E-cigarettes have been linked to several long-term health risks, and cannot be considered healthy, suggests Stacy Leasca of Men’s Health. Crucially, some studies found that there were inconsistencies between the ingredients listed and those actually consumed while vaping. In particular, the presence of nicotine seemed to vary. Its presence is what makes them just as addictive as cigarettes. E-cigarettes have been found to cause lung diseases and be a direct cause of high blood pressure. They are often used to get off of cigarette addiction, but should not be thought of as healthy or non-addictive.
Vaping is a healthy alternative to smoking cigarettes, asserts Jarret Lyons of Salon. If every smoker switched to e-cigarettes, they would live a collective additional 86.7 million years. One study found that even by conservative estimates, the health benefits of switching to vaping were always overwhelming. The fact that they don’t contain the various toxins of cigarettes makes them much less damaging. The study suggested that e-cigarettes be promoted as an alternative to smoking to reduce the damage the latter causes. Vaping, while not healthy in itself, is a better choice than smoking regular cigarettes.