Vaping: 10 years of research and millions of lives in the balance

vapingSince it exploded on the global market in 2004, vaping has remained a controversial topic. A miracle for some, for others it is a source of potential danger. However, recent studies show that this cigarette substitute has little to no drawbacks in comparison.

The first electronic cigarette prototype appeared in 1927. Joseph Robinson holds the first patent on a device for medication inhalation. After a numbed of unsuccessful attempts to market the device throughout the 20th century, e-cigarettes as a cigarette substitute found a market in China in 2004.

This invention was first dismissed by the mainstream, even considered ridiculous. But as the consumer base grew, research professionals began to look into the potential health effects of vaping.  Independent laboratories, along with others funded by the tobacco industry, went on to reach contradictory conclusions. However, after a decade of research, results are converging.

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Recent studies have proven the positive impact of e-cigarettes

The year 2015 could have marked the death of e-cigs. A team of researchers at University of Portlant had published results indicating vaping was 5 to 15 times more toxic than tobacco smoke. A few months later, Greek health specialist and researcher Konstantinos Farsalinos concluded that the conclusions were based on false data.

In 2017, professor Robert West of the University College London performed an analytical study of urine and saliva in 200 volunteers. Those who vaped exclusively presented a rate of cancerous substances far below those of tobacco smokers.
The quantity of nitrosamines, which have been known to cause lung cancer, were measured at 97 % lower rates. This data indicates that vaping instead of smoking could significantly limit the risks of developing cancer.

A study published in the Tobacco Control journal indicated that a a wider adoption of vaping could save the lives of 6,6 million Americans by 2100. Today, in France, roughly a third of the population smokes. However, there have been no national awareness campaigns to incite smokers to quit by switching to vaping. Those who are against vaping believe this could lead to an increase in tobacco consumption, in particular for younger age groups. Yet, surveys show that 98 % of vaping enthusiasst are former smokers.

Jean-Pascal

Jean-Pascal is BlogVape’s resident scientist. As former medical journalist, he was able to quit smoking with e-cigarettes and hopes to inspire others to do the same.