Absence of carbon monoxide makes e-cigs ‘substantially less harmful’ than smoking, says study
Academics from three major American universities are blasting public health officials for creating national panic and hysteria over nicotine-based vaping. In a recently published study, the researchers claim that federal agencies like the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) should be endorsing rather than demonizing vaping as a smoking cessation aid. They further state that vaping is not only “substantially less harmful” than smoking, but that it “saves lives.”
The co-authors of the study are from New York University, the University of Vermont, and the University of Nebraska. Their study entitled Harm Minimization and Tobacco Control: Reframing Societal Views of Nicotine Use to Rapidly Save Lives was published in the National Library of Medicine.
It’s the burning of tobacco leaves that’s the real health threat
In the paper’s premise, the scientists note that smoking-related illness is still a leading cause of death in the United States even after decades of increased public awareness of its life-threatening health risks. They also attack public health officials for ignoring one very basic fact about the differences between vaping and smoking, namely that e-cig vapor does not contain cancerous carbon monoxide.
“E-cigarette aerosol is very different. E-cigarettes do not contain any tobacco and do not produce carbon monoxide. The harm continuum emphasizes a key point: It is not that e-cigarettes are completely safe, or even the safest nicotine-containing product available, but that they are much safer than smoking. NRTs are safe enough that CDER approved them for over-the-counter consumer use more than two decades ago. Long-term use of NRT has been endorsed as an acceptable strategy to reduce morbidity and mortality from smoking.”
The recent study also confirms what scientists have known since the 1960s. The burning of tobacco leaves produces smoke that – when inhaled – coats the lungs, esophagus, and entire respiratory system with a toxic, gooey substance called tar. It’s this tar that induces many forms of respiratory disorders like emphysema and chronic bronchitis.
The tar-infused smoke from combustible tobacco products can also clog the arteries which can lead to multiple forms of heart disease. Since nicotine-based vapor products are 100 percent tobacco-free, electronic cigarettes do not produce tar – nor do they produce carcinogenic carbon monoxide – and are therefore a safe and effective alternative to smoking.
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