Study of E-Cigs Reveal Truth in Advertising


Vaping Studies

As a relatively new product in an industry rife with criticism, electronic cigarettes have been dismissed by many as being identical to their analog counterparts, that is to say, wholly unsafe for consumers. However, this sudden judgement flies in the face of the logic behind e-cigarettes, as strongly suggested by a recent study by Drs. Rana Tayyarah and Gerald A. Long. Published in Regulatory Toxicology and Pharmacology, Volume 70, Issue 3, their study tested machine puffed electronic and analog cigarettes against ambient air. Along with the vapor and smoke, they examined the composition of e-liquids, and were able to ascertain the presence, or lack thereof, of harmful and potentially-harmful constituents (HPHC). Their results are available online, and the summary is generally unsurprising.

The Findings

The e-liquids examined contained humectants to keep them moist, glycerin and/or propylene glycol, water, nicotine, and flavoring. The vapor produced by them naturally maintained the same composition. Compared to cigarette smoke, the e-cigarettes tested were down 1500 times the amount of HPHCs, a level comparable to that of the air blanks they also tested against. In simple terms, the chemical composition of the tested e-cigarettes completely lacked any significant amount of harmful chemicals, to the point that their vapor was comparable to air. That applies not only for people who are inhaling it firsthand, but people nearby. The chemicals that stigmatized smoking and impacted the health of millions are simply not necessary for e-cigarettes.


Lacking such chemicals has benefits across the board. No combustion means no damage to vapers’ sense of smell. People can vape indoors without staining their furniture, upholstery, or their teeth and fingernails. The significant reduction in HPCHs means less long term health risks, and an overall cleaner feeling. Tayyarah and Long’s research strongly supports e-cigarettes as safe products for consumers. Vaping has unjustly been hit with smoking’s stigmas, but is not just on a conceptual but chemical level, fundamentally different.

Is Vaping the Future of Nicotine?

Tayyarah and Long’s findings aren’t unprecedented, as other studies before theirs have produced identical results. Because e-cigarettes don’t need combustion for their delivery method, they’re able to avoid using the absurd amount of chemicals that go into regular tobacco products. As a result, the composition of e-liquids used are relatively simple and less dangerous for consumers and bystanders alike.

Most smokers enjoy the burn of smoking, but what really keeps them going is nicotine. Nicotine itself, while addictive, is not extremely dangerous and even has some neurological benefits. The studies on e-cigarettes continue to prove that they are the safer, more responsible way to enjoy nicotine, and may one day change “Big Tobacco” for good.

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