Whatever side of the argument you fall under, studies show how vaping could be far less dangerous than smoking.
It’s not rocket science. Smoking burns tobacco which is full of carcinogens whilst vaping simply heats up water vapour. When you think about it like this it should seem pretty clear how it could be better for you. With many studies out there on both sides of the argument, one which came out recently seems to be strongly in favour of vaping as a positive. This study shows the facts of how vaping could be far less dangerous, on an aerosol level, than smoking is and has the data to back it up. Whether you’re an ex-smoker thinking about investing in a new Ecig mod or just worried about the damage a habit could cause, then this study and many more should put your mind at ease.
Dr Mauro Scungio is a scientist working at the University of Cassino, a highly prestigious Italian University which has been undergoing research into the roles of vape devices in regards to health and the environment, will have her findings published in the highly regarded Journal of Aerosol Science in January of 2018. This is a big win for vape enthusiasts, providing that the findings and the evidence are backed up in 2018, when the evidence of her research is made public.
Why was the study undertaken?
The scientists involved in the Cassino experiment were worried about the potential for vape liquids to give off ultrafine particles when vaped in high concentrations. These articles, when either vaped deliberately or passively could have serious carcinogenic and toxic effects on the subject. This, they worried was due to the additives and chemicals, including formaldehyde, within vape liquids. The worry was that as more and more people took up vaping, these problems would become far more prevalent if they weren’t either grounded in fact or dispelled as false. This therefore meant that studies like the one undertaken by Dr Scungio, became ever more important.
How was it done?
The experiment used a focus group to explore the behaviours of Italian vapers and smokers to explore behaviour and to gain an understanding of modern behaviours using the literature which is available today on the subject. On top of this, the study aimed to look at vaping on a more physical and chemical level, exploring the effects that the actual chemical makeup of the vapour has. This was done using data from the particulate matter using its surface area and concentrated mass as a focal point. Then the study amassed and found the risks which any hazardous compounds found within could be capable of.
What the study showed
There is a reason that the study is to be published in the Journal of Aerosol Science, and that is that the main focal point was not on the human body but the chemicals in the air. Of course, this would directly affect the human body if ingested and so by association this was a study on health risks. What the study concluded was that the vapour by product of ecigarettes des contain these harmful substances, but in such small doses that they are completely harmless. Unlike tobacco smoke which contains over 300 carcinogens, vape smoke contains chemicals such as formaldehyde in such small doses that they cause very little harm to the human body. This led to the study concluding that vapour from vape devices was 5,700 times less dangerous than cigarette smoke on an objective aerosol level.
What this means
When the work is published early next year, vape critics will no doubt be robbed of yet another piece of propaganda to use against the new smoking cessation phenomenon. This means that organisations such as the NHS and even environmental agencies can use this data to show just how the world could be changed by vaping. With less carcinogens and less of a strain on the environment due to the street trash created by ungainly cigarette butts and wasted paper, vape companies and ecig stores will have another ball in their court. This being said, there is plenty more research to be done, and it may take years to build up a reliable base of research which shows the benefits of vaping.