Vaping and smoking data may be leading you astray. Here are some of the proven facts.
We’ve all seen the data and news reports on the dangers of smoking. It’s everywhere; in newspapers, in magazines and even on billboards and we see the facts everywhere. The problem with vaping research is that it’s not as widely circulated unless you know where to look. This means that unless you’re looking for data about the vaping industry, vape devices and vape e liquid, you’ll find it difficult to find it. This plays right into the hands of the cynics, who are happy to let the research fall into the background. With vaping being such a young industry, it’s easy to see how there are still ongoing studies into the current trend of e-cigarette smokers but below are some that have proved that e-cigarettes are a benefit, not a burden on health.
Nicotine isn’t as addictive as previously thought
In his paper Dependence levels in users of electronic cigarettes, nicotine gums and tobacco cigarettes, Dr Jean Francois Etter concluded that the level of addictiveness in vapes is nowhere near that of drugs such as cocaine or heroin. Although on its surface this may seem like a false comparison – not a lot of substances are as addictive as heroin – there is still something to glean from this assessment. With many anti vaping lobbyists using addictive and illegal drugs to compare the dangers of nicotine addiction, the study invalidated their claims. The study proved that e-cigarettes and vape juice were in fact far less addictive than tobacco cigarettes and therefore can be used as a legitimate tool for smoking cessation.
Formaldehyde isn’t the main ingredient in vapes
In what is known as the “formaldehyde letter” which was posted in the New England Journal, researchers at the Portland State University claimed to have found dangerous levels of formaldehyde in top coil clearomisers. This result was debunked due to the fact that the clearomisers were in fact over heated, leading to the excessive creation of the dangerous formaldehyde chemical, an organic compound used in a variety of DIY products and insulation materials. The chemical is present in vape e juice but in miniscule amounts and was only present in the studies from Portland State due to their overheating. The study, according to Dr Konstantinos Farsalinos was akin to “overcooking food to the point of becoming an inedible piece of charcoal and then assuming that consumers would consume it and be exposed to the resulting carcinogenic compounds in their daily routine.”
Vaping is not a gateway to smoking
Many critics of vaping have claimed that vaping acts as a gateway to smoking, focussing on those who take up the habit and who have not been previous smokers. The problem with these studies is that they were using faulty processes and very small sample sizes. It is true now that the majority of vapers internationally are in fact former smokers who have taken up e-cigarettes as a way to curb their previous unhealthy habits. The real research, claims Dr Kozlowski, shows that with present tobacco harm reduction processes, vaping is in fact a highly effective way to stop people smoking, as opposed to adding to the number of people who smoke cigarettes.
Cancer risks are significantly decreased with vaping
With cancer causing the death of one in four smokers and the habit increasing your chances of throat and lung cancer, it’s no wonder that multi-national tobacco corporations such as Phillip Morris have begun promoting the use of vapes and heat-not-burn tobacco products. The fact of the matter is that there are far less chemicals in vape juice and none of them are the same 300 plus in tobacco smoke which has been proven to be carcinogens.