Scientists compare e-cig vapour and cigarette smoke in a lab

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Health experts have been saying for years that they don’t know enough about e-cigarettes to judge whether they are beneficial or not. As some public places are suggesting that vaping should be banned, it is clear that the health effects of e-cigarettes should be more widely studied. What the general public is not told, however, is that we already know more about e-cigarettes than has been reported, due to hundreds of studies which have been conducted into the health impact of e-cigarettes. The results weigh heavily on the side of e-cigarettes as one of the most beneficial tools for quitting traditional cigarettes.

A recent study, for example, compared the toxins which are found in electronic cigarette vapour to that found in traditional cigarette smoke. In a lab, scientists measured HPHCs, harmful particles produced when smoking. These include Carbon Monoxide, metals, phenolics, carbonyls, polyaromatic amines, volatiles, polyaromatic hydrocarbons, and tobacco specific nitrosamines. Although they had begun the experiment believing that they would find similar levels of toxins and damaging pollutants, their final results are very different.

The scientists took smoke samples from two types of e-cigarettes, Blue e-cigs and SKY e-cigs, and smoke samples two popular cigarette brands, Lambert & Butler and Marlboro Gold. When compared scientifically, the results were shocking. The experiment showed that smoke from cigarettes is about 1500 times more poisonous than the vapour from e-cigarettes. In the experiment, the pollutant levels in e-cigarette vapour was considered to be virtually identical with the lab’s air. This means that, in certain circumstances, inhaling vapour from an e-cigarette could be little different from breathing in air from a room.

The experiment was devised to test how many puffs of air it took to produce a measurable amount of pollutants. The Blu e-cig took 99 puffs to make only 0.10mg of HPHCs. The Marlboro Gold cigarette, on the other hand, took a single puff to produce 30.6mg. This was calculated as the traditional cigarette producing 2000 times more toxins produced in puff-by-puff comparisons with the e-cigarette.

Readers can see that, in a scientific setting, the differences between traditional cigarettes and e-cigs are very clear. Electronic cigarettes are nowhere near as toxic as traditional cigarettes, and the inhaled vapour from the former can be similar to air. E-cigarette vapour has been shown to only contain vegetable glycerin, propylene glycol, and a small amount of nicotine and flavourings. This is a considerable change from the heavily toxic cigarette smoke which carries carcinogens and chemicals that have been linked to heart disease, cancer, stroke and a variety of fatal diseases.

So when readers hear that health experts don’t know enough to say whether e-cigs are more beneficial than traditional cigarettes, they can now point them towards this study. With scientific results such as these, e-cigarettes are clearly the best choice for those wanting to give up smoking. Will you make the change now you know these scientific findings?

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