Most of the times, the articles and studies are written over electronic cigarettes say it is just as dangerous as smoking traditional cigarettes and, for the most part, they are written by people who have no ingrained knowledge about the subject. Years pass and more toxicological, clinical and behavioral studies on vaping products are being carried out. In this article, we share some of them with a strong scientific basis to determine the safety and usefulness of electronic cigarettes relative to the traditional cigarettes we all know.

1. Royal College of Physicians Seminal 2016 Report on Nicotine Without Smoke

The Royal College of Physicians – the pre-eminent physicians organisation in the United Kingdom – updated its members on the use of harm reduction in tobacco smoking. It shows that harm reduction has “huge potential” to prevent death and disability from tobacco use. It suggests that vaping products cause less than 5% of the harm from smoking. Go to study →

2. Electronic Cigarettes for Smoking Cessation

Some people who smoke use e-cigs to stop or reduce smoking, but some organizations, advocacy groups and policymakers have discouraged this, citing lack of evidence of efficacy and safety. This is an update conducted as part of a living systematic review. Go to study →

3. Electronic Cigarettes Helped More Smokers Quit Than Nicotine Replacement Therapy

In a trial of 866 smokers who used NHS stop smoking services, 18% of those assigned to e-cigarettes were abstinent 12 months from their quit date, compared to 9.9% of those assigned to NRT. Everyone in the study was also offered four weeks of one-to-one behavioural support from a clinician. Of those who had successfully quit with e-cigarettes, 80% were still using them at 12 months. Go to study →

4. PHE Publishes Independent Expert Electronic Cigarettes Evidence Review

Landmark study finds that health risks associated with e-cigarette usage are 95% lower than those related to smoking tobacco, while risks of developing cancer are found to be only 0,5% of the risk related to tobacco cigarettes. Go to study →

5. Respiratory Symptoms Are Much Lower Among Electronic Cigarettes Users Than Among Smokers

This study examines the effects of vaping on the respiratory system. Compared to smoking, the e-cigarette offers a great harm reduction potential. Go to study →

6. Cancer Potencies of Emissions From Electronic Cigarettes are 99% Lower Compared With Those of Tobacco Smoke

How exactly is the damage potential of e-cigarettes compared to tobacco products? This Scottish examination provides clear evidence for the topic of harm reduction with the e-cigarette. Go to study →

7. Electronic Cigarettes Emit Much Lower Amounts of Toxic Compounds Compared to Tobacco Cigarettes and Also Heated Tobacco

Due to the combustion, tobacco smoke contains around 7,000 chemical compounds, 250 of which are toxic and 70 are carcinogenic. Vaping significantly reduces the number of toxic pollutants. Go to study →

8. Independent Scientific Committee on Drugs Ranks Nicotine Products in Order of Harm

An international and inter-disciplinary expert panel convened by the UK government used a multi-criteria decision making model to determine the relative harms of different forms of nicotine use. It concluded that attempts to switch to non-combusted sources of nicotine should be encouraged as the harms from these products are much lower. Go to study →

9. Dependence on Vaping Products Examined in a Cross Sectional Study of Adults in the United States

This study, supported by the University of Pittsburgh, looked at government data from the United States, where regular tobacco use surveys are undertaken. The analysis showed that among current users of both products, dependence on vaping products was significantly lower than dependence on cigarettes. Go to study →

10. Significant Improvement Observed in Former Smokers Who Switched Completely to Vaping

In this prospective randomized control trial, participants who smoked but were free from cardiac disease were provided with vaping products. Within one months of switching to vaping, there was a significant improvement in endothelial function and vascular stiffness. There was no difference in vascular effects between those who used vaping products with nicotine and those without. Go to study →

11. Incorrect Perceptions of the Relative Harm From Vaping Compared to Smoking Getting Worse

Researchers from a variety of US universities reviewed the data from two multi-year cross sectional surveys that took place from 2012-2017. The proportion of US adults who perceived vaping to be as harmful as or more harmful than cigarettes increased substantially. The findings of this study underscore the urgent need to accurately communicate the risks of e-cigarettes to the public, which should clearly differentiate the absolute from the relative harms of e-cigarettes. Go to study →

12. Randomized Control Trial Shows Smokers More Likely to Quit With Vaping Products

A randomized control trial, published in the New England Journal of Medicine, randomly assigned visitors to a stop smoking clinic to either nicotine replacement therapy of their choice or a vaping product of their choice. Twice as many in the vaping products were cigarette abstinent after one year than in the NRT group. Go to study →

13. Emissions From Vaping Products Show Reduced Negative Effect on Lung Cells Compared to Smoking

A laboratory analysis of the toxic effect of vaping product emissions on lung cells was undertaken at the University of Lille. Cells were exposed to both vaping product aerosol and cigarette smoke for prolonged periods of time. The results suggest significantly lower toxicity of vaping product emissions when compared to cigarette smoke. Go to study →

14. Vaping Helps Reduce Smoking in Patients With Severe Mental Illness – 24 Week Pilot Study

Smoking is the largest single contributor to poor physical health and increased mortality in patients with severe mental illnesses. This study from Kings College London looked at a small population of smokers with psychotic disorders. Within six weeks, there was a >50% reduction in cigarettes smoked per day. Go to study →

15. Smoking Affects the Heart whereas Vape Shows no Sign of Disturbance

A team led by Dr. Farsalinos, a specialist from Greece, had conducted a study between 2011 and 2012 offers clinical evidence to prove how e-cigarettes turn out to be safe than traditional tobacco ones when it was tested over a smoker and a non-smoker to check the measurement of their heart. In this comparative study, their heart was measured before and after smoking a cigarette (smoker) and using a vaper (non-smoker). Whilst there was impairment in the functioning of one part of the heart of the smoker, the vaping showed no ill-effects in the heart functioning of the non-smoker. Thus, vape was found to be safe in the conclusion. Go to study →

Last But Not Least: Expert Reaction to WHO Report on Nicotine and Tobacco Products

The World Health Organization (WHO) released a new report on nicotine and tobacco products. Check out some of the experts’ reactions to this report. Go to reactions →