What Happens When Scientists Compare Cigarette Smoke and Ecig Vapor in the Lab? What Happens When Scientists Compare Cigarette Smoke and Ecig Vapor in the Lab?

As more and more public places move towards vaping bans, a lot of health experts say that we just don’t know enough about electronic cigarettes to allow them. But the truth is that we know more than the mainstream media is telling you. In fact, there have been hundreds of studies conducted on how electronic cigarettes impact your health and the results are staggeringly falling in favor of ecigs as a beneficial tool for smoking cessation.

One of the latest studies looked at the actual toxins found in ecig vapor compared to the toxins found in cigarette smoke. Scientists measured harmful particles (HPHCs) and specifically looked for carbon monoxide, carbonyls, phenolics, volatiles, metals, tobacco-specific nitrosamines, polyaromatic amines, and polyaromatic hydrocarbons. While they might have expected to find a lot of damaging pollutants, the results were actually quite different.

After testing vapor from Blu ecigs, and SKY cigs along with smoke from Marlboro Golds and Lambert & Butler cigarettes, the differences were shocking. The cigarette smoke was 1500 times more toxic than the ecig vapor. In fact, ecig vapor was almost identical to room air in its level of pollutants. Inhaling a puff from an ecig was virtually the same as just breathing regular air.

In order to generate a measurable number of toxins, the scientists had to use 99 puffs of the Blu electronic cigarette and then they only found 0.18 milligrams of HPHC’s. It only took one puff of a Marlboro Gold cigarette to measure 30.6 milligrams. Essentially, the Marlboro cigarette smoke had 2000 times more toxic chemicals than the Blu ecig in a puff by puff comparison.

It seems that when you look at electronic cigarettes in a lab setting, the differences are crystal clear. Ecigs are no where near cigarettes and the vapor that ecig users inhale is not much different than regular air. Ecig vapor only contains propylene glycol, vegetable glycerin, and a tiny amount of flavorings and nicotine. It’s a huge change from cigarette smoke that is heavily laden with chemicals and carcinogens that can cause cancer, heart disease, stroke, and ultimately death.

The next time you hear someone say that there is no proof that ecigs are better than cigarettes, point them to this study. You just can’t argue with scientific findings like these. Ecigs are clearly the winner. Have you made the switch to vaping yet?


Katie Bercham - CocktailNerd Editor

Katie actually had a negative first experience of electronic cigarettes, picking up a cheap and horrible model from my local mall. Thanks to a chance meeting with co-editor David, she hasn’t had a tobacco cigarette in over 5 years. She brings a strong female voice to the e-cig community.