In December, the surgeon general issued a report on electronic cigarettes. In that report, they were referred to as “an emerging public health threat” and with that report, a “tip sheet for parents” was included that evaded answering the often-asked question, “Aren’t e-cigarettes safer than conventional cigarettes?”
Why was this tip sheet included for parents? Because, teens are curious teenagers. They always have been, they always will be. And so are adults, they’re just more cautious about what they experiment with, usually.
They do this by researching and studying on the things they are curious about, such as e-cigarettes. Such as the recently released report that was published by the Annals of Internal Medicine. The report confirmed that e-cigs are not as dangerous to our health than traditional cigarettes. So, if we only read and followed what the government tells us, we wouldn’t know that other research and studies have been done on the comparison.
The results found dramatic differences between traditional smokers and e-cig vapers after a study using the urine samples of participants. The study measured acrylonitrile, ethylene oxide, and vinyl chloride, finding a 57% reduction and with acrylonitrile a 97% reduction. The levels were as low, or lower, for vapers as NRT users. This is surprising when we consider that the one considered to be the safest is NRT.
Long-Term Electronic Cigarette Use
This study included people that had used e-cigs for a long-term, and reinforced the findings of a 2016 study which also showed a large reduction in carcinogens and toxins among smokers that had changed for two weeks to vaping. The findings also jab at the chemical analyses of the liquid used in electronic cigarettes and the aerosol produced therein. That information led to the endorsement by the Public Health England that vaping is approximately 95 percent safer than traditional cigarette smoking.
When it comes to smoking or vaping, the biggest difference isn’t all that surprising, being that vaping is an aerosol that consists of flavoring, glycerin, nicotine, propylene glycol, and water while traditional cigarettes is inhaling tobacco. Being that tobacco is known to contain chemicals that are carcinogenic or toxic.
Still, when it comes to vaping hazards, there are many misconceptions, mainly due to what the anti-tobacco activists and public health officials put out for public information. In fact, bad information was released by one university after performing a survey on e-cigs recently. It stated that e-cigs were as much, or more, hazardous than traditional cigarettes.
When those reports are released to the public and the CDC, the FDA, and the Surgeon General release other pieces of misinformation, there is no surprise as to confusion that exists. Those three organizations have portrayed electronic cigarettes as being a public health menace and not a tool that can help smokers reduce or even quit.
Electronic cigarettes have been inaccurately described by all three of them as “tobacco products,” and they are just as much of a risk as traditional cigarettes. Because of what comes from the Surgeon General’s office is still considered high authority, many physicians follow their clue and dodge questions that are straightforward smoking and vaping hazards. Instead, they respond with irrelevant litany of warnings that are speculative at best.
These efforts that are intended to steer people away from using electronic cigarettes are somewhat pernicious and could be considered potentially lethal as they are successful in deterring smokers from switching.