Researchers recently published findings that suggest BAT’s new vaping product is massively safer than smoking.
The debate over e-cigarettes has been going on for over ten years now, and there are no real signs of stopping anytime soon. In fact, many experts called 2019 a “make or break” year for the vaping industry, as both sides get increasingly stubborn. Anti-vapers are concerned what accepting them for their harm reduction, and smoking cessation purposes will do in the long run, especially to the youth. They are particularly worried that since vaping is safer, non-smoking teens will see them as harmless and start down a path which ultimately leads to smoking. Meanwhile, those supporting vaping point to the growing pile of peer-reviewed evidence on the topic. In fact, we recently got yet another report which concluded vaping is drastically safer than continued smoking.
Reports indicating harm reduction value are nothing new for the vaping industry, but there’s been a growing sentiment in the community about a shift in momentum. Between a few key nations around the world revisiting their harsh stance on vaping, and the sudden resignation of FDA Commissioner Dr. Scott Gottlieb, a growing number of vapers feel this is the time to make their stand. Only time will tell what results of the chaos, but more harm reduction and smoking cessation evidence is not hurting the cause.
This latest report was actually conducted by researchers with BAT, or British American Tobacco. As such, they should certainly be taken with a grain of salt, but even so, they’re still quite impressive. The team compared the impact of their new vaping device with a control cigarette on several health indicators such as the mutagenicity, genotoxicity, cytotoxicity and tumor-promoting potential of each activity. After comparing all the results, it became clear vapor wasn’t having nearly as detrimental of an effect as cigarette smoke, even when exposed at exceedingly higher concentrations.
The researchers decided to significantly increase the level of vapor exposure to try and replicate the hazardous results found with smoke. However, even when they raised the concentration to much higher levels than cigarettes, the vapor hardly had any impact on the health of cells. While the researchers were cautious about saying the question is answered, they did indicate their results are plenty of reason to pursue further research into similar harm reduction questions.
Why Support Vaping?
Another reason many are optimistic about the BAT findings is that their results fall right in line with previous harm reduction research. Back in 2015, we got our first large scale report which concluded vaping is at least 95% safer than smoking. That study by Public Health England made huge waves at the time, but ever since it’s become a common theme. Before this latest report, we had a study in December which concluded smoking has 93% more toxicants than e-liquid vapor. But to truly understand how much safer vaping is, consider the report published in the Journal of Aerosol Sciences which concluded the excess lifetime cancer risk of a vaper is 57,000 lower than a demographically similar smoker.
It’s not just harm reduction value which vaping offers either. In fact, we have plenty of evidence which suggests vaping is an incredible smoking cessation tool. Researchers at the University of Louisville wanted to test the success rate of all the most common devices and methods used to quit smoking. After collecting and analyzing all their data, the team concluded not only is vaping effective, but it’s actually more likely to work than anything else including prescription drugs. But for many, the biggest reason to not support vaping is their impact on teens. Luckily the research we have on the topic suggests things are overblown. In fact, a report of over 60,000 students found only between 0.1% and 0.5% of non-smoking teens are ever picking up a vaporizer full time.
Things are seemingly getting worse for vaping before they get better. Vapers in America are looking down the barrel of a nationwide flavor ban; meanwhile, the FDA is in search of its next leader who could very well make things much worse. That being said, there’s plenty of reason to be optimistic about the future. The research continues to come in that e-cigarettes are much safer than smoking, while several countries revisit their previously harsh official stance. If we genuinely want to secure and protect our vaping rights, we simply must spread all the positive information we have on vaping to the smokers in our lives. The more people who understand what’s at stake, the harder it will be to take it away.
Do you trust a report coming out of BAT to be fair and impartial? What’s the most crucial part about vaping for you? Do you think things have been getting better or worse for the vaping industry? 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.