Cancer Research UK Supports Vaping

May - 22
2019

Cancer Research UK Supports Vaping

There are mountains of misinformation about vaping available on the web. We want to help set people straight, but there are so many inaccuracies and misconceptions about vaping that it can be hard to know what’s right and not. So in this article, we are focusing on the claims of one of Britain’s biggest and most trusted smoking-related charities – Cancer Research UK – and what they have found about the effects on vaping.

Cancer Research has not been active supporters of vaping – in 2013 they were still on the fence. However, now the evidence is clear, Cancer Research UK has become clear advocates of vaping as an alternative to smoking. Last year, Alison Cox, Director for Cancer Prevention, said the science shows that “e-cigarettes are a much safer alternative to tobacco, and … the long term effects of these products will be minimal.” This article goes through why this is the case.

Vaping is Less Harmful than Smoking

In a long-term study funded by Cancer Research UK in February 2017, E-cigarettes were found to be less toxic compared to cigarettes. Ex-smokers made the switch had significantly lower levels of toxic chemicals and carcinogens in their lungs and bodies than those who continued to smoke. The study that Cancer Research UK funded into the real world effects of e-cigarettes, in short, found that a complete switch from cigarettes to vaping massively improves people’s health.

Young People Don’t Vape Unless They Smoke

One of the biggest concerns recently has been that children have been picking up vaping to be ‘cool’ despite it being illegal and a serious offense to sell a child e-cigarette devices.

However, as Cancer Research UK’s prevention expert from the University of Stirling, Professor Linda Baud, says: “regular use of e-cigarettes among young people who have never smoked remains … less than 1%”. Rightfully, Cancer Research is concerned that teens who start vaping could possibly start smoking later on in life. However, the evidence for this just is not there – concerns that vaping could act as a ‘gateway’ to smoking has not materialized.

Vaping Does Not Cause Second Hand Smoke

Dr. Andy McEwen, Executive Director of the National Centre for Smoking Cessation and Training, is unequivocal on this point: “there’s no evidence that second-hand e-cigarette vapor is dangerous to others”. Second-hand smoke from cigarettes, also known as passive smoking, is toxic, especially for children and pregnant women. Second-hand smoke kills thousands of children and adults every year, has been linked to around 165,000 new cases of the disease annually among children.

‘Passive vaping’ by contrast would require you to be poisoned by second-hand smoke from a vaporizer. But vaporizers do not produce smoke; they produce vapor, which does not produce environmental nicotine like the end of a lit cigarette does. No smoke means no second-hand smoke. No second-hand smoke means no health worries for those around the (responsible) vaper.

 

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