What’s Worse: Vaping or Smoking?

What’s Worse: Vaping or Smoking?

Imagine if there were an alternative to smoking
cigarettes. Imagine this alternative could help millions
of people quit smoking and came with only a fraction of the harmful chemicals that cigarettes
do. Well, you don’t have to imagine it. It exists. E-cigarettes are the most innovative and promising
smoking-cessation product yet invented. So, public health officials and anti-tobacco
activists are all in favor of this life-saving innovation, right? Actually, they’re almost all totally against
it. Why? Because, incredibly, they make no substantial
distinction between e-cigarettes and real cigarettes — even though they are completely
different products. To begin with, e-cigarettes aren’t cigarettes. They contain no tobacco. Instead, a liquid containing nicotine derived
from tobacco leaves is vaporized, and users of e-cigarettes inhale that vapor. Vapor, mind-you – not smoke. This is significant because the real harm
from tobacco comes from the combustion process, which releases hundreds of toxic compounds
known as tar. Since e-cigarettes have no tobacco and no
combustion, they release no tar. This makes them, according to Britain’s
Department of Health, at least 95% less harmful than tobacco cigarettes. E-cigarettes do contain nicotine, an addictive
drug. However, there is little evidence that nicotine
alone is bad for you, making it similar to, say, caffeine — a drug used every day by millions
of people. Brad Rodu, an oral cancer specialist at the
University of Louisville, put it this way: “I love coffee, and I’m sure I could get
caffeine if I smoked my coffee beans… but I would be paying a much different price in
overall health [if I did].” In other words, when it comes to addictive
substances like caffeine or nicotine, it isn’t the addictive substance that’s harmful;
it’s how it’s delivered. As South African psychiatrist Mike Russell
said about cigarettes: “[People] smoke for [the] nicotine, but they die from the tar.” And again, there’s no tar in e-cigarettes. Does this all mean e-cigarettes are completely
safe? Of course not. Nothing is completely safe. E-cigarettes are a relatively new innovation
so more research is needed, especially on long-term effects. There’s also a place for sensible regulation
to ensure consumer safety. But unlike normal everyday products, any potential
risk posed by e-cigarettes is far outweighed by a real – not potential – good: saving
lives by providing the nicotine that smokers enjoy without delivering the deadly toxins
that can kill them. Many former smokers have successfully used
e-cigarettes to help them kick their nicotine addiction altogether. A recent study in an Oxford Journal peer-reviewed
publication, Nicotine and Tobacco Research, said that e-cigarettes could reduce smoking-related
deaths by 21 percent. That’s thousands of lives every year. John Britton, an epidemiologist and director
of the University of Nottingham’s Center for Tobacco and Alcohol Studies, is even more
optimistic: “[E-cigarettes are] the first genuinely
new way of helping people stop smoking that has come along in decades…[They] have the
potential to help half or more of all smokers get off cigarettes.” So, again, you’d think public health officials
and anti-tobacco groups would be doing everything they could to encourage smokers to switch
to e-cigarettes. Instead, they push for laws and rules that
equate the two products: cigarettes are bad, so e-cigarettes must also be bad. As of August 2016, the US Food and Drug Administration
has ruled that all e-cigarettes must go through a long and expensive application process. This process could end up costing as much
as $1 million per new product. While some of the biggest manufacturers will
be able to shoulder the costs and navigate the regulatory mess, most small e-cigarette
companies will be forced out of business. With less competition, e-cigarettes will become
more expensive, and many people will go right back to smoking. E-cigarette prohibitionists may think they’re
using a “better-safe-than-sorry” approach to save consumers from some yet-to-be-discovered
danger, but they’re not. They’re actually endangering millions of
smokers who would make the switch if the e-cigarette market were allowed to flourish. As Joe Nocera, a New York Times columnist,
wrote: “Equating smoking cigarettes with inhaling
e-cigarettes…is a huge disservice to public health. On the scale of potential harms, e-cigarettes
aren’t even in the same ballpark as combustible cigarettes. They have the potential to save millions of
lives.” The government needs to develop a new paradigm
for dealing with e-cigarettes – one that ensures basic standards but recognizes their relative
safety and immense benefit to public health. If they don’t, more people will die. Imagine that. I’m Caroline Kitchens of the R Street Institute
for Prager University.


