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Study from British American Tobacco Compares Cigarette Smoke and E-Cigarette Vapour

Posted 8th Oct 2016 to Vaping News


BAT Study of Vaping



A recent study conducted by British American Tobacco analysed toxicant levels in e-cigarette vapour compared to toxicant levels in cigarette smoke.


Previous studies have focused on a broad identification of the toxicants in e-cigarette smoke, where this study used independent laboratories for a comparative analysis of 142 specific compounds, including:


  • Carbon/nitrogen oxides

  • Carbonyls/dicarbonyls

  • Alcohols/di-alcohols

  • Phenols

  • O-heterocycles

  • Chlorinated dioxins/furans

  • Volatile, substituted and, polynuclear aromatic hydrocarbons

  • Amides

  • Azines

  • Aromatic and aliphatic amines

  • Nicotine & related compounds

  • Nitrosamines

  • Metals and radionuclides


The reductions in toxicants between e-cigarette vapour and tobacco smoke was 99% for WHO and FDA truncated lists of toxicants, and 92% for the full FDA list.


Should this study be taken seriously from a tobacco company?


It’s clear that e-cigarettes have proven to be a popular product which are cutting into tobacco sales. This test and BAT’s introduction of the vaping hardware used in the study signal its awareness of this, and we can likely expect to see further well-funded studies from BAT to support its pivot to support of vaping. However, both the vaping community and the government will look askance at any studies coming from a tobacco company given their role as purveyors of tobacco products.


Other studies which have come from more reputable sources have already proven that vaping is 95% more safe than smoking cigarettes; while it’s good to have further scientific evidence of the safety of vaping, the source as an interested corporate entity must be considered. It is true that the study is the most comprehensive chemical analysis of e-cigarette vapour constituents to date, which is very helpful to the scientific - and vaping - community. It can be hoped that a similar study will be conducted by a more reputable institution.


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