Vaping in the science/medical world
Vaping is becoming more popular than ever. It sees major use in many countries, including the UK. Many see it as a safer, healthier, and even less-expensive habit than smoking… which all work toward making it an ideal choice as an alternative.
But some disagree. There are a lot of people, both in the public health spotlight and not so entrenched in the public eye, who believe that vaping could pose too many long-term negative health risks. They say that vaping is untested, that it has not been as vigorously documented as it should be, and that people should be more leery of its use.
Some have also said that vaping could act as a gateway to smoking, and that the public health arena should use its resources to discourage its use… to the same level that smoking is discouraged.
The only problem with these viewpoints is that science is continually validating the fact that vaping is much, much less harmful than smoking. It might even be true that there are really no long term negative risks associated with its use – which would be a huge win, because smoking, as we all know, is laden with risks and dangers that far outweigh their benefits.
But what has the health arena been reporting about E-cigs lately? Here is a story that you might be interested in…
A recent study showed that vaping leaves far fewer toxins in the body than smoking
In a study that was published just recently (as of 2-14-2017, the time that this post was written) in the journal Annals of Internal Medicine, it was shown that electronic cigarettes were found to be ‘far safer and less toxic’ than conventional cigarettes, based on the levels of dangerous and cancer-causing substances that were measured in the body.
We actually heard about the study through an article posted on dailymail.co.uk.
Basically, the study showed that people who used NRT (nicotine replacement therapy) had much lower levels of smoking-related toxins in their bodies than those who smoked regular cigarettes. The study took place over a period of 6 months, and measured levels of toxins in the saliva and urine in 181 different subjects.
Some of the findings were, to put it simply, shocking. The most notable of which had to do with NNAL… which is a chemical that is heavily linked to lung cancer. In former smokers who had since turned to vaping for the last 6 months, levels of NNAL in the body were 97.5% lower than they were in average smokers!
A number of other carcinogens also showed lower levels in the bodies of those who had turned from smoking to vaping – including butadiene, acrolein, and acrylonitrile.
Electronic cigarettes were obviously included in the study, and checked out to be the same as other NRT therapies, like nicotine patches or gum.
This study really helps to solidify a growing case for long-term E-cig use, as well as the fact that it is certainly not as dangerous as some people are afraid that it could be. Fears about E-cigs have played a big role in keeping them contained – but as people learn more and more about them, they are seeing more and more usage.
And they seem to be doing a good job. Many people have said that they were able to either quit smoking or cut back after switching to E-cigs – which is huge.
It’s worth mentioning that EU and UK government is doing their part too and the new TPD regulations that regulate vape tank size, the size of vape liquid bottles and nicotine strength are here for a reason. Although some vapers may disagree, we do believe that this sector needs to be regulated. At the end of the day, vendors should only sell safe and quality products, which these regulations are all about, and when comparing them to some other country situations, UK vaper community is actually quite lucky.
What about E-cig risks?
Obviously, E-cigs are not the ‘cure all’ for every human problem or ailment – and they do have their limitations. One study even showed that habitual electronic cigarette users could face a higher risk of developing cardiovascular problems.
But when you take everything into account and compare it to the data on cigarettes, the results are very, very positive. Our position on this issue has always been the same… and this recent study confirms it.
We absolutely believe that E-cigs should be tested… but until an actual, scientifically-validated danger places them in the same risk category as cigarettes, then they can (and should) be available as a viable, safer, and healthier alternative to smoking.