  1. I real don’t care smoke are vaping bad ether way but that’s just my opinion.however;If this help people in someway that that fine.

  2. I heard lately that kids are taking up vaping in far higher numbers than they ever did with cigarettes, and people who start with vaping are a whopping 10 times more likely to progress into smoking. If this is true it would negate everything in this video

  3. All you need is fresh air and plenty of it .if you smoke then fine ? I have no problems with that my ant smoked since she was a child and passed away at 90 in hir sleep .so do what you want in life people

  4. Prager University is wrong again..They did not cover in this video the health effects that people are experiencing through vaping. Vape pens were meant to help people to quit smoking. They were not intended for people to buy to start a vape habit. Keep in mind that you are inhaling water vapor into your lungs. People are experiencing pneumonia because they are using these vape pens like cigarettes. For a smoker who is trying to quit smoking they get withdrawals from the nicotine. The vape pen is there to keep the withdrawals under control so you can quit smoking. Smokers don't really like vaping, so they won't do it as much. Our bodies were not designed to smoke or vape anyting into our lungs. Both are equally dangerous and you're going to get people who will abuse the product.

  5. Prager-U why make this video? Why not have a video that says it’s all bad. This feels like an ad to me. First video from Prager-U that I feel is pointless. But that’s just me, a random YouTube commenter haha

  6. They are coming for ecigs. Straws, groceries bags, etc. Anyone who puts their nose in my business i have issues with. We all have curiosity and responsibility with our environment but keep you laws of my sovereign body. Period

  7. PragerU, why are you promoting an addition? Do you have teens in public high school? Starting with nicotine vaping and now is out of hand with other worst illegal substances. I am a mother and I am asking you to think for a minute on how this is affecting our youth in this country

  8. Using vaping to quit the addiction of cigarettes doesn't sound to bad of an idea however, as a Christian I just don't know that the Holy Spirit would want to be around you when you are vaping for pleasure. Also, I've been around some who vaped and the addiction seemed much stronger than a cup of coffee. He spent a lot of money on vaping, money he didn't have, and he really tried hard to get others hooked onto the habit. I've never seen that with coffee drinkers or tea drinkers. Best bet is just stay away from all smoking and vaping.

  9. To all the cigarette smokers using vape as a form of quitting your addiction, one question:

    Don't you wish you have never started in the first place?

    Please, please think of our teenagers …. what would it be like for them in 10 years … Please think of that.

  10. This is the worst Prager you video I’ve ever watched. What do we think about this video in light of the recent deaths due to vaping? What about the enormous a higher rates of children addicted to eat cigarettes? What about the data that show most e-cigarette users who have anything to do with normal cigarettes are using both normal cigarettes and e-cigarette’s at the same time?

  11. I still think this is all about putting money back into big tobacco and health insurance companies pockets. Think about it, is the Juul going to be banned? Of course not! It's essentially owned by big tobacco! And when you consider that most health insurances charge you more if you smoke cigarettes, do you think that's because they want you to be healthy? I'm gonna say no! Money money money!!!!

  12. ALL smokers (tobacco or vaping) are as weak as piss.
    “Little evidence” just like there was little evidence for the danger of DDT, dieldrin, heptachlor or any of the other “wonder” agricultural chemicals which are, after killing many thousands of people, now banned. Shut up you silly, silly woman. I’m disappointed in PragerU.
    Strike one!

  13. The failure of this reporter is that she forgets teens are using e-cigarettes. This is not people using e-cigarettes to stop smoking but people starting a new addiction that’s marketed directly to children.

  14. The nicotine is the addictive part. With e-sigaretts, people can consume much more nicotine in a much shorter time, making them more addicted and dependent to the drug and making it harder to stop. That's what's so fake about this product. It's the same addictive drug, and much more of it, which should absolutely be avoided (not stimulated! Like this video makes it appear).

  15. Tar can be excreted. And it's self-cohesive. Vapours are opposite that. I do not condone tobacco use. But this video is a lie.

