Are e-cigarettes safer than tobacco? New study fires up debate


Research Source- UK Cancer Council

Smokers who switch to e-cigarettes can substantially reduce their intake of toxic chemicals and carcinogens, a new study reports —  but only if they completely quit smoking tobacco.

“Our study shows that bodily level exposure to established and important smoking-related carcinogens and toxicants is reduced by between 56 percent to 97 percent in long-term e-cigarette users who have stopped smoking completely, compared with tobacco cigarette smokers,” said lead researcher Lion Shahab.

Smokers who switched entirely to e-cigarettes cut their intake of toxins and carcinogens as much as those who quit smoking by using nicotine replacements like the patch, gum or lozenges, said Shahab. He is a senior lecturer at University College London in England.

The study was funded by Cancer Research UK.

Experts not involved with the study offered a number of different views on the findings.

E-cigarette advocates said the research proves that the devices can help save lives by steering people away from traditional tobacco smoking.

“This study should serve as a wake-up call to tobacco control activists who have spent the past eight years spewing hostile and outright incorrect rhetoric towards vapor products,” said Gregory Conley, the president of the American Vaping Association.

Smokers continue to smoke because “they’ve been misled to believe that vaping may be as hazardous as smoking,” Conley continued


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