Some Studies Others May Not Want You To See
There is a lot of research out there which due to one reason or another, people refuse to believe even when it’s not only scientifically true, but should be welcome with open arms. Since the dawning of the vaporizer, the industry’s followers have naturally marketed the devices used by vapers as producing much cleaner emissions compared to its tobacco cigarette counterpart. This claim was the main reason why most smokers made the switch from a known harmful and addictive format to one that has demonstrated a considerably more palatable experience. That and curiosity, at least in the beginning.
If you ask any vaper, you’ll more than likely receive the same answer. Vaporizers are cleaner going in, and the exhaled emissions are safe and not unpleasant to outsiders. If fact, quite often the clouds are described as pleasant. Yet, there is still so much ignorance surrounding any new technology, and in this respect, the vaporizer platform is no different. Due to it sharing some aesthetic similarities to traditional cigarettes, some anti-smoking advocacy groups and the general public often wrongly associate vaping with smoking.
You may be asking just how much cleaner is the vaping platform? Medusa Juice has documented countless personal experiences, including their entire staff and these and other enthusiasts testify that e-cigarettes not only taste better but they possess several improvements in overall personal performance. While these positive testimonials have even been backed by rigorous scientific analyses, there will always be those people who still view vaping with a great deal of suspicion.
But that’s okay. Because, as it happens, we have a multitude of scientific research that confirms what vape enthusiasts have known all along, that vaping is considerably cleaner than tobacco products, and that “digital” emissions are exceptionally less offensive than combustion-based nicotine and tobacco byproducts. I would urge you to do a simple google search and not turn up countless legitimate and documented studies which prove the validity of these claims.
I personally will include some of the top vaping studies that have been released, which summarizes key points and present objective research and analyses. We here at Medusa Juice hope that with this information, you and your family can make the best, most informed decisions about vaping!
Myth Or Reality
I can’t tell you how often I’ve been with friends and suddenly some radio program came on and were running advertisements produced by anti-vaping advocacy groups. While they may be well-intentioned, they are not only misinformed but misguided. These public service announcements suggested that second-hand vaping, just like second-hand smoking, is harmful to passersby. Which is complete and utter bollocks!
What bothers me the most about this type of fear-mongering is that in theory, the assumption often sounds logical and reasonable even when it isn’t. Trust me when I tell you that vaping emissions, are far more pleasant-smelling than the smoke produced from normal cigarettes, even though they have strong, unmistakable auras.
You can instantly tell someone has been vaping from one single whiff. Regardless if you vape or not.
When you ask if there is actually any scientific data to support the second-hand vaping thesis, the answer may surprise you. Because vaping uses a totally different method (vaporization) to produce its experience, as opposed to cigarettes, which must burn their materials through combustion, the vapor produced by vaping doesn’t emit harmful chemicals into the air the way smoking does. Therefore it’s far safer to everyone, vaper and bystander both.
According to a 2014 study sponsored by BioMed Central Public Health, researchers discovered that while vaporizer emissions did contain chemical elements, the amounts (measured in parts per million, or PPM) were so insignificant that they do not warrant the level of concern, much less the borderline hysteria we’ve seen in certain mainstream media outlets.
In this former BMC study, they specifically compared the presence of multiple chemicals against the most stringent Threshold Limit Values (TLV). These TLVs are scientifically and universally accepted exposure guidelines which are imposed upon workplaces. In order to assure the most accurate and safest conclusion, BMC scientists measured chemical exposure against the world’s most conservative TLV standards.
There are some people out there who are totally against vaping, regardless of the available information. If you are one of those, I would suggest you stop reading this article now. Because for every known chemical that vaporizers emit, when directly measured, the ratio against TLVs were far below the 50% threshold where safety warnings and precautions are advised. Even when researchers applied a safety factor of 10 on the tested emission chemicals, all the ratings were still below 100% TLV.
Then does second-hand vaping exist? Yes, it sure does! But the thing anti-vaping organizations miss and it’s the most important point, is that chemicals from vaporizer emission occur only in trace amounts and consistently register underneath the most conservative warning level indicators on exposure.
