When you’ve been stuck inside the vaping world for a decent amount of time, you’ll hear the endless banter time and time again over how vapor is bad for your lungs, how your health is being damaged from all the vaping and in general, how e-cigarettes are pretty much ruining your life.
Okay, so maybe it highly depends on who your friends are and what kind of a society you’re living in. For example, a place like Silicon Valley in California is a little more open to the idea of vaporizing and e-cigarettes when compared to a smaller town like Archer City in Texas. Point is, you’ll still be glancing at articles criticizing e-cigarettes and the vape culture every once in a while and to be honest, all these allegations and accusations without any evidence certainly can get pretty damn annoying seeing as there is nothing to back it up with.
Well, as recent as early this month, British American Tobacco (BAT) has released results relating to a recent research focused at identifying the dangers e-cigarette vapor inflicts upon your lung cells. The research was conducted in a stable environment (a secure laboratory) and executed by a team of scientists headed by Dr Chris Proctor, the Chief Scientific Officer of British American Tobacco.
The results of the research was that vapor derived from e-cigarettes were in fact not harmful and did not contain any toxins that were damaging to the human lung. In order to ensure that the results were accurate without any room for error, tests were carried out using some extremes such as unrealistic high doses of vapor to see whether the reason for non toxicity rested in the small amounts of vapor when compared to a larger volume. The results for using extremely unrealistic amounts of vapor did not impair the analysis that vapor from e-cigarettes (deriving from e-liquids/e-juices) were in fact not harmful to the human lung. Pretty cool right?
This of course can be easily compared to the damage traditional tobacco smoking can do to your lungs which is due to the cytotoxicity of the cigarette smoke.
According to Dr Proctor, signs of cytotoxicity were seen from aerosol e-cigarettes when using unrealistically high levels of vapor.
“The conservative approach we took means that it is unlikely that normal vaping use would yield cytotoxic effects, even at the low levels observed here.”
The researchers at BAT made use of a very technical lung cell exposure system which aided in the investigation of potential adverse effects e-cigarette vapor has on airway tissue. This research was done in comparison to traditional tobacco cigarette smoke.
Vype’s portable e-cigarette pen was used in order to determine the levels of cytotoxicity in the vapor during this research.
Dr Proctor went on to further conclude that “These data suggest that exposure to vapour from the e-cigarettes tested induces negligible or no oxidative damage to lung epithelial cells at the range of doses tested. This highlights the scale of difference in potency between e-cigarette vapour and cigarette smoke and adds to the weight of evidence on the reduced risk potential of e-cigarettes.”
The interesting point about this analysis is that despite the comparable levels of nicotine within e-cigarettes and traditional tobacco cigarettes, the e-cigarette vapors contain extremely low levels of potentially harmful chemicals, if any. This is indeed a scientific breakthrough when comparing the recent years of speculation and assumptions being made that e-cigarettes are bad for you due to the toxic chemicals within the vapor when inhaled thus causing damage to your lungs. There were even allegations claiming that e-cigarette usage was in fact worse than that of traditional cigarettes. Based on BAT’s research, it’s definitely settling and comforting to know that all of those alleged remarks are in fact false and that this pleasant past time hobby of ours is not harmful to us.
Unlike the United States, the United Kingdom has advocated for the use of e-cigarettes with the promotional statements of them being an aid to reduce tobacco smoking. The Public Health of England has even published a report stating that e-cigarette usage is 95% safer than that of tobacco cigarettes (albeit further research would be necessary). It would be nice to see the United States move forward into a more arms open attitude toward the vaping industry and if any negative remarks were to be made, it would be highly appreciated if those remarks were backed up with solid and reliable evidence.