Latest Study Confirms Low Cancer Risk for Vaping
Despite significant distortions from some members of the mainstream media, and outright fear-mongering from conflicted parties, objective, scientific research confirms what most vapers have long suspected – vaping is considerably less harmful than analog cigarette e smoking.
Dr. William Stephens of the University of St. Andrews in Scotland conducted a new study measuring the cancer potentials among several enthusiast products – multiple e-juice vapors, heat-not-burn alternatives, and traditional tobacco materials. Dr. Stephens standardized the unit measurements for both vapor and smoke emissions, thereby creating an apples-to-apples comparison.
The end result of the study represented extraordinary news for vaping enthusiasts. Under proper usage of vaporizers, vaping’s cancer risk is less than 1% compared to traditional cigarette smoking. Factoring in alternative solutions such as nicotine replacement therapies or nicotine gums or patches, vaping has similar or even lower cancer risk.
The one caveat to the report is that vaporizing at temperatures beyond recommended levels (ie. dry hits) results in the production of excess aldehydes. However, this is a well-known consequence of vaping beyond established tolerances. This is the reason why all reputable vaping manufacturers and retailers provide clear and explicit instructions on proper procedures.
Acting outside of protocol is a personal choice, and the risks of such choices should not impugn vaping integrity, which rightly assumes that all vapers will follow established safety guidelines.
Growing Health Consensus Towards Vaporizers
Over the years, vaping enthusiasts strongly asserted the health benefits of e-cigarettes over its analog cousin. E-cigarette devices produce liquid vapor particles. No evidence exists that such liquid-based vapor particles can become wedged into the lungs and arteries. Instead, vapors are absorbed into the bloodstream and are exited out through normal, biological measures.
Furthermore, ignoring vaping’s health benefits over tobacco products is akin to ignoring basic chemistry. Cigarettes are heated utilizing the process of combustion. However, according to thermodynamic principles, complete combustion is almost impossible to achieve – certainly, complete combustion is practically impossible for cigarette smokers.
That presents a critical dilemma for advocates of the traditional smoking platform. Incomplete combustion results in un-burnt byproducts, such as carbon monoxide, hydrogen, and “pure” carbon in the form of soot or ash. The resulting smoke emission is, by default, toxic due to the presence of un-burnt or partially oxidized materials.
The key takeaway for traditional cigarettes is that they produce physically tangible byproducts (the un-burnt or partially oxidized materials). These byproducts do in fact lodge themselves in the lungs, airways, and bloodstream. Cancerous growth and other harmful substances arise from these foreign elements.
In sharp contrast, e-cigarettes completely vaporize their e-liquid content or other flavor mediums. This results in pure translation of e-liquid flavors, with little to no chemical byproducts. The critical difference again lies in the oxidization process. Analog cigarettes partially burn their materials, whereas e-cigarettes completely vaporize theirs.
Objective, scientific research concluded that vaporizers leave virtually none of the common byproducts of cigarettes, which include the poisonous carbon monoxide, in addition to other exotic chemicals like formaldehyde.
Dr. Michael Siegel of Boston University wrote that the latest cancer-risk assessment for vaporizers “should put to rest any doubt within the tobacco control movement about whether vaping greatly reduces health risk compared to smoking.”
Dr. Siegel further asserted: Numerous anti-tobacco groups and health departments have repeatedly asserted that vaping is no less hazardous than smoking, but this claim is false, and the present study adds significantly to the already substantial evidence that vaping is orders of magnitude safer than smoking.
Vaping and its Political Tailwinds
This latest affirmation of the vaping industry is aligned with recent political and societal tailwinds. A few weeks ago, the FDA announced a deadline extension for federal vaporizer product oversight. Initially, the FDA proposal, which called for a costly approval application process for most currently available vaporizers, was scheduled for a compliance deadline in August of 2018. Under the new schedule, the compliance date is set out for August 2022.
The favorable ruling provides the FDA and federal agencies more time to objectively research the health benefits of vaping, as compared to analog smoking. Given the tremendous momentum within the scientific community, it appears only a matter of time that the FDA would come to the same or similar conclusion.
Plenty of evidence abounds. Not only did the schedule extension dramatically boost vaporizer manufacturers, it veritably capsized
Big Tobacco. Publicly-traded stocks of several leading tobacco companies saw their valuation gutted after the FDA announcement. Clearly, this was a left hook that the vaping opposition didn’t see coming.
Big Tobacco should probably buckle up for more pain. Health and anti-tobacco advocacy groups routinely attack cigarette manufacturers, but have largely left vaporizers alone. Attacking the digital platform goes against established medical science. Additionally, anti-tobacco lobbyists have a natural ally in the vaping community. After all, their desired end goal – to eliminate the practice of smoking – align with that of the vaporizer industry.
On a bigger scale, the e-cigarette movement represents a business and economic revolution. Vaping revenues have exploded skyward since the industry’s first real introduction. An increasing number of people are not only vapers, but are either vape employees, or have initiated vaping-related businesses.
To ignore this financial synergy would be a crime under any presidential administration, especially one that touts business acumen. Furthermore, American companies are by far among the greatest innovators within vaping. The vape culture is rapidly ingraining itself globally. The government would be insane not to leverage home-court advantage.
Ultimately, the political tailwinds affirm what so many vapers have known intuitively – vaping is an effective, health-based alternative to the dangerous practice of tobacco smoking.