When thinking about the health impact of vaping, not many people realize that there’s a caloric component to the activity. No, smoking a vape isn’t the equivalent of eating a bacon cheeseburger, but you are taking in calories. Learn exactly how many calories, and why that number can change, in the following guide. Let’s jump right in!
Do Disposable Vapes Contain Calories?
Yes, vapes contain calories. The primary ingredient that makes e-liquid worth vaporizing and ingesting is either Propylene Glycol (PG) or Vegetable Glycerin (VG). If you were simply inhaling vaporized PG or VG, as they’re called, you wouldn’t have to worry about calories. But then you wouldn’t be getting any of that yummy flavour you come to vapes for, either.
Indeed, as you might imagine, it’s the artificial flavouring that gives e-liquid its caloric dimension.
The average disposable vape has a built-in e-liquid tank pre-filled with e-liquid that usually tops out at 2ml. Those 2ml contain an average of 10 calories.
So, yes, vapes contain calories, but are they really something to worry about? You can burn 10 calories off by walking for 30 seconds, so unless a 30-second walk scares you, then no, vaping is nothing to worry about calorie-wise.
If you’re still interested in knowing the exact amount of calories in your e-liquid tank, there are some variables you should know about. Whether the e-liquid base is VG or PG changes the calorie content. The storage capacity of your e-liquid tank changes how many calories you’ll be ingesting, as well. A 10ml e-liquid bottle will have about 50 calories, and 10ml should last you a long time.
Do You Gain Calories From Vaping?
Because the caloric content of e-liquid is so low, you aren’t in danger of gaining weight from vaping. Technically, you’re gaining calories, but the amount is so low that if you walk while vaping, you’ll probably burn more calories than you’re taking in.
In fact, vaping has been embraced by some as an appetite-suppressing activity. A study published by the journal Addict Behavior in 2020 found that roughly 14% of adolescents who vape reported vaping as a means of appetite control, and 9% reported wanting to lose weight by vaping.
To be clear, vaping should under no circumstances be used as an appetite suppressant or as a substitute for meals. Another study published in Public Health Nutrition in 2020 found that skipping a meal greatly impacts daily energy intake and diet quality, leading to long-lasting effects if done repeatedly.
How Many Calories Can Vaping Burn?
Vaping doesn’t burn calories, but it does lead to the consumption of scant amounts of calories. The activity can be used to suppress appetite, however. If combined with light exercise like walking, you can burn calories while vaping.
However, skipping meals and substituting meals with vaping should not be done under any circumstances. Meal skipping and artificial appetite curbing can have long-lasting detrimental effects on health. If you use vaping breaks as an opportunity to go on short walks and burn calories that way, and don’t skip any meals, that’s a perfectly natural way to burn calories, however.
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