A recent study conducted by the CASAA shows that there are in fact some very low to minimal health risks associated with e-liquid and e-cigarettes vape pens. The consumer-based, non-profit organization is focused on providing consumers with a safer alternative to cigarette smoking.
Typically, e-cigarettes are used by former smokers so they can achieve the level of nicotine they need without exposing themselves to the health risks associated with cigarettes. E-cigarettes are used to heat nicotine solutions to the proper levels where they transform into vapor. This vapor is then inhaled and provides the same effect as a cigarette. E-cigarettes have been linked to the downward trend from cigarette smoking and mark a historic change within the nation.
The Scientific Director for CASAA on Vaping
The study conducted by CASAA reviewed over 9,000 observations regarding the science and chemistry of the vapor with e-liquid contained within e-cigarettes. One doctor who reviewed these cases was Dr. Burstyn. His summary showed that the contaminants and toxins found within e-vapor are insignificant and pose no health risk to vapers. In fact, they are so low they cannot pose any risk to the user or those standing nearby, effectively crushing the second-hand-vape theory.
The Scientific Director for CASAA presented his summary of the report by saying “Even those of us who have long encouraged smokers to switch are a bit surprised that even the worst-case-scenario risks are so low.” He went on to say that “All products are about 99% less harmful than smoking, and so smokers who switch to them gain basically the same health benefits as if they quit tobacco and nicotine entirely.”
By summarizing all of the current scientific information, research, and case studies we are better able to see exactly where propaganda begins and where hard scientific evidence ends. Obviously, this study does not show clearly that you should not be concerned about the health risks associated with e-cigarettes. Just because there isn’t much evidence to indicate that people, or in particular smokers, need to be concerned about switching from smoking to vaping, vapors still need to be cautious. There is now plenty of FDA approved scientific information to show that individuals can make a well-informed decision for their lives without risking undo side-effects.
However, there was one instance found within the study that does present a bit of concern for vapers. The concern revolves around the central chemicals found within e-liquid called propylene glycol and glycerin. Despite the fact that these chemicals in themselves aren’t inherently dangerous, doctors are recommending that on-going research should be conducted to ensure there really are no long-term affects to inhaling them on a regular basis. Additionally, chemicals such as formaldehyde, acrolein, nitrosamines, and some metals are also found within e-liquid and pose a slight risk. Most studies do not show any substantial risk, so vapers can press on without undo concern.
Be Well-Informed Before Making Decisions
The study didn’t touch on the risks associated with nicotine use. This is primarily because vapers are inherently aware of this risk and are often crossing over from tobacco smoking so there is no need to discuss those concerns at length, not to mention that the risks are far less with vaping.
Regardless of the study’s conclusions, it is important to remember that virtually anything we consume like caffeine and even sugar comes with its own measure of risks. Informed consumers can make the best decisions for their health and the studies done provides the necessary information for that to happen.