Traditional Cigarettes

Vaping community is being constantly bombarded by any-vaping activists about the supposed dangers of electronic cigarettes, but they are simply not based on the science. Here are few recent studies proving that e-cigarettes are the safer alternative to smoking.

2014: A couple of studies show how effective vaping is.

Electronic cigarettes are effective for people wanting to quit cigarettes or smoke less, according to a December 2014 report by the Cochrane Collaboration. The analysts looked at thirteen scientific studies, two of which were clinical trials. They determined that, based on the available data, vapour products can be used to help people quit smoking.

Additionally, the report says e-cigarettes are safe. People are often skeptical about electronic cigarettes, especially because of the way they are being misinterpreted in mass media. The study disagrees. “[The authors] found: (a) no evidence of serious adverse events over the short or medium-term; and (b) no evidence that e-cigarette use makes smokers less likely to quit smoking,” explains American Vaping Association President Gregory Conley.

Another interesting study from 2014 asked over 2000 Canadian adults about their use of electronic cigarettes. The most amazing statistic was the number of former smokers who specifically pointed to vapour products as powerful. Three-quarters (76%) of people who had quit smoking said that electronic cigarettes were “very successful” in their efforts.

A somewhat less impressive number is the rate at which people wanting to quit smoking with vaping were able to entirely quit tobacco: 24%. However, other studies show higher rates of success; which Conley notes is because e-cigarettes with nicotine are not completely legal in Canada, so vaping is typically less successful for quitting. Success also rises when people are serious about trying the strategy. For instance,  seven out of ten people who use ecigs 20 times or more per day (a comperable amout of smoking traditional cigarettes) are able to completely quit, according to a 2001 peer-reviewed study from the American Journal of Preventive Medicine.

The evidence that vaping works better than alternatives just keeps piling up. “A study from the Addiction journal found that, in the real world, smokers who choose vaping are about twice as likely to quit as those using products like the nicotine gum or patch,” notes Conley. That’s part of the reason vaping has become so popular, with 700,000 former smokers using e-cigarettes, according to a poll by the nonprofit Action on Smoking & Health (ASH).

Conley believes this research shows that public health officials are too often taking the wrong side of the issue. For example, the CDC’s National Youth Tobacco Survey reported that middle and high schoolers were using just as much tobacco in 2015 as they were in 2011. It’s really a harmful and kind of bizarre political statement. Why? The only way the agency is getting that statistic is by lumping electronic cigarettes in with traditional cigarettes, even though the former never contains tobacco and often doesn’t contain nicotine.

2013: E-Cigarettes Are Safe 

The chemicals that are in e-cigarettes should not be considered a health threat either to people using them or to non-vapers (see Study Finds Vaping Indoors Unlikely To Harm Non-Vapers) , according to a study by Drexel University public health professor Igor Burstyn.

Dr. Burstyn and his research team looked at a massive amount of data, a total of 9000 observations on e-liquids and the nature of vapour. Through this intensive analysis, Burstyn concluded that the quantities of carcinogens associated with e-cigarette use are trace amounts that do not present a danger. “Additionally, there is no health risk to bystanders,” adds the Consumer Advocates for Smoke-free Alternatives (CASAA).  “Proposals to ban e-cigarettes in places where smoking is banned have been based on concern there is a potential risk to bystanders, but the study shows there is no concern.”