According to the respected medical news outlet, Lung Disease News, vaping is much safer than smoking and even heat-not-burn devices.
The battle over vaping rights has been ongoing for almost as long as modern vaporizers have been on the market. Supporters point to a growing pile of peer-reviewed evidence which suggest not only is vaping an effective harm reduction tool, but also an invaluable smoking cessation tool as well. At the same time, anti-vapers spread fear-based stories about the impact of e-cigarettes on non-smoking teens, despite a lack of large scale evidence connecting the two. Unfortunately, the majority of mainstream media has gone with the latter and demonized e-cigarettes at every opportunity. Luckily respected academics are stepping in where journalists are failing. In fact, Lung Disease News has been extremely clear about their preference to vaping over smoking, and even heat not burn devices.
2019 has been called a “make or break” year for the industry by some experts. Many cite increasing pressure from legislatures a primary factor behind this impression. This year has already seen a few seismic changes in the fight, including the resignation of FDA commissioner Dr. Scott Gottlieb. However, many experts are hopeful continued support from LDN and other academic sources will help to gradually shift momentum in favor of the vaping community.
For several years now, LDN has been a staunch supporter of vaping compared to smoking. A press release issued back in mid-2017 took an in-depth look at the evidence for and against vaping to provide the best possible picture of the actual impact. Even back when it was first published, the disconnect between academics and the general public was enough of an issue to be discussed by researchers. A significant portion of their review looked at a report from the University of St. Andrews which compared the toxicants and associated cancer risk of different types of aerosol, including cigarette smoke, heat-not-burn vapor, and e-liquid vapor.
After collecting and analyzing all their data, the team concluded e-liquid vapor was by far the safest. The LDN release said, “each of the aerosols had different cancer potencies, they discovered. Cigarette smoke had the highest potency. Most e-cigarettes had cancer potencies that were less than 1 percent of cigarette smoke, although a small minority had much higher potency than the others.” Like several other researchers, the team concluded any significant fluctuations are most likely caused by unrealistic testing conditions, such as more than excessive heat.
Vaping Vs. Smoking
It’s not that hard to understand why LDN and other respected sources support vaping once you take a look at the independent evidence. One of the most common reasons given against widespread acceptance of vaping is the impact they could have on our youth. Parents are worried non-smoking teens are attracted to vaping, and even worse, are likely to end up full-blown smokers. Fortunately, the research we have paints a very different picture. In fact, a report of over 60,000 students by Action on Smoking and Health concluded only between 0.1% and 0.5% of non-smoking teens are ever picking up a vape more than once or twice. It makes sense too, as instead of attracting people to smoke more, vaping has been shown to be the single most effective smoking cessation tool we have at our disposal.
We haven’t even discussed the further evidence we have supporting the harm reduction value of e-cigarettes. All the way back in 2015, we got our first major report which concluded vaping is at least 95% safer than continued smoking. While that report was a massive game-changer at the time, these days we often get similar results. A study published only a few months back concluded the toxicants in vapor are 93% lower than in cigarette smoke. But perhaps most importantly, a report from the Journal of Aerosol Sciences found the excess lifetime cancer risk of a vaper is about 57,000 times lower than a demographically similar smoker.
The public perception of vaping will always be a crucial issue for the community. The fewer people who understand why making a switch to vaping is essential, the fewer smokers who will give it a try. Endorsements from LDN and other reputable sources are important, but they’re not everything. Each and every one of us has the power to help fight for vaping rights. By working to spread the word about vaping to others, or by sending a message to your local representative, you can have a more substantial impact on the future of vaping than you probably think. If we want to protect our vaping rights into the indefinite future, we must ban together and teach those around us what we stand to gain.
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