There’s been some very interesting scientific and social studies taken recently into the vaping phenomena that are well worth taking a look at. So often it seems that any negative study based on the flimsiest sources makes front page news, yet those undertaken by some of the leading universities across the globe somehow get missed from making the sub-editors desk.
While research into e cigs is going to carry on for many more years to come, the overwhelming amount of the most recently published studies suggest that vaping is a positive trend that isn’t likely to make you drop dead in a pile of molten gunk. Here we’ll take a look at some of the most enlightening recent studies that help further the case for vaping as an alternative to tobacco, which lest we forget is estimated to have killed at least one billion people throughout the 20th century.
Perhaps the best place to start is with what our lords and masters think. Public Health England reckon that vaping is at least 95% less harmful than smoking; this despite 20% of the population believing that they are a health risk (hence many companies not allowing their indoor use). Likewise associated studies claim that the process of inhaling vapour is little different than those presented by household aerosols.
This adds further weight to a slightly older report from the Royal College Of Physicians that claimed – as I’m sure many readers will testify – that e cigs are a huge benefit in stopping people from smoking, and therefore should be rolled out by the NHS as a cessation device. Sadly what still appears to be a no-brainer is still being held up by scared politicians, more concerned about their polls than their constituents contracting cancer.
With the smooth comes the rough and there have been reports here and there about some studies – which have yet to be adequately repeated – appearing to show that in very high doses their appears to be some underlying potential for traces of formaldehyde to form within test apparatus. The fact that they used a device with the power of a hoover to blast through a bottle of liquid in a couple of minutes seems to have been neglected from their synopsis.
On the other hand social surveys are encouraging – as if he needed telling vaping helps people stop smoking better than any other method ever seen. People are generally tapering to lower strength e liquids – hence the recent growth in the number of 3mg e liquids hitting the market.
So on the whole despite the occasion loud-horn looking to make the papers the fact remains that current research stemming from major national studies are pointing towards vaping being if not in itself ‘healthy’, at least a damn sight better than smoking!