A leading medical publication based in Dallas, Texas, is publicly endorsing vaping as a less harmful alternative to smoking, especially regarding the health risks associated with lung cancer. Since the rise in popularity of vaping in the past decade, many medical professionals are fearful of throwing their support behind the movement. With public health agencies like the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA), the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), and the U.S. Surgeon General refusing to acknowledge e-cigs as a safer and more effective smoking cessation device, doctors and nurses are understandably confused.
Is vaping safe? Or is it not?
Just last month, Lung Disease News published an article entitled,E-Cigarettes Carry Much Less Risk of Lung Cancer Than Cigarette Smoke, Study Finds. The article cites new scientific research out of the United Kingdom which suggests that the vapor from electronic cigarettes is as much as 99 percent less carcinogenic than the smoke from combustible tobacco cigarettes.
“They looked at published analyses of emissions to generate cancer-risk figures for a number of nicotine-delivering aerosols, including cigarettes, e-cigarettes, heat-not-burn, and medicinal nicotine inhalers. To compare risk across the aerosols, they then came up with a measuring device called inhalation unit risk. They defined it as the risk of developing cancer per unit of chemical inhaled.”
“The team coupled inhalation unit risk with smokers’ estimated daily consumption to arrive at final risk figures.”
“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.”
The U.K. vaping study by scientists of the University of St Andrews is entitled, Comparing the cancer potencies of emissions from vapourised nicotine products including e-cigarettes with those of tobacco smoke, and it is published on the BMJ Tobacco Controlwebsite.
Both the U.S. and U.K. researchers warn that these reductions in carcinogenic levels can only be achieved if vapers use the e-cig devices properly and at the recommended temperature levels. This information is particularly interesting because so much of the prior research conducted by anti-tobacco groups has been called into question by leaders in the scientific community in the past. In many previous vaping studies, the researchers have been known to intentionally crank up the heat to excessively high and unrealistic temperatures, which negatively skews the results against vaping as a safe and effective smoking cessation tool. Lung Disease News is taking a very forward-thinking and courageous stance by ignoring agencies like the CDC and the FDA and by finally endorsing vaping.