Mr. Or Ms. Clean
It’s true that no reputable organization has tried to make the claim that vaporizers pose the exact same risk factors as tobacco cigarettes, but the implication is that vaping is only slightly better than smoking. This is probably because their misunderstanding is that vaping is exactly like smoking but through an electronic channel.
The truth is that they’re nothing alike in this respect. The vaping liquid, or e-juice, is heated through the vaporization process up to the combustion point, but never above it. By this, I mean, you don’t burn the e-juices.
Which is as you know, completely different than cigarettes. With those, the heating element is external to the system. Cigarettes must invoke the combustion process to burn the tobacco leaf materials. Because this process not only burns tobacco but other elements, such as the paper rolls and over 4,000 harmful chemicals, around the central material it is far more dangerous and nowhere near as clean of a method.
Because combustion spreads chemicals and toxins in greater proportions, density, and volume, they are a more dangerous option to everyone. And what makes cigarettes scientifically and empirically more harmful than vaporizers.
One of the controversial chemical emissions of both vaporizers and cigarettes is formaldehyde. This is used in building materials, and formaldehyde made shocking headlines a few years ago when an American lumber company was accused of selling products that exceeded U.S. standards. Because it is possible that it will serious harm, it’s imperative that all formaldehyde emissions are kept to an absolute minimum.
According to the aforementioned BMC vaping study, vaporizers emitted on average around 0.007 PPM of formaldehyde. By contrast, cigarettes produced a massive 0.19 PPM, according to a National Institute of Health-sponsored study.
To better understand this, the difference between cigarette and vaping formaldehyde emissions is a whopping 2,614%! So, it’s no small deal.
It might surprise you to hear the presence of Formaldehyde in e-Juice between the BMC and NIH vaping studies was found to emit a level not too dissimilar from those levels found as a residual byproduct in a kindergarten room.
According to the National Institute of Health, a kindergarten room that researchers used as a control environment discovered trace formaldehyde in the amount of 0.005 PPM.
Since vaporizers on average emit 0.007 PPM, this translates to a magnitude difference of only 40%. Between a kindergarten room and analog cigarette emissions, the difference skyrockets to another dimension – an unbelievable 3,700%!
We want to make sure that you keep in mind that for vaporizer emissions, these are average figures. Which means there may be times when vaporizers emit more formaldehyde than kindergarten rooms, but in other times, far less. The lowest level recorded in the BMC study was 0.002 PPM, which is actually 60% lower than found in the kindergarten room.
Medusa Juice is not suggesting that vaporizers are safer than kindergarten rooms, or that it’s okay to vape around children. But we do want you to know that according to the evidence, vaporizers are without a doubt much cleaner platforms than traditional cigarettes.
Can Vaping Help Lung Function?
It’s extremely rare to find something which is quite pleasurable is also unbelievably healthy. In fact, I don’t know a single meat eating person who wouldn’t want to destroy a double or even a triple-stacked hamburger with fresh from the fryer, salted fries. However, we all know the risks of eating too heavily, and this quite often will prevent most people from overindulging. Although, I don’t know about you, but I’m suddenly craving a burger and fries!
These sort of dynamics fall under the general category that life is not fair. Which, is true all too often, despite the fact that over the past few years, a number of vaping studies have suggested that the art of cloud chasing can actually improve lung functionality. Which leads us to ask, does this mean that you can vape to your heart’s content and be better off?
In some ways, you could say that yes, because these studies legitimately confirm that vaping has significant personal benefits. We’ve found that the science matches end-user testimonials and other personal accounts that vape enthusiasts have seen noticeable advantages over their previous smoking habits.
So, on that note, we want to be completely clear, vaping may improve lung functionality relative to prior, acutely damaging practices. However, any reputable vape retailer, such as Medusa Juice, will tell you that if you aren’t already a smoker, you should avoid using nicotine-based e-liquids. That way, if you want to quit vaping for personal reasons, you can do so without the challenge of overcoming nicotine addiction. And with the plethora of 0mg nicotine e-juices available, this is exceptionally easy to accomplish. I was a menthol smoker for forty-five years and switched to vaping, gradually weaning out nicotine. It worked beautifully and was far easier than I would have ever expected.
