Published on August 24th, 2016 | by Jimmy Hafrey
That dreaded day that anti-vape advocates have been hoping would never come is finally here.
Late last week, WebMD reported on a new study that shows that e-cigarettes have significantly lower levels of carcinogens and other cancer-causing chemicals.
“This study suggests that smokers who completely switch to e-cigarettes and stop smoking tobacco cigarettes may significantly reduce their exposure to many cancer-causing chemicals,” lead author Maciej Goniewicz, who is an assistant professor of oncology at Roswell Park Cancer Institute in Buffalo, New York, said when it was published online in the Nicotine and Tobacco Research Journal.
The study focused on a group of 20 adults who have smoked daily for an average of 12 years. During the course of the experiment, which ran for two weeks, the group switched from traditional cigarettes to vaping. The milligram concentration in the closed-end vape pens used was approximately 1.5 mg, as reported by The Daily Caller.
The results were gauged using urine samples from all 20 participants at regular intervals throughout the duration of the experiment. The samples were then analyzed to show nicotine, bio-markers of carcinogens and other cancer-causing chemicals levels within the urine.
The Roswell Park findings, as the study is known, showed astonishing results: There were significant declines in 12 of the 17 carcinogen markers even though the nicotine levels remained the same.
“Our findings suggest that e-cigarette use may effectively reduce exposure to toxic and carcinogenic substances among smokers who completely switch to these products,” said study co-author Neal Benowitz, professor of medicine at the University of California, San Francisco, at the study’s release. He also added that “future research will help determine whether e-cigarettes reduce the risk of disease among dual users — those who both smoke and vape — and those who use electronic cigarettes for a long time.”
So what does this mean for vapers?
It means that vaping does actually have the ability to save the lives of smokers, even though anti-smoking advocates don’t want to hear that. It also shows that vaping is a safer alternative to smoking. And the urine tests show that the positive effects of switching from traditional smoking is very close to being immediate.
At the very least, smokers who switch to vaping can put an end to the carcinogens entering their body through cigarette smoke. It’s something to keep in mind while Big Tobacco continues its misinformation campaign.