New Study Uncovers Another Major Benefit Of Vaping
The new report focused on the impact vaping has on lung inflammation, especially in non-smokers
It seems like every week there’s another politician or parent who’s framing vaporizers as merely another way to get people addicted to tobacco. But a new study out of Ohio State University established another fantastic reason smokers everywhere should try quitting with e-cigarettes. Critics of vaping have long sought to equate vaping with smoking as a means of discrediting all the value they offer as a harm reduction and smoking cessation tool. So while researchers work to establish the facts about vaping, legislators seem more concerned with hysteria.
We now have a situation in which those in charge of the regulations are preoccupied with their preconceived notions than the growing body of evidence. Nonetheless, this latest research is once again wearing down the case against vaping, making it more likely they’ll someday gain widespread acceptance. The researchers established the lung inflammation associated with smoking is not something vapers have to worry about, as results came back nearly identical to the control, never smoking group.
Latest Vaping Research
The team of researchers from the Ohio State University was led by Dr. Min-Ae Song with the College of Public Health. Dr. Song and her team wanted to further establish the differences in impact on lungs between chronic smoking and chronic vaping. They acknowledge the growing body of evidence which indicates vaping is safer than smoking, but they sought to prove precisely how the respiratory system was affected long-term. To do this, they gathered a group of 40 never-smokers and split them into two groups, those who would start vaping nicotine and flavor free e-cigarettes for the trial and those who would keep doing nothing. The team conducted several bronchoscopies over a four week period and gathered urinary PG information.
After collecting all the data, the team began to notice some interesting patterns. Likely the most important of these conclusions was that there was essentially no changes in inflammatory cell counts between baseline and follow-up measurements in either vaping or control groups. This extended to the level of cytokines found, as well as changes in mRNA and microRNA. According to the researchers, this is one of the first studies to demonstrate the impact of vaping on inflammation in the lungs of never smokers, which lays the foundation for further understanding of the harm reduction value of e-cigarettes.
The Growing Consensus
While this latest report offers another fantastic reason to switch from smoking to vaping, it’s far from the only study indicating the value. In fact, the consensus for the harm reduction and smoking cessation value of vaporizers has been growing among public health professionals for several years now. Back in 2015, we got a report from the federal health agency in England, PHE, that vaping is at least 95% safer than smoking, and reports as recent as earlier this month have come up with similar figures for the relative risk between vaping and smoking. We even have a study which suggests the excess lifetime cancer risk of a smoker is around 57,000 times higher than a demographically similar vaper.
Making the clear harm reduction value that much more powerful is that fact that vaping also seems to be an extremely useful tool to help people end their dependence on tobacco. This includes reports which disprove the “gateway theory” linking acceptance of vaping with increased teenage smoking, as well as studies that prove vaping is likely the best smoking cessation tool we have at our disposal. It’s clear to all of us paying attention to the research as it comes in that vaping is a total game-changer for public health, especially in the ongoing fight against tobacco.
While the researchers acknowledge their study is relatively small, they firmly believe this sort of evidence is precisely what is needed now more than ever. With smoking still the leading cause of preventable death and disease, we should be taking advantage of all the best tools we have, not undermining them at every turn. Spreading positive information like this is one of the primary ways we can work to improve the currently very poor public perception of vaping. As long as only around 13% of people understand everything vapes have to offer, it will remain virtually impossible to improve our situation or even protect our current rights. That’s why it’s so vital we help educate the smokers and non-smokers in our lives about the distinct ways in which vaping is safer than smoking.
What do you think about this new report? Does it matter if more people start to understand how much safer vaping is than smoking? What do you think is the most essential factor in improving public perception? Let us know what you think in the comments, and don’t forget to check back here or join our Facebook and Twitter communities for more news and articles.