Why Do I Vape More Than I Smoked?
If you’re in this situation, there are a few reasons why you might be vaping more than you smoked. It’s important to understand that vaping isn’t smoking. While vapes can offer a sense of familiarity for smokers looking to make the transition to vaping, they are entirely different products. Therefore, you might find yourself starting to form different habits around vaping than you had when smoking. However, just because you form different habits doesn’t necessarily mean there’s something to worry about.
Here, we dive into some of the main reasons why you might be vaping more than you smoked. We’ll also show you how to reduce your vaping - if that’s what you’re interested to know more about.
In many ways, vapes can be more convenient and easier to use than cigarettes. Convenience is a big part of what makes vaping great. However, by being so easily accessible, it may mean you use the vape more than you might originally expect to.
A few convenience factors could be causing you to vape more than you smoked. These include the following.
Easier to Use Indoors
Some might find it easier to vape indoors compared to smoking, as it can raise less concerns about fire safety and health risks. Vaping is estimated to be much less of a health risk compared to smoking. Second-hand cigarette smoke is harmful to health, and you can expose others to it when smoking indoors. In contrast, there’s currently no evidence of harm caused by exposure to second-hand vape vapour.
Vaping indoors can also be less of a fire risk than smoking. There are around 2,700 smoking-related fires in England each year. This is significantly more than the number of vaping-related fires caused by counterfeit or poorly crafted vape chargers. To learn more about vaping and fire safety, read our guide on The Truth About Vaping and Smoke Alarms.
All this considered could make you more inclined to vape indoors than you would have been to smoke. There’s less hassle involved in using your vape indoors compared to smoking outside, meaning you might find yourself vaping more, as there are fewer steps necessary to do so safely. While vaping indoors can be convenient, you should only ever vape indoors if it’s safe and allowed within the space.
Solution: If you find yourself vaping more because of the convenience of vaping indoors, why not start only vaping outside? This could make you more aware of when you’re vaping, and help better control your usage.
The UK has banned smoking in enclosed public spaces, so when you’ve smoked in public, chances are this was outdoors. This can be a nuisance when the weather’s bad. You might’ve even been less inclined to go outside for a cigarette when it’s cold or raining. When it comes to public places, vaping doesn’t fall under the same restrictions as smoking.
Without the bad weather keeping you from going outside, you could be vaping more than you smoked. That said, many enclosed public spaces still ask that you vape outside, so it’s always best to check with the venue whether you’re allowed to vape indoors.
When smoking, there’s a definite end point - with vaping, there’s not the same finite end. Most disposable vapes will last for an approximate amount of puffs - as many as 600 or more. Even when using rechargeable vapes, if the e-liquid is properly topped up you’ll typically find you can vape for much longer than you can smoke a single cigarette. Without a more clear-cut end to vaping, you might notice you continue to use the vape for longer than you can use a single cigarette, which can therefore lead to vaping more than you smoked.
Solution: It might help to give yourself a time limit for when you vape. This could give your vaping experience a more definitive end, so you don’t get carried away vaping more than you smoked.
Do Vapes Have More Nicotine Than Cigarettes?
Vapes can have more nicotine than cigarettes. However, with such a variety of nicotine strengths available for pod vapes, this isn’t clear-cut. The amount of nicotine in cigarettes can also vary. However, a single cigarette can have a nicotine content of anywhere from 8 - 20 mg, the average being 12 mg per cigarette.
Social and Cultural Factors
If you’ve ever found yourself wondering ‘is vaping the same as smoking?’ the answer is no - and it’s common knowledge that it’s not. The negatives of smoking and how it compares to vaping are widespread and could be a reason why some people find themselves vaping more than they ever smoked.
There’s lots of information online about the negative effects of smoking, and moreover how smoking can seriously impact your health. Cigarette smoke releases thousands of chemicals, many of which are damaging to the user’s health. Vaping exposes people to a lot less toxins than smoking cigarettes. What’s more, vaping doesn’t produce carbon monoxide or tar, which are some of the most harmful substances of tobacco smoke.
Vaping can also cost less than smoking. Once you’ve purchased your pod vape, it’s estimated that vaping is around a third of the cost of smoking. While vaping can be more cost-effective than smoking, this is only the case if you’re cost-conscious about your vape purchases. For example, disposable vapes are great to help test whether you like vaping. However, they’re not cost-effective in the long run, and after you’ve tested vaping out with disposables, it’s worth looking into a more long-term solution, like rechargeable vapes.
Many find vaping more socially acceptable than smoking. What’s more, lots of vapers prefer the taste of vaping to smoking too - especially with the huge variety of vape juice flavours available! If you want to learn more about vaping, we’ve got lots of other useful guides on this topic on our blog.
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