Researchers Discover Secret To Vaping Is Easier Than We Thought
A new report indicates yet another reason why vaping is much better for you than smoking cigarettes
Research on the impact of vaping has been going on since they were first invented. Over that time we’ve gotten some significant pieces of evidence which indicate the extreme harm reduction and smoking cessation benefits of vaping. The latest piece of the puzzle was published last week, and it’s only improving the case for vaping. This particular report indicates some of the massive differences in e-cigarette vapor and combustible cigarette smoke when tested in controlled environments.
Proponents of vaping have been pointing to this type of information for years, showing that while they do appear quite similar to an outsider, vaping and smoking are massively different processes. Meanwhile, anti-vapers say there isn’t enough evidence to know anything for sure yet. Ultimately only time will tell if these calls for more research are legitimate, or merely an easy way to undermine the vaping industry. But for now, we’ve got another piece of peer-reviewed evidence pointing to the value of vaporizers.
The Latest Study
The study in question was conducted by a team of researchers out of the Institute of Environmental Assessment and Water Research in Barcelona, Spain. Led by Dr. Barend Van Drooge, the team wanted to gain a better understanding of the changes in particles and organic pollutants indoors while vaping. To do this, they gathered smoking, vaping, and non-smoking participants and collected their background information. They then placed ten participants, five non-vaping and five vaping, in a room without external ventilation for twelve hours. They then conducted the same test with smokers and non-smokers, and finally a control with just non-smokers in the room.
After collecting all of their data, the team immediately started to notice some interesting patterns. Likely the most important of these for the vaping community is the total lack of many of the most dangerous substances emitted by traditional cigarette smoke. This included a complete lack of toluene, xylenes, benzene, ethylbenzene, and naphthalene in the atmosphere, whereas smoking significantly increases these concentrations. Other substances were observed, but the team concluded that while slightly elevated, the levels of both nicotine and formaldehyde in the air were significantly lower than figures reported in other studies. They credited this harm reduction primarily to the lack of combustion in the vaporization process.
Evidence For Vaping
This new report is just the latest in a growing line of substantial evidence supporting vaping. For instance, we’ve known since 2015 that vaping is 95% safer than smoking, but this figure has only been corroborated in the years since. In fact, a report published just last month concluded that vaping exposes users to around 93% fewer toxicants than cigarette smoke. In addition to that, a report published in the Journal of Aerosol Sciences concluded that the excess lifetime cancer risk of a smoker is about 57,000 times higher than a demographically similar vaping. But the benefits of vaporizers don’t end with their harm reduction value.
We’ve also got plenty of evidence backing the smoking cessation value of vapes. For instance, a report published by researchers at the University of Louisville found that vaporizers are more likely to lead to a successful quit attempt than anything else, up to and including prescription drugs. Another big concern is about the impact vaping has on teens. But a study of over 60,000 teens conducted by Action on Smoking and Health concluded that only between 0.1% and 0.5% of non-smoking teens are deciding to pick up vaporizers on a regular basis. This means that far fewer are ever ending up smokers due to nothing else but vaporizers.
The battle over vaping rights is still going strong. Many experts feel that 2019 might be a make or break year for the industry. With increasing pressure from parents and the government, vaping companies have already started to feel the heat. That’s why it’s important to read and spread positive evidence like this to all the smokers in your life. Polls indicate that only around 13% of adults understand vaping is much safer than smoking, while about 26% say they’re just as, if not more dangerous. With public perception being this low, it’s critical that we work harder than ever to educate the people in our lives. If we wait, we may soon wake up in a world where vaping has been banned outright. So if we truly value ending the smoking epidemic once and for all, we must support vaping instead of undermining it.
Do you think new studies like this are helping make a case for vaping? What’s the most important thing to remember when teaching people about vaporizers? How important is it that we improve the public perception of vaping, in your opinion? 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.