Despite continued attacks over second-hand vaping, the research shows it’s 99% safer than second-hand smoke.
Concerns over vaping have reached an all-time high in many places, as it becomes more prevalent in our day to day lives. Many parents and legislators are anxious the acceptance of vaping for harm reduction and smoking cessation purposes will lead to more teens picking up the habit, and eventually ending up full-blown smokers. Another concern which is gaining speed over the last couple of years centers around second-hand vapor. The mainstream media has continued to publish stories which compare the impact of second-hand vapor to second-hand smoke. Unfortunately, these comparisons are entirely off base and only further the misinformation circulating about e-cigarettes.
In fact, a new report once again highlights second-hand vapor, while failing even to mention the impact of much more dangerous cigarette smoke. This is muddying the waters further and making it much harder for smokers to understand why making a switch could be such a game-changer for their health and longevity. The result is a situation in which, instead of focusing on and supporting the extreme harm reduction and smoking cessation value of e-cigarettes, we’re actively undermining it.
A Clear Choice
So while fear over vaping remains incredibly high, we have more evidence now than ever which should encourage us about the fight moving forward. For instance, a report published in the BMJ Tobacco Control Journal made some fantastic conclusions about the impact of second-hand vapor. The team of researchers started by pumping 30 liters of either cigarette smoke, heat-not-burn vapor, or traditional e-liquid vapor into separate controlled environments to track and compare their toxicity. The team wanted to chart the levels of different chemicals found in the different substances, especially to determine if they exceed the specified threshold of safety.
After collecting all their data, the team reached some important conclusions about e-cigarettes vs tobacco. The overwhelming majority of their tests concluded second-hand e-cigarette vapor is more than 99% safer than second-hand smoke. They also found second-hand vapor from heat-not-burn devices to be around 90% safer than second-hand tobacco smoke. These findings significantly bolster any argument made in favor of vaping over smoking. Unfortunately, it hasn’t done enough to quell most fears among the government and media.
Outside Evidence For Vaping
One thing that has many in the vaping community optimistic about the future is the growing pile of peer-reviewed evidence supporting e-cigarettes. Looking deeper into the harm reduction value of vaping and we continue to see incredible improvements. For instance, a report published back in 2015 by Public Health England concluded vaping is about 95% safer than smoking. More recently we’ve gotten other studies which found the toxicants in vapor are around 93% lower than cigarette smoke. However, few things are more compelling that the report from the Journal of Aerosol Sciences which concluded the excess lifetime cancer risk of a smoker is about 57,000 times higher than a vaper with a similar history.
Looking past general harm reduction, and there’s still a strong case to be made for vaping. It’s looking more and more likely that vaping is the game-changing smoking cessation tool we’ve desperately needed for years now, especially with reports like that from the University of Louisville. A team of researchers tested all the most common smoking cessation tools and methods to determine the most likely to succeed. After collecting and analyzing all their data the team reported that not only is vaping an effective quit aid, but it’s more effective than anything else. Finally, we now believe the so-called teenage vaping “epidemic” is woefully overblown. A report of over 60,000 students concluded only between 0.1% and 0.5% of non-smoking teens are ever even picking up a vaporizer regularly.
The mainstream media is far too focused on vaping, and it gives a boost to Big Tobacco by comparison. Most stories about the dangers of vaping don’t even mention all risks of tobacco, let alone suggest vaping is the safer choice between the two. Smoking still kills more people every year than any other preventable cause. So we must support vaping if we’re ever going to end the tobacco epidemic once and for all. Getting more people to understand that vaping isn’t harmless, but nonetheless has incredible benefits to offer, is the most important thing we can do to secure and protect our vaping rights.
Did you know how much safer second-hand vapor is compared with second-hand smoke? What’s the most crucial part about vaping to you? How do you think we should work to support vaping to the smokers around us? Let us know what you think in the comments, and don’t forget to check back here or join our Facebook and Twitter communities for more news and articles.