is little evidence that nicotine
alone is bad for you, making it similar to, say, caffeine — a drug used every day by millions
of people. Brad Rodu, an oral cancer specialist at the
University of Louisville, put it this way: “I love coffee, and I’m sure I could get
caffeine if I smoked my coffee beans… but I would be paying a much different price in
overall health [if I did].” In other words, when it comes to addictive
substances like caffeine or nicotine, it isn’t the addictive substance that’s harmful;
it’s how it’s delivered. As South African psychiatrist Mike Russell
said about cigarettes: “[People] smoke for [the] nicotine, but they die from the tar.” And again, there’s no tar in e-cigarettes. Does this all mean e-cigarettes are completely
safe? Of course not. Nothing is completely safe. E-cigarettes are a relatively new innovation
so more research is needed, especially on long-term effects. There’s also a place for sensible regulation
to ensure consumer safety. But unlike normal everyday products, any potential
risk posed by e-cigarettes is far outweighed by a real – not potential – good: saving
lives by providing the nicotine that smokers enjoy without delivering the deadly toxins
that can kill them. Many former smokers have successfully used
e-cigarettes to help them kick their nicotine addiction altogether. A recent study in an Oxford Journal peer-reviewed
publication, Nicotine and Tobacco Research, said that e-cigarettes could reduce smoking-related
deaths by 21 percent. That’s thousands of lives every year. John Britton, an epidemiologist and director
of the University of Nottingham’s Center for Tobacco and Alcohol Studies, is even more
optimistic: “[E-cigarettes are] the first genuinely
new way of helping people stop smoking that has come along in decades…[They] have the
potential to help half or more of all smokers get off cigarettes.” So, again, you’d think public health officials
and anti-tobacco groups would be doing everything they could to encourage smokers to switch
to e-cigarettes. Instead, they push for laws and rules that
equate the two products: cigarettes are bad, so e-cigarettes must also be bad. As of August 2016, the US Food and Drug Administration
has ruled that all e-cigarettes must go through a long and expensive application process. This process could end up costing as much
as $1 million per new product. While some of the biggest manufacturers will
be able to shoulder the costs and navigate the regulatory mess, most small e-cigarette
companies will be forced out of business. With less competition, e-cigarettes will become
more expensive, and many people will go right back to smoking. E-cigarette prohibitionists may think they’re
using a “better-safe-than-sorry” approach to save consumers from some yet-to-be-discovered
danger, but they’re not. They’re actually endangering millions of
smokers who would make the switch if the e-cigarette market were allowed to flourish. As Joe Nocera, a New York Times columnist,
wrote: “Equating smoking cigarettes with inhaling
e-cigarettes…is a huge disservice to public health. On the scale of potential harms, e-cigarettes
aren’t even in the same ballpark as combustible cigarettes. They have the potential to save millions of
lives.” The government needs to develop a new paradigm
for dealing with e-cigarettes – one that ensures basic standards but recognizes their relative
safety and immense benefit to public health. If they don’t, more people will die. Imagine that. I’m Caroline Kitchens of the R Street Institute
for Prager University.

100 thoughts on “What’s Worse: Vaping or Smoking?”

  1. It sounds noble but e cigarette companies are targeting young people that don’t smoke in the first place and any addicting behavior makes life harder and that is sabotaging a new generation. I understand that helps some people, can’t deny that but its not their real main intent. Also now it’s being use as a gateway to introduce marijuana or CBD if you don’t want to use that ugly word

  2. Think of all the people out of a job if we ban the 95%safer alternative. A big number of people will be unemployed if this happens.

  3. BS- the nicotine is addictive and they say it. Addictive means permanent customers for them–and they do admit they are not completely safe.

  4. WRONG! The chemicals they process the e-cigarette ingredients with (which are present in what is being inhaled) are burning holes in people's lungs, not to mention what it is doing to every other mucous membrane it touches. True about the tar, wrong about the overall effect.

