What's up with World Vaping Day?

Young female smoking e-cigarette from Shutterstock
Young female smoking e-cigarette from Shutterstock
Diego Cervo
World Vaping Day was first 'celebrated' in 2012 and today of all days it has come around again.

When it started out, e-cigarettes offered hope for nicotine slaves to puff on something less unhealthy, but by now they have achieved 'cool' status, with users showing off their high-tech, gem encrusted vaporing sticks all around town. 

According to World Vaping Day.com, already over 8% of smokers have switched in countries such as the US and UK, and by 2020 (or earlier) that figure will be 25%. The global market is now worth some $1.5bn annually.

While the World Health Organization is cautioning against them until definitive studies have been done on their safety to your health, many others are saying that they are much less harmful than regular cigarettes. 

In fact, a 2014 survey conducted by a team of researchers from the Center for Tobacco Control Research and Education at UC San Francisco looked at nearly 60 e-cigarette manufacturers and found that more than 90 percent of them cited e-cigs as healthier, cheaper, and cleaner than conventional cigarettes.

But that doesn't mean they generate 'pure water vapor' as some manufacturers suggest they do, and nobody can deny that what makes them vape is nothing short of a synthetic chemical cocktail that we no nothing about.

Here is our roundup of articles you must read if you vape, or are thinking of doing it:

The dangers lurking in e-cigarettes
Superior e-cigarette designed in the US
How e-cigarettes can help you quit
Is the UN report on e-cigarettes an overreaction?
Why the WHO wants to ban the indoor use of e-cigarettes
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