The researchers proved that vaping is much less toxic than smoking cigarettes
The ongoing battle for vaping rights is something near and dear to the hearts of many vapers. As a group that predominantly escaped a life of tobacco smoke thanks to vaporizers, the vaping community truly understands the massive benefit e-cigarettes offer society. Unfortunately, not everyone agrees, and many legislators argue that vaping could ultimately lead to more smokers. While there is very little evidence backing up the “gateway” theory connecting vaping and smoking, this perspective remains prevalent.
Luckily, a large portion of the peer-reviewed evidence published on vaping and smoking finds that e-cigarettes do indeed offer significant harm reduction and smoking cessation benefits. So while the research is far from done, we do have a much clearer picture of the differences between vaping and smoking than ever before. In fact, a new study published last week concluded smokers who entirely switch to vaping are exposing themselves to a significantly lower level of toxicants.
The New Report
This new study was conducted by researchers from the Roswell Park Cancer Center, led by Dr. Maciej Goniewicz. The team wanted to establish if e-cigarettes are exposing people to the same level of harm as traditional cigarettes. In particular, they tried to estimate the long-term health effects of vaping by using known biomarkers for the beginning stages of long-term damage. They used biomarker data from the Population Assessment of Tobacco and Health (PATH) study collected between 2013 and 2014 from over five thousand participants. This participant’s data was split into different groups depending on their relationship with vaping. After spending almost a full year analyzing everything they collected, the team established some significant patterns.
While the vaping group of participants did test for higher levels of several negative biomarkers compared with non-smokers, they were found to be significantly less toxic than either the dual using, or smoking only groups. In fact, there was a 93% reduction in toxicity between the vaping group and the smoking group. However, while the team concluded vaping does offer a massive reduction in harm, it’s only significant when users switch entirely from smoking. This still represents an enormous win for the vaping community, as it once again validates the decision to end dependence on tobacco with e-cigarettes.
The Growing Evidence
While this new study shows that vaping is much less dangerous than smoking, it’s far from the only piece of evidence. In fact, the 93% reduction in harm lines up perfectly with a well-known report published by Public Health England back in 2015. That report, released by the federal health agency for England, found that vaping is around 95% safer than combustible cigarettes. Making the harm reduction case even stronger is a report published in the Journal of Aerosol Science that found the excess lifetime cancer risk of a vaper is approximately 57,000 times lower than a demographically similar smoker.
In addition to the harm reduction value of e-cigarettes, vaping is also one of the best ways to end your dependence on tobacco, according to reports. For example, a study conducted by researchers at the University of Louisville found that vaping is not only useful in getting people off cigarettes, but it may also be the most effective of any tool. Finally, many parents worry about the impact acceptance of vaping is having on their teens. But a large-scale study of over 60,000 teens concluded only between 0.1% and 0.5% of non-smoking teens are ever picking up vaping. This strongly indicates much fewer than 0.1% of non-smoking teens are ever ending up smokers because of e-cigarettes.
The fight for vaping rights is far from over. We still must work to ensure that the smokers in our lives know vaping is the best option for them to quit smoking once and for all. So while we’ve got a long way to go, studies like these only make the transition easier. That’s why we must help spread this study and others like it to all the skeptics in your life who claim vaping is just as bad, if not more dangerous than smoking. Smoking remains the leading cause of preventable death and disease around the globe, but we’re still underutilizing our best available tool. If we ever want to live in a world that’s genuinely free of smoking, we must take advantage of vaping and all the benefits it offers.
Are you surprised by the new report’s findings? Why do you think so many people remain skeptical about the many benefits of vaping? How should we continue to work toward further acceptance of vaping among the general public? 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.