Vaping has become a worldwide phenomenon growing rapidly as a legitimate smoking cessation tool. We are all aware of the health risks that smoking cigarettes, cigars, and other traditional tobacco products can cause. Vaping however, can be done with either nicotine or nicotine-free e-liquid to help ease the pain and stress of quitting smoking for good. The popularity of vaping has caused researchers to begin digging around once again to find the safest method to use when quitting smoking. This could come in the form of vaping, nicotine patch, pills, nicotine gum, and more. Let’s take a look at some recent studies done in the UK to find out more about what data is being analyzed.
Cochrane Group Research
A recent article published by Vapes.com said “The Cochrane Group is based in the United Kingdom and focusses on providing medical professionals with guidance in making better decisions regarding patient care. With the surge in popularity of electronic cigarettes in recent years, more and more smokers are turning to their physicians for advice. According to a new study, vaping is definitely an option worth considering.”
Since vaping is relatively new, it has been through a lot of criticism since there is minimal research or testing that has been done focusing on the potential health risks of vapor and e-liquid. Although the Cochrane Group has admitted that further research is required on the subject to fully vet the health concerns of vaping, studies are concluding there are initial benefits to claim vaping a safe method to quit smoking.
The Cochrane Group published a report on a placebo style study with scientific based principles with primary research coming from Italy and New Zealand. They determined that vaping with nicotine did in fact increase the long-term chances of quitting smoking compared to zero-nicotine e-liquid. With over 662 smokers from the studies they claim that “none of the 662 smokers from the two studies exhibited any increased health risks as a result”.
Electronic cigarettes and vaping have continued to gain popularity over the last few years which has raised flags to the question: Is vaping a safe option to use as a smoking cessation tool? According to the United Kingdom based Cochrane Group the answer to that question is: Yes, it is definitely an option worth considering.
University of St. Andrews Research
In another UK based study, scientists from the University of St. Andrews published a new e-cigarette study indicating that vaping can be as much as 99% less carcinogenic than smoking. This study confirms one key detail. Research in the past has been criticized by vapors for potentially raising the heat on their vaping device, which would increase levels of carbonyls. This recent study was certain to pay attention to this minor yet very important detail when it comes to accurate vaping studies.
Here is what they found:
“The aerosols form a spectrum of cancer potencies spanning five orders of magnitude from uncontaminated air to tobacco smoke. E-cigarette emissions span most of this range with the preponderance of products having potencies<1% of tobacco smoke and falling within two orders of magnitude of a medicinal nicotine inhaler; however, a small minority have much higher potencies. These high-risk results tend to be associated with high levels of carbonyls generated when excessive power is delivered to the atomiser coil.”
This study not only analyzed the carcinogenic risks of vaping and smoking, but with the Heat-not-Burn (HnB) technology which though new, shows promise of being less carcinogenic than smoking but not quite as much as e-cigarette vapor. “The UK scientists used samples of a prototype HnB device and found that it has lower cancer potencies than tobacco smoke but unfortunately higher than most e-cigarettes.”
Vaping has become a controversial subject for study nowadays as more and more alternatives to cigarette smoke enter the marketplace. The big question still remains: is vaping safer than smoking cigarettes? If it was my opinion it is a unanimous yes, but these questions are still being actively researched and studies to come up with better results surrounding the long-term impacts.
What we do know is that smoking cigarettes has proven far more harmful and has taken too many lives. Smoking cigarettes impacts so many areas of your health that we must find a safer alternative for those that desire to quit and lead healthier lives.
We understand this no easy task, but realize that it must be done for the sake of our long-term health. Research is leading us to believe that vaping is a safer, healthier smoking cessation tool. The long-term impacts appear to require a considerable amount more research before solid conclusions can be made but it is clear that vaping has less impact negative side effects on the body than smoking cigarettes.
Tobacco and nicotine are tough to quit, but it is possible. Consider your options before you make a decision and be sure to do a lot of research to find the most effective and safest method for you to quit smoking today.