  16. Big tobacco wants to take ecigs down. Probably the problems ecigs are having..is enforced by big tobacco payoffs to those who can do the enforcing

  17. Still feel the same? After all these people who got sick and died? Because there wasn't enough testing? I wonder if you still feel like letting these e cig companies run rampant was wise

  18. I would suspect that all these claims of those who vape are coming down with lung infections, is really caused by smoking weed and not vaping, but I could be wrong.

  19. I heard co's are adding flavor additives/ chemicals which when evaporated are bad. And kids are buying these flavored products. PragerU should include this in this video (NB. I don't smoke anything).

  20. Smoked for 10 years a pack a day, vaping let me quit cold turkey been cigerette free for 8 months. My health and wallet thanks the vaping community.

  21. I'm a smoker and I am aware it causes cancer. its called personal responsibility. e cigs should not be regulated. Anything inhaled has an implied risk. Who is the government kidding…? chocolate milk is on the chopping block next. Lets say you went to McDonald's and ordered 50 big mac's…? Of course you will get them because its a company that sells them. Its up to you to eat healthy not a company and certainly not the government. Wake up America. This poor me I'm a victim mentality won't save you.

  22. Yeah no one understands this, because they didn't pay attention in thier high school chemistry class. And Anti-tobacco is actually ran by big tobacco.

  23. Some of this information isn't entirely true. Chewing tobacco requires no combustion, yet it greatly increases the risk of cancer. Due to the lack of research, it's IS possible that e-cigarettes are more harmful. Unlikely but still possible…

  24. Both E-cigarettes, and cigarettes are dangerous, but, E-cigarettes are better. We should support E-cigarette replacement, instead of stigmatizing it. Great vid. Liked.

  25. I am normally a big fan of Prager U presentations, but this presenter made a claim without providing any supporting evidence. Truth is, e-cigarette use does not lead smokers to cease their habit. It simply replaces one delivery system with another. Are e-cigarette more or less healthy than cigarettes? Truth is, we just don't know. It's best not to make claims until you're sure one way or the other.

  26. Sorry…I don't understand the use one form to quit another. I smoked for over 20 years and at one point switched to ecigs then back. One day I smoked a cigarette and it was the last in my pack…told the wife I didn't feel like buying a pack. Haven't smoked since.

    I believe that if you approach quitting like anything else and just decide and do you are far more successful.

    I will say the whole vaping thing is just being trendy. Which is exactly how the whole cigarette craze got started…as a trendy thing.

  27. In the UK, vaping has taken off within the hipster, "woke", leftist soyboy group. There's been no public protests against the use of them or anything. Personally, I smoke, but the government over taxation has forced me to buy cheaper tobacco's that contain more tar. So how does over taxation help with health benefits? 🤔

  28. I went from two packs a day (for twenty years) to one pack a week by switching to a vape pen.. in a few weeks. I had no intention of quitting, my girlfriend at the time said my place smelled bad so I went and got a vape. The transition was super easy. It’s been four years now and not only do I feel great in terms of health but I find the physical act of smoking a real one to be such a hassle. Call it a transfer of addiction if ya want… I feel ten years younger!

  29. Indian Govt. just banned E Cigarette saying it's harmful for society. All while the Govt. is the largest shareholder in the largest tobacco producer company ITC. There should have been regulation on e-cigarette and not ban.

  30. Big tobacco companies have A LOT to do with the bad rap e-cigs are getting. Now Trump is talking about banning flavored vaping liquid. I don’t think all this is about kids vaping. If it is why not just crack down on enforcement of the laws already in place? OR get rid of ALL tobacco, nicotine, and cannabis liquid products. Period. The laws are being unjustly applied to vapes. Wonder why?

  31. I smoked cigarettes for 30 years. I quit and started vaping for about 15 months. I live on the 3rd floor in an apartment building, no elevator. After vaping for 15 months I couldn’t even climb the first flight of stairs. Felt like I was going to die, couldn’t breathe, chest pains and felt like someone was sitting on my chest. I quit vaping and have been chewing the nicotine gum for 8 months. I feel much better and I’m much richer. I buy the Equate brand, it’s $54 for 315 pieces of gum. (The Nicorette is too expensive & their exactly the same)

  32. Not true. This video just shows they have no clue how clinical science, or just science in general, works. Medical doctors have to stay skeptical to approaches with no clinical evidences, which may only be available 10 years after the release of e cigarettes. In fact, e cigarettes is now considered as an alternative method for quitting smoking after the publications last year.

