We all know that in the media and entertainment such as the newspaper, television, and social media daily we find a lot of stories made up to scare people about vaping. Almost every day it is possible to find something new.
The news seems to be full of lies and exaggerations about vaping, all based on so-called research from dodgy studies. It is up to us to start changing the general perception about vaping. Most of those stories are based on a simple, poor study that proves nothing. What you need is solid research that can help you better understand the benefits and consequences of vaping and clear up any questions you may have.
In this article, we bring you 5 truths about vaping and studies that address them.
1 – Vapor is not dangerous for passive vapers
Drexel University toxicology expert Igor Burstyn concluded that there is no risk to passive vapers when they breathe in the vapor from e-cigarettes. This study was carried out by crowdfunding through CASAA.
“Exposure from passive vapers is probably minimal, so it doesn’t seem to matter,” Burstyn said.
2 – Vaping can improve lung function in smokers
Several studies have found no lung-damaging effects of vaping. One of the most notable is Dr. Polosa’s discovery, which found that switching to vaping—or even using e-cigarettes to cut back on cigarette use—has improved lung function for asthmatic smokers.
“E-cigarettes can help smokers with asthma reduce or quit cigarette use, and thus reduce the discomfort of tobacco-related asthma symptoms,” Polosa wrote. “The positive findings observed with e-cigarettes allow us to advance the hypothesis that these products may be of value in smoking cessation and/or harm reduction in smoking patients with asthma.”
3 – Nicotine by itself is not hugely addictive
Nicotine is not as addictive as heroin—or cocaine or any other drug as some non-experts try to throw it out to scare readers. Many of the studies challenge common beliefs about the addictiveness of nicotine. French expert Dr. Etter found vaping much less addictive than smoking and much closer to therapeutic nicotine replacement products.
“Some e-cigarette users were dependent on nicotine-containing e-cigarettes, but these products were less addictive than tobacco cigarettes,” according to Etter and Eissenberg. “E-cigarettes can be as or even less addictive than nicotine gum, which is not very addictive.”
Dependence levels in users of electronic cigarettes, nicotine gums, and tobacco cigarettes – Jean-Francois Etter and Thomas Eissenberg
4 – Vaping can help people quit smoking
At least three studies in 2017 alone support vaping as a viable way to reduce or quit cigarette use. These well-designed studies from the University of California-San Diego—surprisingly from one of the world’s anti-vaping powerhouses—used data from the US Census to show that vaping helps more smokers quit and that smokers who vape are successful at quitting more often.
“The use of electronic cigarettes was associated both with the high rate of individuals who quit smoking and at the population level; leading to an increase in the overall number of people quitting,” according to author Shu-Hong Zhu.
E-cigarette use and associated changes in population smoking cessation: evidence from US current population surveys – Shu-Hong Zhu, Yue-Lin Zhuang, Shiushing Wong, Sharon E Cummins, Gary J Tedeschi
5 – Vaping is NOT as bad for you as smoking
According to this study by a group of renowned British and American researchers, smokers who switch to vaping drastically reduce their health risks.
“Long-term use of nicotine replacement therapy and e-cigarettes, although not the concurrent use of nicotine replacement therapy or e-cigarettes with combustion cigarettes, is associated with markedly reduced levels of carcinogens and toxins found related to burning cigarettes,” they wrote.
Nicotine, Carcinogen, and Toxin Exposure in Long-Term E-Cigarette and Nicotine Replacement Therapy Users: A Cross-sectional Study – Lion Shahab, Ph.D.; Maciej L. Goniewicz, Ph.D.; Benjamin C. Blount, Ph.D.; Jamie Brown, Ph.D.; Ann McNeill, Ph.D.; K. Udeni Alwis, Ph.D.; June Feng, Ph.D.; Lanqing Wang, Ph.D.; Robert West, Ph.D
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