A study of platelet function concluded that vaping does significantly less damage than smoking
It’s still very common to see misleading information about vaping spread like wildfire. Especially in the face of the FDA’s latest “blitz” against vaping, it’s not hard to find someone trying to make the case vaping is dangerous. Despite this, the majority of the peer-reviewed evidence published on the subject seems to indicate a massive benefit of switching from smoking to vaping. Many hope that this continued stream of positive information will ultimately change the tide currently working against e-cigarettes.
But for now, we still face plenty of opposition which aims to equate vaping with smoking, if not paint it as potentially more dangerous. Despite the fact smoking remains the leading cause of preventable death and disease around the globe, few legislators are floating the idea of outright smoking bans while vaping is continually inundated with new regulations. So while we work to weather the storm of anti-vaping rhetoric, we have yet another new study which highlights one of the many differences between vaping and smoking.
The team of researchers led by Dr. Cristina Nocella published their findings in the American Journal of Cardiology. They wanted to understand better the different cardiovascular risks facing vapers and smokers, as there is still a significant lack of detailed information. To do this, they enlisted the help of 40 participants, 20 smokers and 20 non-smokers, who were all matched for age and sex. Each participant was asked to smoke a conventional cigarette before returning a week later to use a vape with the same nicotine content. They took blood samples both before and after both tests and compared the results.
According to their data, smokers had significantly higher levels of several compounds which indicate lowered platelet function. After using either the cigarette or e-cigarette, these levels changed in both groups resulting in decreased functionality, but the change was far more dramatic when smoking. So much so that they concluded vaping has a far “less important impact” on cardiovascular health than smoking does. With more research like this, we can hopefully close the gap between what science tells us about vaping and what the public perceives.
Research On Vaping
This latest study is just another piece in the ongoing puzzle. We’ve known since at least 2015 thanks to Public Health England that vaping is at least 95% safer than smoking cigarettes. But it wasn’t until last fall that we had research which concluded the excess lifetime cancer risk of a vaper is around 57,000 times lower than a comparable smoker. We even have reason to believe vaping is the best smoking cessation tool out there, thanks to research published by the University of Louisville. The team tested all the most common smoking cessation tools and found that vaping was even more likely to lead to success than prescription drugs.
A study published by San Diego State University tested how vaping affects indoor air quality. They placed detectors in homes around the city, some which allowed smoking, some which only allowed vaping, and some which didn’t allow either. After collecting data for several weeks, the team concluded the air quality in the vaping homes was nearly identical to the air quality in the non-smoking or vaping homes. Unsurprisingly, the smoking homes had significantly lower air quality than the other two. These results have made a strong case that second-hand vaping is not a concern in the same way that second-hand smoke proved to be.
The more evidence we have on vaping, the better. Understanding the short and long-term effects of vaping should be a primary goal for everyone. While the vaping community is regularly backing and helping fund research on the impact of vapor, anti-vapers are content assuming it’s just as dangerous as smoking. What’s worse is legislators who are taking the easy way out and applying tobacco regulations to an entirely different substance. We should be more concerned with learning the truth than merely being right. The more questions we can answer about vaping, the more legitimacy it earns. If we genuinely want to help rid the world of smoking once and for all, we must be utilizing our best tools, not undermining them like vaping often is.
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