There is always an ongoing debate on vaping vs smoking. Each discussion of vaping includes a comparison with smoking and why not. After all, if there was no such thing as vaping, most smokers would still be smokers instead of vapers or nonsmokers. However, when we talk science, there are very few comparisons which show the difference between vaping and smoking. The most common and the most hazardous effect of smoking can be seen on lungs. Science has proven time and time again that smoking is dangerous and most smokers will die at a young age. However, this is not the case with vaping as no hazardous effects have been seen in the past few years. A report on smoking in the year 2014 suggested that 480,000 people in America are dying every year due to smoking. Let’s have a look at few of the lung diseases caused majorly by smoking.

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Vape Lungs vs Smoker Lungs


Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease or COPD is one of the most dangerous diseases smokers experience.  The outcomes of this lung disease leave the smokers suffering from emphysema, bronchitis, as well as asthma for the rest of their lives. Eventually, their lungs stop functioning and they die. Here is how the lungs of a smoker suffer;

The airways and alveoli are constantly stretching and shrinking. Tobacco makes them loose this ability.

  • The walls of alveoli are destroyed
  • The airways of the smoker often become swollen and inflamed
  • Excessive production of mucus blocks the effective airflow

This is a result of the gases present in the smoke. As a result, the lungs produce mucus to fight the particles in the tobacco. The smoker is left with congestion and irreversible damage. The destruction doesn’t stop here but is progressive. The condition gets so bad that the smoker eventually has to get a lung transplant. On the other hand, vaping doesn’t do any of this. Multiple types of research have been conducted and the lungs of the vapers are much healthier than the smokers.


For some individuals, asthma is genetic while for others, it is caused by smoking. The sufferers of smoking who have switched to vaping have seen a considerable difference in their health and have controlled asthma in no time at all. A study was done by Dr. Riccardo clearly shows the signs of a reversal in people who previously suffered from asthma due to excessive smoking.

Popcorn Lung

There is still doubt if smoking or vaping has ever caused popcorn lung. In light of the fact that albeit a huge number of smokers (however no vapers that we are aware of) have kicked the bucket from lung hindrance, no smoker or vapor has ever been determined to have popcorn lung (which is  known as bronchiolitis obliterans).

There have been a lot of studies which prove the benefits of vaping over smoking. If you have been struggling with your health, switch over to vaping and see your health take a new turn.