Articles from March 2017
The first long-term, real-world study on carcinogens in e-cigarettes has found that they are significantly safer than smoking.
The study by UCL's tobacco research group found that smokers who switched to e-cigarettes had significantly lower levels of tobacco-specific nitrosamines (TSNAs), and volatile organic compounds (VOCs) released by smoking and associated with cancer.
Research conducted by Neil McKeganey, Marina Barnard and Christopher Russell (on behalf of the Centre for Substance Use Research, Glasgow), indicates that young people who use electronic cigarettes do not succumb to a gateway effect. It also pours cold water on any notion that there is a renormalisation of tobacco cigarettes taking place.
The study, published in the Drugs: Education, Prevention and Policy journal, is titled “Vapers and vaping: E-cigarettes users views of vaping and smoking”. The process involved interviewing fifty vapers between the ages of 16 and 26. Twenty-eight were still current smokers, 19 had made the switch and classified themselves as ex-smokers, while 3 had taken up vaping but were never smokers.
Smoking rates have hit a new record low thanks to the advent of vaping. Just 17.2% of British adults now smoke, but that figure is even lower in England as it has been inflated by Scottish and Northern Irish figures. Even though Scotland has seen the fastest drop in smoking rates, it still holds the highest number of smokers (at 19.1% of the population).
According to The Guardian: “Half of the 2.3 million people who were users of e-cigarettes said they were doing it to quit smoking. A further 22% said they were vaping because it was less harmful than smoking. Only 10% said they chose to vape because it was cheaper than buying cigarettes.”
Two studies have been released looking at the issue of passive vaping. Californian public health “experts” would have you believe that not only is there a second-hand vape problem – but there’s also a third-hand one via surface residues. Here we present the latest evidence from Australia and Switzerland.
Australia has a de facto ban on vaping and, in Simon Chapman, possesses an “expert” to rival our own Martin McKee. The inverted commas are being used to signify a slight disbelief that anybody could consider them to be experts given the kind of things they come out with. So, to the first: a study carried out by the Health Risk Policy Unit in Sydney.
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