Study Declares E-Cigarettes are 95 Percent Less Harmful than Tobacco
Since their inception and arrival into the market as an alternative to smoking traditional cigarettes, e-cigarettes and similar electronic vaping devices like advanced electronic personal vaporizers (mechanical vape MODs and regulated Box MODs) have been marketed as a safer alternative to tobacco. This initial assessment was mostly based on the fact that e-cigarettes are simply nicotine delivery systems that contain a mixture of Vegetable Glycerin (VG), Propylene Glycol (PG), flavoring, and nicotine in various percentages by volume (to know more about e-liquids, click on this link about vape juices).
Countless studies have been and are being conducted that assess this claim. One such study, conducted by Britain's Department of Health and reported world wide on Wednesday, August 19, finally took this claim and sought to evaluate its merits based on empirical evidence.
The findings of this government-funded study were astounding.
Not only does the study run counter to previous statements from a 2014 report by the World Health Organization that called for strict regulation, it also found that there was little evidence to support the counter assertion that vaping was increasing among individuals who had never smoked before. But these findings were only the tip of the iceberg.
While the study cautions that e-cigarettes may still contain risks, nearly all of the chemicals responsible for smoking-related diseases are absent in vapor and that the evidence clearly shows e-cigarettes carry merely a fraction of the harm that traditional cigarettes and tobacco cause. The study claims that e-cigarette use is 95% less harmful to one's health than tobacco.
The British Department of Health encouraged governments to emphasize the health benefits associated with making the switch to vaping and declared e-cigarettes as a low-cost means to end smoking in populations where cigarette use is prevalent.
Impartial and enlightening. Two words that adequately describe this new study. As always, more studies are paramount to clearing the smokey air revolving around the debate of e-cigarettes. But this one finally adds credence to the claim that e-cigarettes are useful in reducing the harm caused by traditional cigarettes and tobacco.