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New Study Proves Vapers Quitting Smoking Reduce Exposure to Chemicals

Posted 18th Aug 2016 to Vaping News

 

Study on vaping finds much less harmful than smoking

 

Up until now, common sense has told us that since there are less chemicals and compounds in electronic cigarettes than there are in tobacco cigarettes, exposure to carcinogens and toxicants for vapers is much lower than tobacco cigarettes. While Public Health England concluded that vaping was less harmful than smoking by 95%, this was done by an independent review and not a scientific study.

 

That study has now been done, and it proves what common sense has been telling us all along - vaping is orders of magnitudes less harmful than smoking.

 

Study findings and methods

 

The study was just published in Oxford University Press’ Nicotine & Tobacco Research Journal. It can be viewed in its entirety here. It is the result of research at Roswell Park Cancer Institute, in Buffalo, New York. Twenty smokers were given pen-style ecigarettes to vape in an attempt to quit. After two weeks, 45% of the smokers reported complete abstinence, while 55% continued to smoke. Of those who quit, biomarkers for carcinogens and other toxicants found in cigarette smoke had decreased significantly, while nicotine levels remained roughly the same.

 

Implications of the study

 

The major implications of this study are twofold – one, that it is the first study which proves that vapers are significantly reducing harm from tobacco cigarettes by switching to vaping. The second implication is that ecigarettes are an effective way to quit smoking; although the sample size for the study was small, 45% complete abstinence is a huge number.


The lead author of the study is Maciej Goniewicz, PhD, PharmD, Assistant Professor of Oncology in the Department of Health Behavior at Roswell Park Cancer Institute. He was quoted in this article as saying:

 

“This study suggests that smokers who completely switch to e-cigarettes and stop smoking tobacco cigarettes may significantly reduce their exposure to many cancer-causing chemicals.”

 

Goniewicz followed up by cautioning, as most in the scientific community do, that the long-term effects of vaping must be studied, but that the data show that ecigarettes are worthy of serious consideration as a tobacco harm reduction method.

 

Good vaping studies don’t get as much press

 

It’s important to note that studies like this one which put ecigarettes in a positive light don’t make for the snappy headlines that studies negative on vaping do. So far, the only press that’s picked up on the study has been Buffalo’s NPR station (the American equivalent to the BBC) – since Buffalo is where Roswell Park Cancer Institute is located.

 

 

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