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3 vaping studies that will knock your socks off

Vaping haters, and sometimes even the federal government, love to spread lies and disinformation about vaping.  They promote outlandish conspiracy theories that Juul and other manufacturers are secretly trying to trick teens and prepubescents into nicotine addiction.  They spread Fake News reports about e-cig vapor being laced with formaldehyde and antifreeze.  It seems that the anti-vaping community will stop at nothing to kill the American vaping industry entirely. 

Highly reputable government agencies from around the globe like Public Health England of the UK have published evidence indicating that vaping is 95 percent less harmful than smoking.  Meanwhile, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration labels teen vaping as a national “epidemic” at the very same moment that the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) issues updated national statistics indicating smoking rates are at an all-time low.

Yes, nicotine addiction is not a good thing, but it sure beats the alternative – Lung Cancer.  Here are 3 vaping studies to shut down the vaping haters once and for all.

1.   E-cig vapor is not filled with formaldehyde.

Ever wonder why or how this nasty rumor got started?  The vaping haters could have chosen any chemical they wanted to create this vaping conspiracy theory, but they chose formaldehyde – that foul-smelling liquid from high school biology class associated with dead frogs and dissection.  Humans associate formaldehyde with death.  It’s the perfect ingredient for any half-baked conspiracy theory.

The rumor really started to make the rounds on social media when it appeared in an obscure paper published in the New England Journal of Medicine (NEJM) several years ago.  The paper was never peer-reviewed, and multiple scholars in academia immediately refuted its findings.  Several even wrote to the NEJM demanding a retraction of the paper in question.

Related Article: CDC research debunks claims that e-cig vapor contains toxic formaldehyde

After much back-and-forth, another team of considerably more reputable scientists conducted a similar study.  Unlike the preceding research, this study was conducted using heating temperatures that were more realistic.  As a result, no measurable levels of formaldehyde from the related e-cig vapor were identified.

Entitled Evaluation of Chemical Exposures at a Vape Shop, the peer-reviewed research debunking the formaldehyde myth is published in the U.S. National Library of Medicine National Institutes of Health (NLM/NIH). 

2.  Vaping is more effective in quitting smoking than 'the patch.'

Vaping haters hate vaping for a reason.  Many of them are simply too ignorant to understand the difference between nicotine and tobacco, but others have a more devious reason.

Big Pharma has made billions and billions of dollars selling smoking cessation products that never seem to work.  “The patch” is perhaps the best known.  Others include nicotine gums and lozenges. 

A vaping study led by Dr. Jamie Brown of the Cancer Research UK Health Behavior Research Centre in Great Britain indicates that vaping is significantly more effective than any other smoking cessation product on the market.  The study also explains why.


The Brown paper is entitled Among smokers who have attempted to stop without professional support, those who use e-cigarettes are more likely to report continued abstinence than those who used a licensed NRT product bought over-the-counter or no aid to cessation (NLM/NIH).  Brown and his research team determined that the hand-to-mouth actions involved with both smoking and vaping are a substantial reason that vape products are so much more effective in helping smokers quit compared to Big Pharma alternatives.

A nicotine-laced patch or lozenge provides none of these addict-supporting mechanics, which is why they are so pointless and futile.  Smoking addiction is largely a mental game, and this paper makes abundantly clear that vaping is the proverbial ace in the hole.

3.  Second-hand e-cig vapor is 99% non-carcinogenic.

Vaping haters love to make a fuss when someone accidentally blows even an infinitesimal amount of e-cig vapor their way.  They start fake-coughing and fake-wheezing as if the were just blasted with a toxic cloud of radioactive dust.  Next time a vaping hater gives you a dirty look, tell them to relax and stop making a scene.

A study published by scientists from the UK’s University of St Andrews indicates that the emissions from vaping devices and e-cigarettes contain 99% less carcinogens compared to cigarette smoke.  The UK e-cig study entitled Comparing the cancer potencies of emissions from vapourised nicotine products including e-cigarettes with those of tobacco smoke is still published today in the journal BMJ Tobacco Control.


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