Vaping is the practice of using e-cigarettes.
E-cigarettes use a mixture of propylene glycol or vegetable glycerin-based liquids mixed with nicotine and food-grade flavourings - this known as an e-liquid, and it is vaporised by a small, roughly cigarette-shaped device called an atomiser. The atomiser is often battery-powered. The vapour produced by the atomisation of the mixture is then inhaled, hence the term 'vaping.'
There are not many studies focused on vaping safety. Some evidence suggests e-cigarettes are safer than smoking tobacco, and that they may be as safer as nicotine replacement products such as gum and patches.
People choose to vape for a variety of reasons. They may want to:
- continue nicotine use at a reduced risk e.g. no combustion involved
- gradually reduce their dependence on cigarettes
- smoke in areas that would otherwise be off-limits to cigarette smokers
- reduce the cost of nicotine use.
- enjoy a tobacco-reduction strategy that still involves the 'ritual' of smoking