  33. You know people said cigarettes weren't harmful when they were still untested and both versions cause similar short term effects when used.
    Maybe people just shouldn't be smoking anything in general since our lungs are very sensitive organs????
    Test the E-cigarettes as long as we've had tar sticks (regular cigarettes) and then we'll see if they're as safe because that vapor still remains in the lungs and that becomes a breeding ground for bacteria which in turn causes lung diseases like pneumonia.
    I don't care about popcorn lung or any unproven risks I care about the vapor acting the same way as the causes of pneumonia

  34. I stocked up on nicotine salts to last me 10 years so this potential ban can suck my taint. Definitely healthier and I use it much less thanks to being able to deliver plenty of nicotine salt in a single inhale. This is common sense, any outliers are because of weak subjects.

  35. People are literally dying from vaping, and people are getting life-long diseases and ruining their lungs. Stop saying vaping is safer. It is so much worse.

  36. Just stop smoking everything you morons- get over yourselves and your excuse addiction also drink decaf coffee & tea
    (Please stop the vocal fry) ugghhh

  37. I smoked for well over 40 years, until I had a mild heart attack a few years ago when i was around 60 years old. Of course my cardiologist told me to quit smoking. I asked him if it was ok to smoke e-cigarettes. He said absolutely not. It's the nicotine that is very bad for the cardiovascular system. I haven't smoked, or vaped, since. Quit cold turkey.

  38. My Stepfather has smoked most of his life, he recently switched to vaping and we’ve seen a huge improvement in his health. I don’t smoke or vape, so as someone without first hand knowledge it would have been nice if this video at least touched on some negatives of vaping. The only negative I’ve heard of is “popcorn lung”, is that still a thing? Or has the technology fixed that problem?

  39. Are you saying that nicotine has no negative affects on the cardiovascular system????? Wow, I think I have to get new text books. Thanks Doctor, you have overturned decades of research to the contrary. (Sarcasm)

  40. If you really care about the ppl in your country you would ban all of it . they let it slide because they want you to die they want you to spend money on doctors and pharmaceuticals. Stupid sheep

  41. Pardon the paranoia, but given everything the left seems to be shoving down our throats I get the impression they want more people to die. Every leftist legislation has the exact opposite effect of it's STATED intent. The left especially the environmental left want to see a dramatic drop in human populations

  42. It's a replacement method of nicotine only .
    Throw off the chains of addiction stop using nicotine permanently in any form.
    It's like you quit smoking just to dip or chew.
    Thank God I'm smoke free almost 6yrs and will never go back .
    Poison is poison in any form.

  43. More money through taxes and more dead people is exactly what libs want. Eco Nazis believe population reduction is best.

  44. Vapour has now been found to cause sever lung desieses and problems. Who would have thought… Haha
    Also people, especially men, look so dumb with vaporisers ..

  45. The only thing that should go in your lungs is oxygen. Vapes are only a lesser of two evils that manages to fulfill nicotine addictions. Patches and nicotine tablets are better to quit.

  46. Surprise! It's dangerous. But that only because the e-cigarettes were not regulated for safety and made cool by Hollywood. Oh, and to boot now anybody or manufacturer shop off main street will use chemicals to add taste and sold to young people. With a touch of T.H.C.

  47. I’m a 9th graded so I gotta deal with all these seniors with their snowflake hipster outfits, gangster wannabe accents, and worst of all capes. My school says they enforce no gaping but I smelled it a couple times within the first few weeks and I bet once I get into the higher grades it’s gonna be out of control so I could go without capes because everything with nicotine makes me dizzy and messed up but wanna know what else I can go without with CIGARETTES (CANCER STICKS) ok I don’t want to get tar on my lungs

  48. The only thing Prager is missing here is the misconception about where the "vape-related" deaths and sicknesses came from. Look up the articles about the kids who had it really bad, and you'll find that it isn't the nicotine vapes. It's the fake Chinese THC cartridges that are to blame. As a high schooler I can tell y'all that there are many kids that use these fake carts. I even personally know a kid who's been picking them up for 3 years, and guess what? His lungs are infected. The only kid I know, out of everyone I know that uses vapes. This is the real problem.

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