Why Do People Choose Vaping Over Smoking?

We know how hard it can be to quit smoking. Perhaps you've tried to quit unsuccessfully before and you know that cold turkey doesn't work for you. Maybe you've tried some techniques like using nicotine patches or chewing nicotine gum but none of them have yet helped you quit.

There's a reason that some UK hospitals are now giving free e-cigarettes to smokers who attend emergency departments. The evidence suggests that e-cigarette use is a very effective way to quit tobacco cigarettes for good. In fact, one study found that people who used an e-cigarette to help them quit were successful between 59.7% and 74% of the time

If you're a smoker considering whether to try switching to vaping, this article will guide you through the many reasons people quit smoking and make the move over to using vape kits. Let's take a look at some of the best benefits of e-cigarette use as opposed to traditional tobacco cigarettes. 

Vaping e-cigarettes is less harmful than smoking

In 2015, Public Health England surprised many non-vapers by publishing a major review that found vaping to be 95% less harmful than smoking. Contrary to the public perception at the time, being a vaper is far better for your health than being a tobacco smoker. 

Other studies and reviews have corroborated this. A recent article by Cancer Research UK agreed, referencing scientific studies that have demonstrated that vaping is 'far less harmful than smoking'

The health impacts of smoking include higher risks of heart disease, diabetes, stroke, lung disease, and many more problems. According to the NHS, smoking is 'one of the biggest causes of death and illness in the UK.' Smoking causes 70% of cases of lung cancer and can also cause other problems with your lungs such as pneumonia and chronic obstructive pulmonary disease.

Why is vaping electronic cigarettes so much better for your health than smoking? The main reason is that while conventional cigarettes burn tobacco, producing tar and carbon monoxide which smokers inhale in tobacco smoke, vapour from e-cigarettes does not contain these harmful ingredients. E-cigarette vapour contains propylene glycol, vegetable glycerine, nicotine, and flavourings - all the ingredients that go into e-liquid. Without the toxic tar and carbon monoxide released by tobacco products, e-cigarette vapour is far safer to inhale. 

However, this does not mean that vaping is always 100% safe. It's important to be aware that like most hobbies, vaping is not entirely risk-free. However, as long as you are sensible and only use genuine vape hardware and e-liquids, it can be very safe. 

Vaping e-cigarettes is better for the health of your friends and family

Even for non-smokers, the impacts of second-hand smoke can be dangerous. Also known as passive smoking, this refers to being around someone who smokes and breathing in the smoke from their cigarette and exhalations. 

Passive smoking can also cause a range of health issues to your loved ones, including a higher risk of lung cancer, heart disease, and more. Second-hand tobacco smoke is especially damaging to children and babies, as they are more likely to develop asthma, chest infections, and meningitis. 

Vaping e-cigarettes is cheaper than smoking

One of the other reasons that many ex-smokers decide to quit is because vaping is easier on the wallet. Indeed, even though buying your first vape and e-liquid might seem like a bigger upfront cost, it can be far cheaper than smoking cigarettes in the long term. 

As Metro reported last year, the average price of a pack of cigarettes has doubled in the past decade, rising to £13.10. With the average smoker smoking 10 cigarettes (or half a pack) per day, that's a cost of almost £2,400 per year. 

The main costs associated with vaping depend on what sort of electronic cigarette you choose to use. While the costs of only using disposable vapes or cig-a-likes can add up quickly, buying a long-lasting and reliable kit and buying replacement e-liquid, pods, or coils can work out to be cheaper than buying cigarettes. 

According to an article by LoveMoney, vaping can cost as little as £240-300 a year, including the price of your vape kit, e-liquid, replacement coils, etc. 

Of course vaping doesn’t come without costs, but at Vaping 101 we run weekly sales that help you get the best out of your money. 

Vaping e-cigarettes looks (and smells) better than smoking

Perceptions of vaping have changed significantly over the past few years. In 2015, many people were sceptical about vapes. One UK survey found that 44.8% of people didn't realise that vaping was far less harmful than smoking

Today, the perception of vaping is rapidly changing. In fact, a recent survey in Scotland found that 35% believed that electronic cigarettes should be available on NHS prescriptions to help people quit smoking, while 38% believed that smoking cigarettes should become illegal. 

The image of vaping has changed completely and we couldn't be happier about it! Many people are now choosing to vape instead of smoking because it makes them look and smell better than cigarettes. Whether it's impressing your friends with your huge clouds of vapour or sharing recommendations for your favourite nic salt, vape culture is booming. 

Vaping e-cigarettes offers more variety than smoking

It's hard to get bored of vaping. Not only is there a seemingly endless variety of e-liquid flavours on the market for you to try, there are also different vaping styles, various types of hardware, and even the option to branch out into rebuildables

From classic e-juice flavours such as tobacco and menthol to fruity, dessert-inspired, sour liquids, there's no shortage of great tastes to sample. We recommend trying many different types to find your favourites. 

Vaping e-cigarettes is an opportunity to discover a new hobby 

Following on from the previous point, vaping isn't just something people do instead of smoking, it can become a hobby. Whether you realise that you love sampling and comparing e-liquid flavours, playing around with the different modes on your mod to find your ideal vaping experience, or brushing up your physics knowledge to learn ohm's law and tinker with your own coils, vaping is a chance to learn a new hobby. 

Don't believe us? Check out some of the many vaping forums on the internet. There are even vaping conventions and awards shows. It's clear that vaping can be a great hobby and a reason to learn new skills. 

Vaping e-cigarettes lets you reduce your nicotine consumption

One of the key benefits of e-cigarettes over smoking is that vape juices allow you to easily adjust your nicotine consumption by choosing a different strength e-liquid or adding a different number of nic shots to your shortfill

While it can be difficult to quit smoking because of nicotine addiction and the habit of using cigarettes, nicotine-containing e-liquids can help you reduce your reliance on cigarettes and avoid withdrawal symptoms. Many former smokers will quit with the help of their e-cigarette by starting with a higher nicotine strength and gradually reducing it over time.

Vaping even allows you to enjoy your e-cigarette entirely free of nicotine. Just choose an e-liquid shortfill with 0mg nicotine content and enjoy vaping as much as you like without consuming any addictive nicotine or dangerous substances. 

Vaping e-cigarettes is more flexible than smoking

Vaping is more flexible than smoking. You don't even need to carry around a lighter!

Unlike smoking, there are currently no laws in the UK to prevent vaping indoors (although individual employers and establishments may not allow it). 

However, this doesn't mean that it's acceptable to vape anywhere and everywhere in the UK. Remember to be considerate of those around you - they might not enjoy your vapour clouds as much as you do!


Public opinion about vaping is rapidly changing and growing numbers of smokers are finding that their e-cigarettes have helped them quit. With all the amazing benefits of vaping as a smoking substitute, exciting hobby, and cheaper alternative to cigarettes, it's unsurprising that so many people have made the switch. 

At Vaping 101, we're passionate about providing the best vape hardware, kits, and e-liquids to help you make the transition. With our carefully selected vape products, you can enjoy the benefits of a safer, cheaper, and more exciting hobby. 

Are you ready to quit smoking and start vaping e-cigarettes? Take a look at some of our beginner-friendly starter kits and all-in-one kits which are perfect for first-timers. Then, pick a delicious sounding e-liquid and you'll be ready to start vaping!

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