  5. What about those vape pens that have been shown to burn holes into your lungs?

    Edit: nvm, this video was 2 almost 3 years ago. Long term effects of e-cigs have shown to be worse than cigarettes

  6. Im pissed cuz now they want to ban flavored ecigs cuz children are tempted. Im so sick of adults being regulated due to children. Teenagers always want what they cant have. Why not ban flavored alcohol while your at it. who's running this country…the children?

  7. So it begins. Now the right wing starts it's inevitable swing back to pandering to lucrative lobby groups and inevitable cronyism. Such a shame you turds couldn't keep the faith.

  8. This video didn't age well. I don't care for any kind of smoking, so I'm all for banning them entirely. Then again, I'd also ban alcohol if I could get away with it.

  9. So vape is steam , steam is water. Now, what happens when vapor condenses, thats right turns to liquid, and what does liquid in the lungs usually mean…..

  10. And what about all the problems with them now?

    Hey PRAGER, love your stuff but I think you need to rethink this video.

    People aren't using this to QUIT smoking.

    Kids are using them and there's already great harm.

    Why not just quit. Vaping looks so ridiculous. The huge cloud of "vapor" surrounding the user as he or she sucks on what looks like a big ball point pen.


  11. Are vapes bad? They have nicotine which is addictive but not nearly as addictive as cigarrette nicotine. Quite easy to quit. Is it bad for health? Maybe, if they are its hard to tell exactly how but most likely a small percentage of people who drink vape juice and fart clouds but you arent gonna die off casual use, same shit logic was used for weed. (weed is more harmful for your lungs than vaping so keep that in mind)

  12. I've heard they actually dont fully know what the chemicals are in E-cigarettes, and that they have been causing a form of lung cancer called "popcorn" lung.

    In any case, I'll take my cigarettes over E-cigarettes any day, cuzat least with those I know what I'm putting in my body.

  13. I'm surprised that the video doesn't touch on the teenager e-cig epidemic. I'm all for the angle of it helping established smokers quit smoking, and I'd rather if folks had to smoke that they'd vape instead, but last I checked vaping is exploding in popularity among our youth. I would have liked of they had talked about that a bit.


  15. the government needs to mind there own business and do there job and work for the American taxpayers and stop acting as if we work for them…crooked bastards.

  16. Yo vapeo, compro liquidos y nicotina en el extranjero. Tengo reservas para los próximos 5 o 10 años. Ya lo pueden prohibir que a mi me la suda. Que les den a toda esta camarilla de bildelbergs globalistas. Con esto pasa como con el cambio climatico fraude que nos están vendiendo. Quien lo crea que lo compre, yo desde luego no. Y haré todo lo posible por boicotear cualquier intento de globalización que quieran hacer conmigo y los míos. Que se vayan todos al carajo y aprendamos de una puta vez de los ingleses que casi siempre hacen las cosas como dios manda.

  17. Does nobody realize that e-cigs work exactly the same way a breathing machine nebulizer works? No one claims nebulizer at hospitals are dangerous, and many asthmatics own these devices in their homes.

    That leads me to ask an important question. What if we were to make an e-cig pod specially to help open airways? That would turn the average e-cig into potentially an emergency rescue inhaler. Why don't we look into this? The tech is very much the same.

  18. And now trump is supporting the flavor ban and a bunch of states are planning on completely banning the sale of vapes and shit for a few monthsn

  19. The promblem for me is that they are marketing to children, so kids get addicted and skip school, classes, and try to be cool 😎 by doing it, also we don’t know long term effects, also kids developing brains can’t handle it, it doesn’t matter if it stops smoking, it causes kids to skip classes, like I said, and therefor making future generations miss classes and generally be stupider, also they are marketing to kids an addictive substance which is already bad.

  20. OK, great. The problem is that the ecigarettes in US contain chemicals that are not in EU
    ecigarettes. EU cigarettes: water and nicotine. US ecigarette: crap and nicotine. The question is why.

