Vaping may not provide us with vitamins and nourishing minerals to sustain life, but it would suffice to say most of the noise surrounding this topic is just that – brouhaha. Well, we wanted to save you the trouble of looking it all up, trying to discern truth from fiction!
We have compiled a list of vaping facts supported by various studies conducted over the years. Here’s what you should know.
Second-hand Vapor has Nicotine, but it Lacks Combustible Toxins
Published by the Oxford Journal in December 2013, it involved an examination of the toxins that might be present in second-hand vapor. Scientists established that there are no combustion-related toxins present in vapor which also contains small quantities of nicotine.
However, it was agreed that more work needs to be done to determine whether there is any risk associated with second-hand nicotine exposure, a topic that still attracts divided opinion.
E-cigs do not stiffen the Arteries
This one was courtesy of Greek researchers from the Onassis Cardiac Surgery Center who compared the impact of e-cigs versus burners (traditional cigarettes) on heart function. Guess what they found out?
Two tobacco cigarettes will stiffen the aorta. E-cigarettes, on the other hand, made no difference to the aorta, and were not found to stiffen the arteries.
E-cigs have no Effect on the Oxygenation of the Heart
This one was courtesy of Dr. Konstantino Farsalinos who wanted to establish if vaping does indeed impact on oxygenation of the heart. The results were in the negative: e-ciggies do not affect oxygen supply and coronary circulation in general.
The findings would later make their way to the European Society of Cardiology Annual Congress that was held in Amsterdam in 2013.
E-liquid has no Adverse Effects on Heart Health
Scientists from the International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health studied the impact of e-liquids on heart cells.
They would go on to test 20 different e-liquids and the general consensus was that vapor had no negative effect on cardiac cells.
E-cigarettes are Effective in stopping Smoking and Inhibiting Relapse
One of the commonly misconstrued facts about vaping is whether electronic cigarettes can really help one quit smoking.
A team from the University of Geneva joined forces with University of Auckland researchers to study the impact of e-cigs on ex-smokers. The conclusion was that e-cigarettes could prevent former smokers from relapsing into the habit again, and they could effectively provide succor to current smokers to kick the habit.
Smoking is Deadly, and so is E-cig Regulation
Dr. Gilbert Ross is a medical and executive director of the American Council on Science and health.
He tabled a comprehensive report on e-cigs, and his conclusion was that you can use common sense to determine that e-cigarettes are much healthier than combustibles. He also noted that regulation of e-cigarettes could be a fatal decision for public health.
E-cigs are not a Gateway for Tobacco Abuse amongst Teens
Dr. Ted Wagener studied the impact of e-cig use on 1,300 college students.
The researcher from the University of Oklahoma Health Sciences Center found that only a single person who first used nicotine disguised as e-cigarettes later took to tobacco cigarettes, concluding that e-cigarettes should not be used as a scapegoat for tobacco use.
Flavored E-liquids can help Smokers Quit
Another study by Dr. Konstantino Farsalinos looked into the effect of flavored e-liquids on the success rate of smokers looking to quit.
Part of his findings was that e-liquid flavoring is an ‘important contributor’ in cutting down cigarette use, or eliminating it entirely.
Smokers Improve Health after Switching to Vaping
A team of independent university researchers wanted to know if switching to e-cigs had any impact on one’s health.
They established that 91% of smokers that switched allegiance to e-cigarettes tended to have improved health. They also found that 97% of those reduced or entirely saw off chronic coughs.
E-liquids pose no Public Health Concerns
Prof. Igor Burstyn of the Drexel university School of Public Health wanted to determine if the chemicals present in e-liquids could be dangerous.
He ended up refuting all those prevalent health concerns regarding e-liquids that most mistake to be facts about vaping.
Electronic Cigarettes Reduce the Risk of Tobacco-related Deaths
Scientists from the Boston University of Public Health examined the impact of electronic cigarettes on mortality risks compared to tobacco.
They concluded that the former are a far safer alternative.
Second-hand Exposure to Vapor has no Health Risks
A group of French scientists established that vapor dissipated within 11 seconds on average. Conversely, cigarette smoke lingered for about 20 minutes on average.
The consensus was that second-hand exposure to e-cig vapor poses no public risk.
E-cigarettes have no major Respiratory Impact
Juxtaposing first and second-hand impacts of exposure to e-cig vapor, some researchers wanted to learn how it would impact on respiratory function.
It was established that second-hand exposure to tobacco smoke had a damaging effect on lung function as compared to first-hand exposure to e-cig vapor. It was also agreed that electronic cigarettes do not cause any acute respiratory harm.
What Is In E-Liquid
E-liquid is what fuels your vaping device/e-cigarette and is what gives the flavor. It can also provide a nicotine solution to those who are just starting to switch from traditional smoking. E-liquid is what evaporates to create the vapor that is very similar to that of traditional cigarettes. It can come in many flavors and contain different ingredients. Those ingredients can include the diketones I have spoken about and also propylene glycol (PG) and vegetable glycerine (VG).
PG OR PROPYLENE GLYCOL
Propylene Glycol is nontoxic and is a flavoring found in foods, some ingredients in food coloring and even some medicines. It is an additive just like diketones for flavoring, but a nontoxic additive. It is usually recommended to have a blend of both propylene glycol and vegetable glycol for a much smoother flavor than if you were to have 100% PG.
VG OR VEGETABLE GLYCERIN
Just like with propylene glycol, it is recommended that you blend both vegetable glycerine and propylene glycol as VG can be very hard to vape of if it is 100% strong. This is because VG is a thick vegetable based liquid so is harder to evaporate. It is quite sweet in taste and is nontoxic so makes for a good e-liquid ingredient.