Cigarette smoking has always been a health-related issue for many years. Some of us called smoking as a habit and some called it a human disease. However, when looking into the current condition, it is better to be called a lifestyle. It is a choice from an individual. However, loads of factors can make an individual choose this kind of lifestyle.
These days with a lot of technology progression, we can see a lot of new inventions arise from every edge of the world and it does not miss the smokers market. Few of the new kinds of cigarettes known as electronic cigarettes (e-cigarettes) were introduced in this modern era. The numbers of the new types of cigarettes do not matter most for us but the effects of the users to our health should be the concern. Is it better than traditional cigarettes? Do the different types of them such as vape and JUUL have different effects on our health?
What is Vape and What is JUUL?
Some of the public claimed both vape and JUUL are the same thing but some of the articles published showed the slight differences between both of them.
Vape is an electrical device that uses electricity to heat water-based solutions that contain nicotine and other substances, turning into vapour which can then be inhaled. It is proven that vape does not create tar-like traditional cigarettes but it can also cause some breathing problems and commonly contains few cancer-containing substances.
On the other side, JUUL is a brand of a particular type of e-cigarettes. JUULs looked like USB flash drives thus it can be charged by plugging into a USB drive of any electronic devices. JUULs vaporize the solutions that often contain fruit flavours or other flavours like mint. JUULs also contain nicotine and often in higher amounts compared to traditional cigarettes.
JUUL and Vape Health Issues
The introduction of e-cigarettes brought a series of expectations among the public. Some of them thought e-cigarettes are better for our health compared to traditional cigarettes but some said they bring the same harm towards our health. A lot of speculation aroused among them but we still do not know which one is the most accurate statement.
Is JUUL better for our health compared to other e-cigarettes or traditional cigarettes? First of all, we need to know what is in JUUL. JUUL’s patented e-liquid solution is a mixture of nicotine salts, glycerol, propylene glycol, benzoic acid, and flavourings. A JUUL pod contains an equivalent amount of nicotine as one to two packs of traditional cigarettes. It is much higher compared to traditional cigarettes. Furthermore, the nicotine content of JUULs is higher compared to other e-cigarettes. The nicotine salts used in JUULs are less acidic than the freebase nicotine used in other brands, making them easier to inhale. Due to less throat irritation and easiness to inhale, individuals may not realize how much nicotine they are intaking. Thus, this leads to a serious addiction problem. Besides, the content of benzoic acid in the solution may also lead to coughing, sore throat, and abdominal pain.
On the other side, the other brands of e-cigarettes also give similar harm compared with the JUULs. The other e-cigarettes also deliver nicotine which may lead to addiction issues and also affect the development of brains of teens, kids, and fetuses in women who vape while pregnant. Other than that, e-cigarettes vapour includes potentially harmful substances such as diacetyl; a chemical hardly linked to serious lung disease, cancer-causing chemicals, heavy metals such as nickel, tin, and lead, and volatile organic compounds (VOCs).
Which one should we choose? JUULs or Vape?
After all of the discussion, people tend to go back to the first question they asked. Is JUULs or Vape better than traditional cigarettes? Is JUULs better than Vape? It is not the way we decide which is better that is important. We should be more focused to decide on our choice of lifestyle that is more important. As days come over, every new version of cigarettes will be introduced. As the market is still there, there will always be a product. Why don’t we move out of the market to be better instead to choose something better in a similar market? You may take your time to think about it. Why do we want to be better when we can be the best? 🙂