While it may be easy for non-vapers to suggest quitting if you have concerns about the potential risks associated with vaping, you’re not likely to want to ditch your mods just yet.
While most people agree that it would be safest to avoid smoking and vaping altogether, most vapers aren’t ready to give up on vaping completely, even if they want to minimize any risks from nicotine addiction. So, how can you cut down your risks from vaping without actually quitting?
Using Temperature Control Mods
Using temperature control mods is a great way to reduce the potential risks linked to vaping that were outlined in the formaldehyde study carried out by the New England Journal of Medicine which outlined that in certain extreme situations, particular setups could release large amounts of formaldehyde. Of course, the primary problem with this study is the unrealistic settings which were used, as nobody would actually vape in this way since it would quickly taste terrible. Although this example isn’t really anything to worry about in ordinary vaping situations, it is important to note that vaping at high temperatures results in a greater number of chemical reactions. That means that harmful chemicals like acrolein and formaldehyde are likely to be produced if you don’t limit the temperature that the coil is able to reach. Using a temperature control mod can resolve this problem as it will stop firing once the coil’s temperature has reached its selected limit, thus restricting the amount of acrolein and formaldehyde which can be produced. Hopefully in the future, e-liquid studies will show the precise chemicals which form at particular coil temperatures thus enabling vapers to use temperature controls to select the perfect safest vape temperature. The key is to vaporize sufficient flavor and nicotine to make vaping enjoyable, however to also limit the temperature to avoid the creation of excessive harmful by-products.
Avoiding Acetyl Propionyl And Diacetyl
The vaping community has been debating whether or not they should have any concerns about diacetyl, however the fact remains that there is definitely some risk, even if it’s still unknown whether or not the amount of diacetyl we consume during vaping is actually dangerous. It is known that diacetyl in high quantities can damage the lungs, so it’s probably best to avoid it. Diacetyl is added to e-juices to improve their flavor, and if you find that only a flavor loaded with diacetyl is enough to prevent you from going back to smoking, then you’re certainly better off vaping that e-liquid than taking up the habit again. Cigarettes contain a lot more diacetyl than any e-liquid, so you can rest assured that vaping is a safer choice. On the other hand, if vaping safe is important to you and you don’t really need that sweet, buttery flavor that diacetyl brings, you should avoid it to minimize any risks. There are plenty of e-liquids to choose from that are diacetyl-free, but remember to check the lab reports for your chosen flavors to confirm they don’t actually contain any detectable amount of this chemical. Although acetyl propionyl hasn’t been the subject of as many studies, indications show that it poses similar risks to diacetyl.
Vape Less Frequently With A Higher Nicotine E-Liquid
With the modern progression of vaping technology there has been a growing trend towards consuming lower amounts of nicotine in our e-juices, however that means that many vapers are having to use more e-juice each day. Using a dripping atomizer or sub-ohm vaping gives you a greater hit and more vapor, and when you combine this with large amounts of PG and a high nicotine content, vaping becomes pretty unpleasant. This explains why so many vapers have made the move towards a lower nicotine level and VG-based e-liquids.
However, when you use a lower strength of nicotine, you’ll need to use a greater amount of e-juice to get the same level of satisfaction, and even though a high quality vaping device will produce a greater amount of vapor with each puff, overall the majority of vapers still probably consume a larger number of puffs after they decrease the level of nicotine in their e-liquid. With each puff, you are inhaling vapor which causes short-term changes within your lungs and although that doesn’t necessarily mean that you’ll develop a long-term problem, you are increasing the chances the more puffs you take.
For this reason, it makes sense to try to minimize how many puffs you take each day, and to achieve this while still getting enough nicotine, you might need to up the nicotine level of your e-juice. Of course this will increase your throat hit, so some experimentation may be necessary to find a level that you are able to tolerate. If you also use an e-liquid with a high VG balance this will help to balance the throat hit as you can reduce the power setting a bit.
Avoid Dry Burning Coils
Dry burning coils refers to pressing the fire button on your vaping device without using any e-liquid and without inserting a wick into the coil. Some people dry burn their coils in order to check to see whether the temperature is being distributed evenly, to clean away residues or to compress the coils, but doing this means that the temperature is raised to over 700 °C / 1,290 ° F which may affect the metal’s structure. If you pair this with the potentially corrosive effect of some types of e-liquid, the metal of the coil may be seriously impacted, causing more metal to appear in the vapor. Experts have suggested that although the amount of metal in e-cig vapor is not believed to be a risk, this risk will be increased by dry-burning coils, and this is something that can easily be avoided.
Avoid Cloud Chasing
The greater the amount of vapor inhaled, the more you are exposing yourself to risks. Of course, even the heaviest vaping still is a lot safer then cigarette smoking, and if vaping helps you to stay away from tobacco then you should continue to vape in whichever way you need. However, getting through lots of e-liquid each day could be risky to your health, especially when contaminants and by-products are taken into consideration. Cutting back on how much vapor you inhale each time you take a puff is one way to make vaping safer.
Mix Your Own E-Liquid Or Try It Unflavored
Although flavors play a major role in making vaping more enjoyable, it is the risk of inhaling these flavorings that is the greatest potential unknown factor. Flavorings have been cited by the Royal College of Physicians as the most likely risk factor in vaping, although it is worth noting that even so, it is still estimated that vaping probably poses less than 5% of the risks of smoking. The problem is that, apart from acetyl propionyl and diacetyl, nobody is really sure which flavorings could actually be a risk, and therefore if you want to be really safe, making your own e-juices or vaping unflavored varieties could be the only real solution. Of course, vaping an unflavored e-liquid isn’t particularly appealing, but mixing your own e-liquid gives you total control over its contents. If you only buy flavorings that are proven to be diacetyl free, avoid any flavors that may potentially be risky in the future and limit how much flavoring you use, you will be maximizing the safety of your vape.
The report from the Royal College of Physicians has some interesting points to raise about the amount of nicotine which is absorbed during vaping as well as where the nicotine is absorbed. The report suggests that nicotine found in vapor is absorbed mainly through the upper throat and mouth instead of the lungs, which is the case with smoking. This means that the level of nicotine in the blood after vaping compares more with the use of nicotine patches than with cigarette use.
This means that there is no need to inhale into the lungs during vaping, and while it may be an extreme step, it could be a valuable way to cut risks. Although some vapor will always get into the lungs, without inhaling it purposefully, this amount will be greatly reduced.
While vaping may not necessarily be risky or dangerous, you might want to limit the amount of risk you are exposing yourself to. Vaping will always be much safer than cigarette smoking, but if minimizing the risks of getting your nicotine fix is important to you, following these tips will help you. Even if the best way to avoid risk is to quit vaping altogether, vaping in the safest possible way is a reasonable second best solution.