There has never been a better time to quit. In honour of No Smoking Day 2021, we list the reasons why it’s better to switch to vaping.
What is No Smoking Day?
On the 10th of March, smokers around the UK are encouraged no embrace a smoke-free future.
After a year of COVID-19, increased stress and anxiety means that smokers are lighting up more to cope and pass the time.
But quitting smoking is one of the best things you can do for your mental and physical health.
Here are some of the best reasons to switch to vaping this No Smoking Day.
1. Switching can improve your physical health
Switching from smoking to vaping can help you to improve your physical health especially when it comes to COVID.
A study looking at 2.4 million people in the UK who used the symptoms tracking app found that smoking increases the risk of coronavirus.
Smokers were 14 per cent more likely to develop Covid-19 symptoms, such as a persistent cough and high temperature.
The Committee on Toxicity of Chemicals in Food, Consumer Products and the Environment (COT) concluded that while not risk-free, e-cigarettes likely presented a much lower risk to health than tobacco.
A study conducted at the University of Dundee found that switching to vaping improved heart health within a month.
Read more: Could smoking make COVID-19 worse?
2. Stopping smoking can improve your mental health
In 2014 a meta-analysis reported that quitting smoking is associated with improvements in mental health.
The report showed that over 160,000 people who quit smoking reported reduced anxiety, reduced depression, improved mood and better quality of life.
One reason for this is nicotine dependency and withdrawal cravings that happen when the nicotine levels in the body drop forcing the smoker to have another cigarette.
Vaping can help you stop smoking by reducing the amount of nicotine you consume over time.
When you visit a vape store, staff can help you to estimate how much nicotine you need based on how much you smoke.
This can be reduced over time helping vapers or dual users to cut down before quitting completely.
3. Vaping is cheaper then smoking
Vaping can be a lot cheaper than smoking when you take into account the average price of a box of cigarettes.
A twenty box of cigarettes in the UK is now £13.35 in 2021.
Visiting your local vape shop can give you the best information on what starter kit, e-liquid or device best suits your needs.
Buying your kit shouldn’t cost a fortune with some on the market for £20.
E-liquids can range in price but are a lot cheaper than smoking.
If you take a 10 cigarette a day smoker paying the standard price of £13.00 for a packet.
The NHS smoking cost calculator estimates they spend £45 per week on smoking and £2372.50 over the year.
Here is a helpful video on demystifying vaping from Yorkshire Cancer Research.