The Weird Way Vaping Could Help Athletes The Weird Way Vaping Could Help Athletes

According to researchers, a switch to vaping can improve athleticism in a few fundamental ways

We can all agree that smoking is just about the worst thing you can do for your long-term health. We have decades of evidence proving that smoking directly leads to such tragic conditions as cancer and heart disease, but it’s also detrimental to your health in the short term. For example, it’s well known that tobacco use, even over a short period, can significantly reduce your lung’s ability to provide enough oxygen to your system. This is especially true for athletes, who are already subjecting their bodies to heavy-duty activity.

As the evidence becomes more clear and understood, fewer athletes are choosing to keep smoking. This push has become even more dramatic with the advent of e-cigarettes, giving individuals alternative options to satisfy their cravings. Although vaping is relatively new, there is plenty of evidence that indicates it’s much safer than smoking. In fact, a report conducted by renowned tobacco control expert, Dr. Konstantinos Farsalinos, is making the case that vaping could even provide a few advantages to athletes looking for an edge.

Vaping Athletes

As you could probably assume, the most significant benefit offered athletes by making a switch from smoking to vaping is the overall improvement in cardiovascular health. This manifests itself most clearly in an increase in lung function. Smoking slowly but surely adds dangerous tar to your system, but when you stop your body begins the process of removing the tar and mitigating the damage it causes. Naturally, even just making a switch is shown to dramatically improve the lung function of a test group in only a few weeks. But Dr. Farsalinos seems to have found another way in which vaping is helping athletes reach their full potential.

According to his research, making the switch from vaping leads to a dramatic drop in average blood pressure, which has been directly tied to an increased ability to exercise effectively. If you’re looking to maximize the improvement you experience, be sure to opt for very low, or nicotine free e-liquids. This is because the improvements have been more dramatic when vaping nicotine free e-liquids, likely because nicotine use has been associated with constriction of the veins, which raises blood pressure and heart rate. That’s why so many athletes now vape their favorite nicotine-free e-liquid to help them relax after an intense workout.

The Larger Impact On Health

It’s not just improvements on the court that have smoking athletes flocking to vaping. As mentioned, the technology is still so new that it’s hard to say with 100% accuracy, but there is a hard to deny amount of evidence indicating e-cigarettes could be the most crucial harm reduction tool in decades. We also have reason to believe that vaping may be a more successful smoking cessation tool than even new prescription drugs like Chantix. A study published last fall by researchers at the University of Louisville concluded that vaping was more likely to lead to a successful quit attempt than any other device or method.

As if that wasn’t enough, we can say with even more clarity that vaping is at least 95% safer than smoking. In fact, a study released just last fall found that the excess lifetime excess cancer risk of a smoker is over 57,000 times higher than a vaper from a similar background. So while it’s fair to say more research is needed before we say anything with total certainty, we have plenty of reason to be excited about the ability of vaping to reduce harm and help people quit smoking for good.

Implications

Keeping your lungs in good shape is essential regardless of who you are. But it’s even more critical for athletes, who are continually working to push themselves further than they’ve gone before. Quitting smoking should be right at the top of the list for any athlete who is looking to improve their game. The improvement in lung function will not only be very evident, but the associated lower blood pressure should help keep you going for that last set.

Even if you’re not an athlete, making the switch to vaping can make a significant difference in your quality of life. Despite the decades of damning evidence and public outcry, smoking remains the leading cause of preventable death and disease across the world. So if we truly want to improve the lives of smokers, or if you simply want to improve your health, making a switch to vaping should be a top priority.

Do you believe that vaping could actually help athletes improve? Why did you finally make the switch to vaping? What do you think is the best way to inform more people about the benefits of vaping? Let us know what you think in the comments, and don’t forget to check back here or join our Facebook and Twitter communities for more news and articles.

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Katie Bercham - CocktailNerd Editor

Katie actually had a negative first experience of electronic cigarettes, picking up a cheap and horrible model from my local mall. Thanks to a chance meeting with co-editor David, she hasn’t had a tobacco cigarette in over 5 years. She brings a strong female voice to the e-cig community.