Vape Pens: Not Just a Fad

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Are you considering moving from smoking to vaping? Or, if you aren’t a smoker, are you interested in trying vaping e-liquids containing CBD? In both instances, are you trying to determine whether vaping is a fad or not?

By way of answering these questions, let’s consider the intersection and union of vaping, smoking, and your health to conclusively prove that vaping, according to the UK government, is 95% less harmful than smoking.

Should you wish to skip to the end of this article at this point, without reading the rest of this discussion, here is a summary of the conclusion that this article will draw.

Vaping is not a fad. It is here to stay. And according to the article on by Michelle Roberts, medical professionals believe that e-cigarettes should be offered to smokers as a healthier alternative to smoking.

The UK’s Royal College of Physicians notes that there is “resounding evidence that e-cigarettes are “much safer” than smoking and aid quitting.” And “with the right checks and measures, vaping could improve the lives of millions of people.”

Therefore, should you wish to start vaping, the best thing to do is to ensure that you purchase the best quality vaping devices, e-liquids, and accessories from

Note: It is essential only to buy your vaping equipment, including the device, mods, e-liquids, and accessories, from a legitimate supplier. And the importance of paying attention to this point cannot be understated.


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Succinctly stated, there is evidence that vaping with black market e-liquids, more specifically THC liquids combined with vitamin E Acetate, can result in injury to the vaper.

February 2024 statistics quoted by the US CDC report that a total of 2 807 people have been hospitalized with lung injuries attributable to vaping. And, about 60 of these patients have died from the damage caused to their lungs.

Smoking versus vaping: Your health

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The union and intersection of these behaviours, smoking and vaping, aim to demonstrate the health risks and benefits of each in relation to your health.

Let’s start by describing a brief definition of the terms, union and intersection.
As an aside, both these terms reference set theory. And while the phrase, “set theory,” might seem overwhelming. However, they simply denote how different elements of a set work together to demonstrate how smoking and vaping relate to human health.

Thus, if we create a set of the elements related to each behaviour, the union is the combination of both sets while the intersection of these sets is the commonalities between these behaviours.

For instance:

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  • Smoking = {cigarettes, tobacco, nicotine, tar, carcinogenic chemicals, lung disease, 7000 different chemicals, heat}
  • Vaping = {nicotine-based e-liquids, CBD-based e-liquids, vaping device, heat, vapour, lung injury, produces different chemicals, heat}

The intersection of these sets or the common elements found in both these sets is nicotine, lung damage, or disease, and the fact that both use heat to release the nicotine and other chemicals that are breathed into the lungs.

And the union of these sets includes both the smoking and vaping elements joined together in one group. The union set does not make sense. There will never be a scenario where both smoking and vaping function together. In other words, you cannot vape and smoke at the same time.

Another way to describe the union and the intersection of these elements is to consider the following Venn Diagram. This diagram is a broad overview of the three sets, smoking, vaping, and health.

Ergo, the consequences of smoking or vaping on the human body can be derived from looking at the elements of the smoking and vaping sets. In other words, the health set is a partial union of the smoking and vaping sets.

As described above, these three sets are open to interpretation. But, no matter how you look at it, smoking is bad for your health. But vaping is not necessarily bad for your health. It is undoubtedly substantially less harmful than smoking. Based on the research conducted in this area, the UK government seems to be of the opinion that vaping is a viable alternative to smoking.

Both cigarettes and vaping liquids produce chemicals that are potentially harmful to the human body. Smoking creates carcinogenic chemicals and tar that damage the lungs and are cancer-causing. Juxtapositionally, vaping liquids, when heated, produces fewer chemicals and does not contain any tar-creation elements.

Therefore, we can conclude that vaping is far healthier than smoking. The only caveat to this conclusion is that, as highlighted at the beginning of this article, vaping can result in lung damage if you use back market e-liquids or mods. Consequently, it is essential to purchasing your vaping products from a bona fide dealer or retailer. It might seem as though this point is being reiterated more than once throughout this discussion. This is true. And it is duplicated because of the inherent dangers to your health of buying inferior vaping equipment and e-liquids.

Vaping also has the potential to help people give up smoking. The intersection of the two sets, smoking and vaping, demonstrates that both vape liquids and tobacco contain nicotine. Nicotine is an addictive chemical found in tobacco. When absorbed into the bloodstream, it increases dopamine levels, one of the feel-good chemicals or endorphins, in the brain. It also activates the brain’s reward circuits, which teaches the brain that inhaling nicotine is good.

Therefore, it makes sense to use nicotine-based e-liquids rather than smoking tobacco because there are fewer adverse side effects to vaping than smoking.

Final thoughts

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The first e-cigarette was patented in the 1960s. However, the device didn’t gain in popularity until the new millennium (the 2000s). It has subsequently continued to grow in popularity. The modern e-cigarette, as we know it, was developed in 2003 by a Chinese smoker and pharmacist. Vaping first hit European shores in 2006 and subsequently travelled across the Atlantic Ocean to the USA.

Finally, vaping continued to grow, as demonstrated by the global market value numbers. In summary, it was estimated at $12.41 billion (USD) and is expected to expand by 23.8% from 2024 to 2027.

Thus, vaping is here to stay for the foreseeable future, especially as the UK government has taken the official position that it is almost 100% less harmful than smoking.