The vape industry is a victim of a lot of misinformation and exaggerated claims. We’ve linked a few articles on popular topics but encourage you to do your own research and come to an educated opinion.
The Government of Canada
“Vaping is less harmful than smoking. Many of the toxic and cancer-causing chemicals in tobacco and the tobacco smoke form when tobacco is burned. Vaping products do not contain tobacco and do not involve burning or produce smoke. Except for nicotine, vaping products typically contain a fraction of the 7,000 chemicals found in tobacco or tobacco smoke, and at lower levels. Switching from tobacco cigarettes to vaping products will reduce a person’s exposure to many toxic and cancer-causing chemicals. As a step towards quitting cigarettes, many smokers may go through a transition period when they use both cigarettes and vaping products. Studies have shown short-term general health improvements in those who have completely switched from smoking cigarettes to vaping products.
Public Health England Medical Assessment
“We all agree that e-cigarettes are significantly less harmful than smoking. One in two lifelong smokers dies from their addiction. All the evidence suggests that the health risks posed by e-cigarettes are relatively small by comparison but we must continue to study the long-term effects. “
“The current national evidence is that in the UK regular e-cigarette among youth use is almost exclusively confined to those young people who have already smoked, and youth smoking prevalence is continuing to fall. This is an area that we will continue to research and keep under closest surveillance. Since October 2015, regulations to protect children make it an offense to sell e-cigarettes to anyone under 18 or to buy e-cigarettes for them and the Tobacco and Related Products Regulations 2016 ban print and broadcast advertising of e-cigarettes as part of an extensive range of regulations.”
The Royal College of Physicans E-Cigarette Study
“…the hazard to health arising from long-term vapor inhalation from the e-cigarettes available today is unlikely to exceed 5% of the harm from smoking tobacco. Technological developments and improved production standards could reduce the long-term hazard of e-cigarettes. There are concerns that e-cigarettes will increase tobacco smoking by renormalizing the act of smoking, acting as a gateway to smoking in young people, and being used for temporary, not permanent, abstinence from smoking. To date, there is no evidence that any of these processes is occurring to any significant degree in the UK. Rather, the available evidence to date indicates that e-cigarettes are being used almost exclusively as safer alternatives to smoked tobacco, by confirmed smokers who are trying to reduce harm to themselves or others from smoking, or to quit smoking completely.”
Cancer Research UK
“We’ve shown that the levels of toxic chemicals in the body from e-cigarettes are considerably lower than suggested in previous studies using simulated experiments. This means some doubts about the safety of e-cigarettes may be wrong.
“Our results also suggest that while e-cigarettes are not only safer, the amount of nicotine they provide is not noticeably different from conventional cigarettes. This can help people to stop smoking altogether by dealing with their cravings in a safer way.”
“This study adds to growing evidence that e-cigarettes are a much safer alternative to tobacco, and suggests the long term effects of these products will be minimal.”
– Alison Cox, Cancer Research UK
Diacetyl in E-Juice (Popcorn Lung)
“Another study was just published in the journal Environmental Health Perspectives, by researchers from Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health. They evaluated the presence of diacetyl, acetyl propionyl, and acetoin in 51 cigarette-like products of different flavors. They found at least 1 of the chemicals in 92% of the samples, with 76% containing diacetyl. The authors recommend urgent action to evaluate the extent of diacetyl exposure from e-cigarettes.
Although I agree that we should know if e-liquids contain diacetyl and acetyl propionyl, I must note that the study has missed some very important points. One is the assessment of the levels found in their samples. The levels presented in Figure 2 are quite low, much lower than what we found in our study. In many cases, levels of these compounds are absolutely minimal, and it is NOT expected to raise any concerns about human health effects. Additionally, the authors FAILED to mention the presence of these compounds in tobacco cigarette smoke. This omission creates the impression that e-cigarettes are exposing users to a new chemical hazard, while in reality their exposure will be much lower compared to smoking.”
Second Hand Vapour
“The literature review included a study by Schober et al., the only study till now which found polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons (PAH) emitted to the environment from e-cigarette use. I submitted a letter to the editor concerning this study, in which I explained that a major methodological error was that they assessed baseline environmental levels on a separate day from the e-cigarette use, and provided references that PAH levels may change significantly between days or even within the same day. Moreover, some of the studies presented in the review assessed the content in exhaled e-cigarette aerosol in small glass chambers (8-10L volume), which of course is a very low volume compared to a volume of several m3 of a room where the exhaled aerosol is dispersed under realistic conditions.”
"Formaldehyde" in E-Cigs
“The formaldehyde study scandal conducted by researchers from Portland university is progressing, with the authors unwilling to admit their methodological and presentation mistakes, while they continue their effort to misinform the public and consider our case for retraction as an attempt to help the industry or to get money from the industry.”
Study Compilation (All Topics)
“Whether you are a smoker looking for a way to quit, a smoker who detests the taste and smell of analogs, someone who is worried about breathing in e-cigarette vapor, or someone who is wanting flavor and taste without the calories or allergens, the studies compiled below should help to alleviate any of your fears regarding the use of e-cigarettes and e-juice.”