Another new study has concluded that switching to vaping from smoking is one of the single best things you can do for your health.
It can be easy to forget, but modern vaping has only been around for a little over ten years now. As such, there is still plenty of research ongoing into the short and long term health effects of e-cigarettes. It’s long been the case that depending on where you look and who you ask about vaping, you might get a very different answer on the potential harm reduction and smoking cessation value. This argument against vaping has been getting weaker over the years though, as more and more research is published proving distinct benefits.
In fact, a recently published report concluded that not only is vaping safer than smoking, but it’s 99.6% safer. Despite a growing consensus among researchers, the public at large still seems to fall into two very different groups, those for and against vaping. Those in favor point to peer-reviewed evidence like this new report and others, while anti-vapers remain more concerned with potential consequences of accepting and legitimizing e-cigarettes for smoking cessation purposes.
The Latest Report
This new report was actually conducted by none other than researchers with Juul Labs. They presented their findings to experts at the Society for Research on Nicotine & Tobacco 2019 conference in San Francisco. Many seemed skeptical about the conflict of interest in research conducted by Juul Labs, but for most, these concerns were quelled after getting a look at their research methodology. It’s likely because of this connection many news outlets failed to report the incredible results. They first gathered a group of participants between the ages of 22 and 62, all who had smoked at least ten full-sized cigarettes every day for at least 12 months before testing. They then split the participants into three groups, with some told to continue smoking as normally, others told to switch exclusively to Juul, and the remaining asked to abstain from both.
After collecting urine samples from all the participants, the team quickly noticed some incredible patterns. For starters, the biomarkers seen in the group switching to vaping saw a 99.6% reduction in biomarkers for cancer compared with the group which kept smoking. In fact, researchers concluded the vaping group results were most similar to the abstaining group. “The equivalent reductions in these specific cigarette-related biomarkers across the groups who abstained from smoking and those who used JUUL products reaffirms the role vapor products can have for the adult smoker.”
Is Vaping Worth It?
These incredible harm reduction figures may seem too good to be true, but there’s actually a lot of supporting evidence. Going back to 2015 we got a report from Public Health England which found vaping is at least 95% safer than continued smoking. That was the first major piece of evidence reaching these conclusions, but ever since there’s been many. In fact, just last December we got a study which concluded cigarette smoke has about 93% more toxicants than e-liquid vapor. Taking things a step further is the report which found the excess lifetime cancer risk of a vaper is around 57,000 times lower than a demographically similar smoker. So as you can see, the harm reduction value of vaping is getting much harder to deny.
Looking past the harm reduction and there’s still a lot to love about vaping. For starters, the often referenced teenage vaping epidemic is being exaggerated according to polls conducted by Action on Smoking and Health. Their report of over 60,000 teens found that only between 0.1% and 0.5% of non-smoking teens are ever picking up vaporizers regularly. A different study may hold the key as to why. A team of researchers from the University of Louisville wanted to test all the most common smoking cessation tools and methods to determine the best one. After collecting all their data, it was vaping which came out on top, even beating out prescription drugs.
This new research is good news for the vaping industry. That being said, it is fair some would be concerned it’s coming from a source too close to the issue. However, thanks to the detailed report given, most experts agree the results are trustworthy, giving vaping another critical piece of evidence in the fight. The industry is currently in a very awkward position, as the FDA Commissioner is set to resign next month, making the future of vaping regulation a giant question mark. That’s why it’s as important as ever that we work to spread positive information to those around us. The more smokers who understand precisely what’s at stake, the harder it will be to ever take away our vaping rights.
Do you think research from Juul can be used to support vaping? What’s the most important part about vaping to you? How do you think we should be working to spread positive information to the smokers around us? 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.