University study: E-cigs are ‘substantially less harmful’ than smoking
A recent vaping study conducted by a group of scientists from three major American Universities claims that e-cigs because “saves lives” and should be endorsed by public health officials around the world. The paper further suspects that vaping has the potential to rid the world of Big Tobacco – one day – because it is “substantially less harmful” than smoking.
The collaborate group of researchers hail from the University of Vermont, New York University, the University of Nebraska, and the Schroeder Institute for Tobacco Research and Policy Studies. The results of their research are published in a report entitled Harm Minimization and Tobacco Control: Reframing Societal Views of Nicotine Use to Rapidly Save Lives (NCBI).
Overview of the vaping study
In the paper’s premise, the scientists begin by offering scientific evidence that smoking related disease in a leading cause of death in the United States. They then continue by blasting public health officials for using fear-mongering tactics to mislead the general population about the differences between nicotine and tobacco.
“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 report confirms what smokers-turned-vapers already know. It’s the burning of tobacco leaves in combustible cigarettes that has the tar, chemicals, and up to 70 different carcinogens that kill. Nicotine has nothing to do with it. If that were true, then the U.S. Food and Drug Administration would never all Big Pharma to manufacture and sell nicotine-enhance gums and lozenges. E-cigs, on the other hand, is completely tobacco-free.
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