Pros and cons of e cigarettes

For And Against Vaping

Almost all coming into vaping will be doing so as an alternative to smoking so it’s the question ‘What are the pros and cons of e-cigarettes or vaping’ is a valid one.

Like most things in life, nothing is 100% safe and no responsible vendor will tell you that e cigarettes are totally safe to use.

What is important is that, as far as the bulk of reliable, peer-reviewed scientific investigations are concerned vaping is considerably safer than smoking. You will find that a commonly referred to figure is that an e cigarette is over 100 times safer than smoking a cigarette.

Key Facts

Pro's and cons of e cigarettes

  • It is documented that over half of UK smokers attempt to quit each year.
  • Nicotine Replacement Therapies (Spray, Gum, Medication) only succeed with 2-3% of those who use them – over 97% fail to quit.
  • There is a growing body of scientific evidence that Champix (varenicline), a nicotine replacement therapy drug, can cause hallucinations, aggression and suicide particularly when taken with alcohol.
  • Cigarettes contain over 4,000 chemicals.
  • Cigarettes contain over 50 cancer-causing chemicals.

Pro's and cons of e cigarettes

The “Pros” of E Cigarettes / Vaping

  • E cigarettes do not burn anything.
  • E cigarettes do not produce smoke
  • E cigarettes release no tar.
  • E cigarettes contain none of the 50+ cancer causing chemicals.
  • E cigarettes are made from just four known ingredients.
  • E cigarettes feel like smoking.
  • E cigarettes come in a range of sizes.
  • E cigarettes offer someone the opportunity to gradually reduce the nicotine content.
  • E cigarettes do not stain fingers or teeth.
  • E cigarettes leave no ash.
  • E cigarettes do not smell or leave an odor on your clothes.
  • E cigarettes have been subjected to a great deal of scientific research.

E cigarette use has been supported on television by doctors such as Channel 4’s Dr. Christian Jessen and Dr Hilary on ITV’s Daytime program. Below you can hear Dr Christian talk about e cigarettes as a method to quit smoking.

Dr Christian Tweets About E Cigs

Pro's and cons of vaping

  • E cigarettes provide a throat hit like smoking.
  • E cigarettes provide nicotine.
  • Nicotine is found in plants like potatoes.
  • Nicotine acts like caffeine on the body.
  • Nicotine is used by doctors to treat a number of conditions.
  • Unlike Nicorette Quickmist, E cigs only contain four ingredients.Nicorette Quickmist vs e cigarettes
  • E cigarettes can help you to give up completely or continue to enjoy nicotine is a much safer way.
  • E cigarettes will help you regain your sense of taste and smell.
  • E cigarettes will allow your lungs to clear and get fitter.
  • There is no second-hand smoke dangerPros and cons of electronic cigarettes

The “Cons” of E Cigarettes / Vaping


  • Some people get dehydrated when vaping, it is important to remember to drink.
  • Some people are allergic to the propylene glycol in the liquid, it is possible to buy liquids high in vegetable glycerin instead.
  • Although there are no long-term studies stating that electronic cigarettes are safe there are a growing number of research papers indicating this.
  • Nicotine is not recommended during pregnancy, breast-feeding and can affect blood sugar levels. But if you are pregnant and find it difficult to quit tobacco then you this article on vaping and pregnancy is an interesting read.

Battery explosions

Although there have been a number of stories recently this is very rare. The batteries are made of the same material as the batteries you find in laptops, tablets and cameras.

Ensure you buy a quality battery with a good charger from a trusted vendor. Or just buy a regulated e cig mod or vape pen that has a battery built in.


One of the best tobacco e juices, Black Note, uses naturally extracted tobacco. Away from that there are very few juices that taste just like tobacco.

You may find that as your sense of taste returns you prefer Lemon Meringue Pie anyway.

With the huge range of flavors on offer you are bound to find at least one e liquid you like.


There are many different types of e cigarettes from Generation 1 (that look like cigarettes), 2nd Generation vape pens and 3rd Generation vape mod devices that can look like something from a Sci-fi movie.

Fortunately, other vapers, vape websites such as Ecigclick and forums are there to help you make your choice. No matter what problem you come across, someone will have been there and have a helpful solution so you can find the best e electronic cigarette to meet your needs.


Although vaping is much cheaper than smoking a lot of people begin collecting different devices. But then, saving what you would on tobacco a month means you will be able to afford it.

Dave is a freelance writer for companies associated with tobacco harm reduction. He provides daily news coverage to Planet of the Vapes. He has been widely published in a number of print magazines focusing on vaping and tobacco harm reduction. A physicist that holds degrees and post-grad qualifications in business, physics, education, computer science and fine art.


  1. For me ecig is also healthy option – doesn´t burn anything and does not make a smoke, what is good for me and my family (got 2 children). I remember when i had to smoke always few meters away from them when my wife hated that cigarette smoke smell. Now with my Vapour2 i do not need to be always on my balcony when freezing:-) It smells nice, no smoke breath any more. I like that the ecig looks like real cigarette. And it lasts long and of course i saved lots of money.

  2. since having my vapour pen I haven’t smoked an d don’t have the feeling of needing a fag as I would normally, I would highly recommend this product to anyone who is struggling to stop smoking iv’e saved some money and my house smells fresh and the best bit is that my kids are smoke free from second hand smoking it the best thing I’ve ever done x


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