In general, the UK seems to be leaps and bounds ahead of the United States in their acceptance of vaping as a method for quitting cigarettes. This is seriously benefitting their public health outlook, while the U.S. is taking time to warm up to idea of making the switch. The number of smokers in the UK fell from 20.1 percent to 17.2 percent and this is attributed to the popularity of e-cigarettes. Public Health England touts vaping as a healthier alternative to combustible smoking. They say that it “may be 95% safer than smoking tobacco.” Because they generally accept that vaping is safer, they don’t have the misconception that the U.S. does. Americans believe that vaping is just has harmful, if not more harmful, than traditional smoking.
65 percent of Americans believe vaping is harmful. But a new study released by Cancer Research UK, seriously discredits those beliefs. Cancer Research UK conducted a long term study which is the first of its kind. This study analyzed the effects of vaping “by looking at long-term human body-level exposure.” The study concluded that vaping is safer than smoking combustible cigarettes. Scientists looked at five groups. They were traditional smokers, former smokers who now vape, former smokers on NRTs, and current smokers who also vape. The last group may also use NRTs.
Cancer Research UK found that the NRT only and vaping only group had “significantly lower levels of carcinogens than combustible cigarette-only, smokers of both cigarettes and e-cigs, and smokers of cigarettes who are also NRT users.”
Scientists Conclude Vaping is Safer
The majority of traditional smokers die due to cancer and high levels of a chemical called NNAL causes cancer. Ex-smokers who now vape had levels of NNAL 99.7 percent lower than traditional smokers. Seemingly, this long-term study, the first of its kind, conclusively proves that vaping IS safer than cigarettes.
Lion Shahab, one of the scientists working on the study is quoted as saying:
“The take-home message for smokers and e-cigarette users is that using e-cigarettes long-term is likely to carry substantial health benefits. This is certainly in relation to cancer risk, compared with continued smoking. E-cigarettes are certainly safer than combustible cigarettes.”
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