Is vaping really safer than smoking?
Even the most ardent of e-cigarette and vapor product opponents generally concede that all scientific evidence points to vapor products being far less hazardous than smoking cigarettes. Even Mitch Zeller, Deputy Director of the Center for Tobacco Products of the Food & Drug Administration has commented, “If we could get all of those people [who smoke] to completely switch all of their cigarettes to noncombustible cigarettes, it would be good for public health.”
There are over 150 published studies about e-cigarette toxicity, chemical composition, effects on the human body, and cessation. Every month, as the scientific literature grows supporting e-cigarettes as being far less hazardous than smoking, the support for harm reduction policies among public health and tobacco control advocates grows as well. Indeed, in 2013 more than 50 scientific experts signed a letter to the World Health Organization calling vapor products “among the most significant health innovations of the 21st century — perhaps saving hundreds of millions of lives.”
In 1976, Professor Michael Russell wrote in the British Medical Journal, “People smoke for nicotine but they die from the tar.” In the near-40 years since that statement was made, very little has changed in the scientific literature. There is wide agreement in the field of nicotine and tobacco research that compared to the hazards of inhaling burning smoke into the lungs, smoke-free nicotine use is not a sizable threat to health (except for those who are pregnant or with rare conditions). In fact, both the U.S. Food and Drug Administration and the U.K. Medicines and Healthcare Products Regulatory Agency recommend nicotine replacement therapy products like the nicotine gum and patch as long-term substitutes or smoking.
Unfortunately, misinformation from activist groups has led many members of the general public to inaccurately because that vaping may be as harmful as smoking. For example, vaping opponents often reference the fact that certain chemicals that have been detected in e-cigarette liquids or vapor. Critically, they fail to note the actual levels of these chemicals found. In doing so, they ignore a central tenet of toxicology – the dose makes the poison.
For more information, please view the below video, which features Professor Peter Hajek, Professor of Clinical Psychology
Queen Mary University of London, speaking about the benefits offered by vaping:
Learn the facts.
Hundreds of thousands of smokers think about trying an alternative to smoking regular tobacco cigarettes but they’re scared of the supposed “chemicals” that may be involved. The fact is, the most “dangerous” chemical in e-liquid is nicotine (unless it contains 0mg). Nicotine can be harmful if ingested or absorbed directly through the skin, but in terms of vaping it in a liquid form, it is relatively harmless, minus the fact that it is an addictive substance. Nicotine is not a carcinogen, meaning it has not been proven to cause cancer. Nicotine is not a poison.
That being said, one of the major advantages with vaping as opposed to tobacco products is that you can control the amount of nicotine you are inhaling, and actually wean yourself off your dependence, by slowly reducing the amount of nicotine in vaping liquid(s).
Smugness and contempt these are possibly the two best words to describe how the public health movement and the mainstream media treat vaping.
Whether its public health officials launching a blatantly insulting ad campaign that call vapers Stupid Sheep or its the relentless barrage of negative headlines creating what Clive Bates calls the public’s “misperception of risk” — vapers feel under assault.
But, there are some mainstream media outlets daring to take a fresh look at vaping and one of them is Canada’s national broadcaster, the CBC.
Hear how Mark Kelly’s examination of vaping for the CBC’s Fifth Estate is having a measurable impact on the public’s perception of vaping in Canada by viewing the above video.
E-Liquids contain both Propylene Glycol and Vegetable Glycerine. Neither of them are oils. Both are harmless, water soluble FDA approved ingredients. Propylene Glycol was first approved in 1950 and then again in 1959 by the FDA for use in hospitals as an air disinfectant because it was believed to have curative properties when inhaled. [source: United States Environmental Protection Agency (EPA)]
Today, despite the fearful misinformation being broadcast about Propylene Glycol, we still happily ingest it in hundreds of foods, (including beer), use it in cosmetics and even feed it to our children in the form of Gummy Bears.
Misinformation about PG and other chemicals believed to be in e-liquids and e-cigarettes comes directly (or indirectly) from those who are ignorant to the facts and numerous studies done over the past 20 years regarding the use of vaping products. Other contributors to the negative press about vaping comes from none other than the tobacco and pharmaceutical industries themselves, as the increased use of safer alternatives to smoking have negatively impacted their profit margins!
It’s also interesting to note that members of many health organizations (as well as some elected officials) sit on the board of Big Pharma companies or have stakes in the tobacco industry.
All that aside, there’s now public information — and one significant court ruling — that leads to proof of an obvious deceptions by the FDA and other agencies who performed tests for dangerous chemicals in electronic cigarettes:
“FDA methods have been lambasted in journals by some medical and health research experts who noted that potentially harmful chemicals were measured at about one million times lower concentrations than are conceivably related to human health.”
Recent Health Studies for Vaping and E-cigarettes:
Public Health England (PHE) has said in the first official recognition that e-cigarettes are less damaging to health than smoking tobacco.
The health body concluded that, on “the best estimate so far”, e-cigarettes are about 95% healthier than tobacco cigarettes and could one day be dispensed as a licensed medicine in an alternative to anti-smoking products such as patches.
A new report released today from the Royal College of Physicians, ‘Nicotine without smoke: tobacco harm reduction’ concludes that e-cigarettes are likely to be beneficial to UK public health. Smokers can therefore be reassured and encouraged to use them, and the public can be reassured that e-cigarettes are much safer than smoking.
Professor John Britton, chair of the RCP’s Tobacco Advisory Group, said:
“The growing use of electronic cigarettes as a substitute for tobacco smoking has been a topic of great controversy, with much speculation over their potential risks and benefits. This report lays to rest almost all of the concerns over these products, and concludes that, with sensible regulation, electronic cigarettes have the potential to make a major contribution towards preventing the premature death, disease and social inequalities in health that smoking currently causes.
Smokers should be reassured that these products can help them quit all tobacco use forever.”
For more information, please view the below video, which is a BBC interview featuring Dr Nick Hopkinson from the Royal College of Physicians talking about the safety of electronic cigarettes and how they help smokers switch effectively away from tobacco smoking:
In numerous scientific studies led by Dr. Konstantinos Farsalinos, it was shown that electronic cigarette use has “no immediate adverse effects on coronary circulation (blood and oxygen supply to the heart)”.
According to Farsalinos,
“No scientist has ever said that e-cigarettes are absolutely safe; however; current evidence overwhelmingly supports that they are by far less harmful that tobacco cigarettes. This is the most crucial issue and the most important information that every smoker needs and deserves to know.”
In September 2015, British American Tobacco teamed up with the MatTek Corporation scientists to test e-cigarette vapor and determine whether it was safer on human lungs than tobacco smoke.
Also in September, 2015, The New York Post published an article by former US Surgeon General, Dr.Richard Carmona. The anti-tobacco advocate boldly cut through the controversy over e-cigarette safety by supporting Public Health England’s position that e-cigarettes are about 95% healthier than tobacco. PHE is the first public body to declare its support for e-cigarettes.
So… Are Electronic Cigarettes and Vaping Safe?
The bottom line is that vaping and using electronic cigarettes are a much safer way to satisfy both your nicotine cravings and that “hand to mouth” habit associated with smoking without the ingestion of the other 4000+ toxins, chemicals and carcinogens found in regular tobacco cigarettes.
When we begin to analyze the safety of smoking an electronic cigarette, we should ask ourselves are they truly a safer alternative to tobacco cigarettes? What you need to do is educate yourself and simply compare any vaping product to that of a traditional cigarette and then make an informed decision!