If you listened to EVERYTHING the mainstream media said about vaping you’d think they were the worse thing to happen to humanity since Kim Kardashian. But here’s the thing: vaping isn’t a killer and, despite what A LOT of people say, it is the best thing to happen to smokers since, well… EVER. In fact, there’s even a film being made about the detrimental effects banning ecigs would have on earth’s population called A Billion Lives.
But there is a war being raged against vaping at present, and it is largely funded by Big Tobacco, Big Pharma and a bunch of health fascists who couldn’t tell their arsehole from their elbow, let alone ACTUALLY do some of their own research into the subject.
Nevertheless, there is hope. A new UK study, published recently and featured on Reuters, claims vaping — or ecigs, if you’re a tourist in these parts — is 95% less harmful than smoking. Or, another way of interpreting this information: vaping is completely safe but we want to leave a 5% margin of error just in case we missed something.
“E-cigarettes are not completely risk free but when compared to smoking, evidence shows they carry just a fraction of the harm,” said Professor Kevin Fenton from Public Health England, which carried out the study.
Most of the chemicals that cause smoking-related diseases are absent in e-cigarettes and the current best estimate is that e-cigarette use is around 95 percent less harmful to health than smoking, the study said.
The report also rubbished claims made by California researchers which stated the popularity and availability of ecigs make children twice as likely to start smoking actual cigarettes.
“The Public Health England study said e-cigarettes, which are already the most popular quitting aids in Britain and the United States, could be a cheap way to reduce smoking in deprived areas where there remains a high proportion of smokers,” said the report. “It criticised media campaigns that have called e-cigarettes equally or even more harmful than smoking that could serve as a ‘gateway’ to tobacco cigarettes among teenagers.”
“There is no evidence that e-cigarettes are undermining England’s falling smoking rates. Instead the evidence consistently finds that e-cigarettes are another tool for stopping smoking and in my view smokers should try vaping, and vapers should stop smoking entirely,” said Professor Ann McNeil who helped author the study.
Similarly, a new report based in the UK once again found similar findings and was originally written up by the Mirror.
“Fresh research funded by British American Tobacco has suggested inhaling nicotine vapour could be as safe as breathing air. To perform its experiments, the tobacco giant teamed up with the MatTek Corporation, which makes models of human cells used in ‘in vitro’ laboratory experiments. Scientists then used a “smoking robot” to expose these lung cell replicas to tobacco smoke, the vapour from two different brands of e-cig and just plain old air. When exposed to old-fashioned smoke for six hours, the cells died.”
And HERE’S the good part — “But after subjecting the cells to an “aggressive and continuous” dose of vapour, researchers claimed the damage to the airway tissue was 2similar to that of air’.”
“By employing a combination of a smoking robot and a lab-based test using respiratory tissue, it was possible to demonstrate…. the e-cigarette aerosols used in this study have no [toxic] effect on human airway tissue,” said BAT spokesperson Dr Marina Murphy.
In conclusion: THANK GOD for the rigours of UK science. Happy vaping, guys!
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