Is Vaping Eco-Friendly?

April 29, 2022 3 min read

You would have heard a lot about how vaping is a better nicotine alternative as compared to cigarettes but you might not know that it is good for the environment too. We thought we should share the environment benefits and eco-friendliness of vaping with our old and new fellow vapers.

No More Cigarette Butts

More than 4,000,000,000 cigarette butts are thrown away each year by people after smoking a cigarette. If you might not know, let me tell you what these trillions of cigarette butts are made of. You must have seen cigarette butts lying somewhere on the street and from the looks of them they don’t look aged at all, dirty maybe, but not degrade. That because they all are made of cellulose acetate which is a kind of thermoplastic polymer. No, plastics are not biodegradable; they can lay there for years without degrading and mixing back into the mother earth. Even if you try to dissolve it in the nail polish remover, it won’t degrade. It will just melt into some weird plastic-like liquid and even after that it can take up to 18 months to 10 years to dissolve.

Even production of these combustible cigarettes is harmful to the environment. According to a research carried out by TreeHugger, “for every 300 cigarettes produced, one tree is destroyed”. According to these calculations, all the heavy smokers who smoke 1-2 cigarettes packs a day are responsible for killing 3-4 trees a year.

If we compare vaping to these facts, it is very eco-friendly. By vaping you just not only smoke something that is 95% less dangerous than the combustible cigarettes but it is also environment-friendly. Even a disposable e-cigarette is equivalent of one and a half packet of regular combustible cigarettes. And if you vape with a rechargeable e-cig, you even help, by recycling the cartomizers and tanks that can be used over and over again.

Don’t Forget to Recycle your e-Cig Batteries

If you are new to the world of vaping or are even an experienced vaper, you might or might not know that most of the batteries, cartomizers and even all the disposable e-cigs can be recycled. You can follow Call2Recycle to learn about how you can recycle electronic cigarette batteries. You can sign up with them with your zip code and their site tool will show you the nearest convenient where you can recycle your e-cig batteries. Even a lot of electronics and hardware related shops have a battery recycling station where you can drop off your electronic cigarette’s batteries. There are so many options out there to recycle your things that it is hard to overlook the benefits of recycling and helping the planet. You can also recycle vapor cartridges; there are a couple of things that you have to do firsthand.

  • Wash them thoroughly and then wrap them in a tissue paper after removing all the filler material and before disposing of them.
  • Make sure there is no e-liquid left in the cartridge. If there is then wash it.
  • Make sure to cap it before throwing it in the bin.

You can also recycle the vape liquid bottle because they are usually made of glass or plastic. Make sure that you wash them before doing so.

It’s not Smoking, It’s Vaping

A lot of lawmakers and scientists refer vaping as a secondhand cigarette smoke and are trying to restrict e-cig vaping under clean air legislation but it’s not the case. The latest research at Barcelona’s 4th Workplace and Indoor Aerosols Conference showed that “exhaled e-cigarette particles are liquid droplets that evaporate rapidly upon exhalation.” Another research by Ground-Break Study suggested that the electronic cigarette vapors tend to evaporate a lot faster as compared to cigarette smoke and that is a good thing for our planet and the people around us.
So the conclusion is that electronic cigarettes are much environmental friendly in comparison to combustible cigarettes. Don’t forget to recycle your e-cig supplies. Vape On!