Vaping vs. Smoking: A collection of medical research studies

Vaping vs. Smoking: A collection of medical research studies

Vaping vs. Smoking

Vaping vs. Smoking: A collection of medical research studies

There is a great deal of misinformation floating around online regarding the possible “dangers” of vaping and e-cigs.  Most of the noise surrounding this topic is simply political propaganda, specifically written to scare the typical consumer away from vaping and back into the arms of Big Tobacco.  Below is a short list of medical research studies that debunk the many negative myths most often associated with the wonderful world of vaping.

Second-hand e-cig vapor lacks combustible toxins.

As far back as December of 2013, the Oxford Journal released a report regarding the possibility of toxins in second-hand vapor.  Six highly regarded physicians in the Buffalo, New York area took part in the study.   Three different brands of e-cigs were used in the test.  The conclusion of the study shows that indoor use of vaping devices and e-cigs may expose nonusers to second-hand vapor with small amounts of nicotine, but there is no scientific evidence of exposure to toxic tobacco-specific combustibles.  This new information is very important because medical science has already determined years ago that these combustibles, rather than the nicotine, are the contributing factor to smoking-related cancers and heart disease.

E-cigs and vape pens are effective stop-smoking aids while also inhibiting relapse.

One of the more commonly misunderstood bits of information is that vaping is not effective in helping smokers to quit.  But a study from the University of Auckland and the University of Geneva provide scientific data to the contrary.  Over the course of one year, almost 400 e-cig users were followed.  76% were former smokers who had just transitioned to vaping.  After one month, 93% were still vaping.  After one year, 81% were still active vapers.  Those are pretty high numbers.

Vaping is not a gateway to smoking. 

This is perhaps the most commonly referenced myth seen in television news broadcasts.  And there is simply no scientific evidence to support the claim that e-cigs lead to smoking tobacco cigarettes.  In a 2013 research study headed by Dr. Ted Wagner from the University of Oklahoma, some 1300 college students with an average age of 19 took part in the study.  All 1300 admitted that his or her first experience with a smoking apparatus of any kind was with an e-cig.  Of the 1300 students, only one went on to try smoking a tobacco cigarette at some point in the future.

Switching to vaping can boost your health. 

A group of scientists from the University of Alberta wondered if vaping was as harmful to a person’s health as smoking tobacco cigarettes.  In 2009, some six years ago and way before vaping became so controversial, a survey was conducted involving 303 participants.  All had transitioned from smoking to vaping in the past 6-months.  91% had tried quitting previous using other “quit smoking” devices, like nicotine gum or “the patch.”  81% agreed that vaping was the only method that worked.  And nearly every participant stated that switching to e-cigs or vape pens reduced smoker’s cough while increasing their physical exercise levels and even their sense of smell.

Science sides with the vaping community.

The above list is only a small sample of the readily available scientific research that supports the vaping industry.  In fact, Dr. Gilbert Ross from the American Council of Science and Health states that transitioning to e-cigs and vaping pens is just “good common sense.”  He even goes so far as to say that federal regulation of the vaping industry could be detrimental to public health.  If vaping manufactures have to wait for approval from numerous federal agencies before releasing a new product, then the advancement of this new technology could come to a near standstill.

Scientists from the Boston University of Public Health also seem to agree.  In a 2011 report, the Boston group concluded that e-cigs and vaping devices significantly reduce the risks of tobacco-related deaths.  If federal regulation legislation is passed, the guidelines for approval will only continue to become more severe over time.  Since the medical community advocated disease prevention over disease management, many in the scientific community are actually on the side of the vaping community.  Federal regulation could actually be deadly.

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