  21. Interesting article from 2014 which clearly states that something like what we are seeing could happen in just five years. It’s all about money and lies. If you don’t believe that you are probably lying to yourself. Using a search engine, look for “Wisconsin THC empire.” Funny how our beloved media is not talking about these guys. You would think that catching the guys responsible for these recent illnesses should make some headlines right? But they don’t seem to care so much. Inform yourselves on who was supplying kids. It’s certainly not the vape stores that these politicians want to shut down. And now big tobacco is positioning itself into the vape market to destroy it from within, like a Trojan horse. Well done politicians for playing into the hands of big tobacco. These large left controlled cities are at the forefront because they have the highest populations. These cities are losing revenue from tobacco bonds that the article link below is talking about. Big tobacco has increased their profits again and I might as well reluctantly start thinking about getting some shares of Phillip Morris. They are committed to destroying this new industry, all because they don’t even want to do any research and inform themselves. All the information is out there and always has been. I hope these politicians are able to enjoy living with these poor and/or corrupt decisions for the rest of their lives. People should have the freedom to smoke cigarettes, cigars, or vape, or choose not to inhale any subastances at all if they do choose. Supporting this ban is supporting corrupt politics. More people will be condemned to illness and death, Whether it’s from tobacco or tainted vaping products….soon it won’t matter.


  22. Smoking tobacco time and time again has been proclaimed to be bad,the addiction and the affect of it even proves it,decay teeth,clogs your heart,clogs your blood vessels,astshma,etc and it causes Neuropathy and a birthdefect Neuropathy to your future children,it is also biohazardous for the surroundings of your childrens youth,same can be said with Alcohol,majority of the British and Irish have a drug addiction of sorts even during pregnancy causing us to suffer with FAS and FDS

  23. Great and informative video! I liked and subscribed! I managed to quit smoking cigarettes after 16 years of smoking more or less every day, but it wasn't really e-cig that made me loose the cigarette craving but instead it was swedish snus, namely the one called Nick & Johnny Crushed Ice portionssnus. After one pouch of this snus i immediately lost like almost all cigarette craving. So i haven't smoked since 18th of august 2019. But when i crave something to smoke i only vape with my e-cig. So big thanks to the creator of E-cigarettes of different types and huge thanks also to the swedes that invented snus in the 1700's.

  24. Nicotine isn't dangerous? Just a couple of drops of pure nicotine on the tongue would cause almost instant death.
    And if you want to know. I read that in readers digest years ago.

  25. People that smoke cigarettes 450,000 people die a year from a cig vaping 4 a year omg yooo that’s tragic omg it’s the end of the world I don’t care what people say if it kills me ohh well

  26. 3:55 and the black market oil used to vape that is dangerous and making the problem worse

    I think the tobacco companies are behind this smear campaign too, because it will end their business too

  27. Some people smoke while others don't… same human kind.. dufferent decisions.. one is good the other is self destructive 😑

  28. Vaping is great, i've been off smokes for nearly 2 months. Ever since the cost of tobacco went up 12 percent and realised what a ridiculous price it is. Feel much better though and don't miss the repulsive smell!

  29. crack smoking keeps you healthy
    when habe u seen a sick crack head
    they live forever and can handle any type of weather

  30. I'm a conservative Trump supporter, and have been vaping since quitting smoking in 2012. I smoked for 33 years and tried everything on the market to quit, but the only thing that worked for me was vaping and is an answered prayer. Towards the end of my horrible addiction to the coffin nails, I was getting sick alot and even put me in the hospital with pneumonia. They truly have been a godsend and attribute it to saving my life, so was most definitely an answered prayer 🙏🏻

  31. Our President Duterte (Philippines) should watch this "A Clockwork Orange" style before banning it. Typical boomer thinking.

  32. It's nice that prageru isn't lobbied by the tobacco industry like a lot of the Republican party. https://www.opensecrets.org/industries/indus.php?ind=a02

  33. I stopped smoking cigs and vape now and I feel a hell of a lot better. I know its still not good for me, but still a lot better

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