The use of Electronic cigarettes (or e-cigs) has been on the rise over the last couple of years. In fact, they are widely marketed as the new and safer alternative to conventional cigarettes. But are they really safe? What does the FDA or the general population think about them? Can they help somebody quit smoking?
Well, while many people argue that they are just as harmful as real cigarettes, a recent study says otherwise. The study was done by a group of scientists funded by Cancer Research UK over a period of six months on a representative group of people. There were 181 participants, and these included people who had completely given up smoking cigarettes and switched to vaping, continual smokers, people who had started vaping or using nicotine replacement therapy such as nasal sprays and nicotine patches but had not quit smoking cigarettes as well as people who had quit smoking and switched over to nicotine replacement therapy.
The levels of toxins and carcinogens in the participants’ bodies were analyzed at the beginning of the study and after six months. The participants provided their urine and saliva samples for the study. The results of the study were published in a medical journal, Annals Of Internal Medicine.
According to the findings of the study, the levels of volatile organic compounds and a toxic chemical known as NAAL, which is known to cause lung cancer, in the bodies of the people who had completely given up smoking cigarettes and switched to either nicotine replacement therapy or vaping were found to have dropped significantly. On the other hand, the levels of NAAL and other toxins in the bodies of the continual smokers were still very high. For those who had started vaping or using nicotine replacement therapy but still did not give up smoking, the levels of carcinogens and toxins had dropped slightly but were still quite high.
The results of the study have cleared the air on the safety of using e-cigs as opposed to smoking real cigarettes. Some previous studies that have been done on the matter used simulated experiments and these led to the conclusion that smokers did not reduce their risks of developing respiratory conditions or cancer by switching over to vaping. However, this could not be further from the truth. The findings of the study are backed by the fact that e-cigs contain much lower amounts of nicotine than real cigarettes. The main problem that people face when they want to quit smoking is lack of an alternative way to deal with their cravings for nicotine. But e-cigs have been shown to be a safe alternative.
Smoking cigarettes cause many deaths all over the world, and of these, about 33% are caused by cancer. By switching to vaping, smokers can greatly reduce their chances of developing cancer as a result of smoking. Cigarette smoke contains tar, which has lots of impurities and toxins, and this is what makes it deadly. Vapor is much safer as it does not contain any tar, and this further explains the findings of the study. Smokers can, therefore, take steps to protect their health by going for the recommended safer alternatives.
There has been a lot of false information about the long-term effects of vaping, and this has resulted in confusion among smokers and ex-smokers as they do not know what to believe. The results of this study are proof that vaping is in fact much safer than smoking. People who completely give up smoking and switch to nicotine replacement therapy of vaping face much lower risks of suffering from respiratory conditions and cancers which are caused by smoking cigarettes. However, people who have not completely given up smoking cigarettes still face very high risks of developing these conditions. While more studies on the effects of e-cigs need to be done, the results of this study and the others that have been carried on the same topic cannot be dismissed. Going forward, the conversation is expected to shift in the direction that frames or perceives vaping as a potentially significant harm reduction tool. For more insights on vaping trends or latest information related to vaping, follow our blog, http://www.vapingreviews.org.