Here is another point that needs to be stressed, and it is that vaping may improve functionality towards your body’s normal capacity. As a vape enthusiast, you should never be tempted to go back to cigarettes, and then use vaporizers to return to a normal state. More often than not, smokers risk long-term and perhaps permanent damage. Therefore, the costs to your health are simply not worth the smoking habit if it can be avoided.
Nevertheless, those who have shifted over to the vaporizer platform may experience profound and substantive changes. Natuer.com published a study in November 2017, where researchers discovered the following about frequent vapers who had never smoked before:
No indicators of lung damage.
No signs of respiratory problems.
No noticeable declines in the maximum volume of air exhaled.
No evidence of lung inflammation while vaping.
These benefits are extremely impressive. However, you should be aware that the study’s time frame at three-and-a-half years is lengthy for the vaporizer industry, but hardly decisive in measuring and forecasting long-term impact. Also, there were only nine people who completed the entire study, so please keep that in mind.
The reason for so few participants is that it was a challenge finding vapers who had previously not smoked before. At the time the study was initiate, most vapers were ex-smokers, and their past behaviors may have contributed to significant lung damage, and thereby, would have distorted test results. Therefore, any vape study that makes significant claims should be re-examined closely. For instance, who are the test subjects, and did their experiences affect the study’s conclusion? We here at Medusa Juice want you to be well informed and so we do our best to help make it happen.
According to the evidence that the scientific community is collecting about “fresh” vapers and those transitioning from cigarettes, we can be confident that vaping benefits are much more likely to be genuine rather than hype. Which is what we’ve found to be so for ourselves.
Can Vaping Help You Quit Smoking?
There is no doubt that vaping is heralded as the industry’s cleaner platform relative to cigarettes. Because of what we have discovered above, this is more than a fair assessment. Personally speaking, I have seen it help not only me, but countless others quit.
But the holy grail of vaping studies is confirmation as to whether or not the digital format can help smokers quit the practice entirely. That is, can vaporizers catalyze enough motivation that an individual walks away from both e-cigs and regular cigarettes?
Until we can positively prove that vaping studies demonstrates the “quitting power” of Quit Smoking with Vaping vaporizers, opponents to cigarettes and e-cigs will counter that an individual’s habits merely shifts from one platform to another. What then would be the net societal gains from vaporizers? I guess that the fact that vaping is 95% safer isn’t enough of win.
Because the industry is so young, we have researchers and scientists which are at a significant disadvantage when it comes to longer-term vaping studies. However, cigarettes have several decades of data that can be analyzed. And yet, that hasn’t deterred investigators to truly quantify the vaping industry supposed advantages.
In one study published by healthcare services BMJ, they analyzed the effectiveness of vaporizers as cessation devices. Researchers analyzed four sets of subjects. Those who never used vape devices, those who did but quit at an unknown time prior to the end-of-study questionnaire, those who quit sometime inside one year prior to the questionnaire, and finally, those who consistently used vaporizers.
The results were only surprising in that they completely matched expectations. For test subjects who never used vaporizers, less than 38% attempted to quit smoking. Those who initially tried vaporizers but stopped their usage attempted to quit smoking 48.4% to 48.8% of the time. However, slightly more than 65% of subjects who vaped somewhat consistently attempted to quit. So, we do know that vaping can and will help you quit smoking.
It must also be noted that subjects who failed to use vaporizers consistently never hit the 50% quitting attempt. It would appear that the addictiveness of traditional nicotine-based platforms is too much of a burden for most people to overcome without outside assistance
More importantly, the actual success rate of quitting is significantly higher when vaporizers are part of the equation. Only 4.6% of non-vape users were successful in their attempts to quit smoking. Consistent vapers, however, managed to score an 8.2% quitting success rate.
Some critics might point out that these are somewhat surprisingly small, single-digit figures. However, one does need to consider the “law of small numbers” when making an accurate assessment here.
The evidence is abundantly clear, not only does vaping help you to quit smoking, it’s better to try vaporizers and not use them thereafter, than it is to attempt to go cold-turkey alone.