Study: Vaping Just As Harmful As Smoking

PHILADELPHIA (CBS) – If you’re thinking electronic cigarettes are healthier than tobacco cigarettes, someone may be blowing smoke up your way.

According to researchers at the University of Connecticut, e-cigarettes are just as harmful to your health as tobacco cigarettes.

In the past few years, e-cigarettes have been pushed as the “safer” choice compared to tobacco cigarettes. Thus, e-cigarettes have risen in popularity.

The University of Connecticut researchers crafted a screening device and discovered that e-cigarettes are filled with a nicotine-based liquid, which is “potentially as harmful as unfiltered cigarettes when it comes to causing DNA damage,” according to UConn Today’s report.

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The study also found that vapor from non-nicotine e-cigarettes has many “chemical additives,” causing cellular mutations” that can lead to cancer.

According to one of the researchers, the amount of DNA damage all depends on the amount of vapor a person inhales with e-cigarettes, as well as other additives present and whether nicotine or non-nicotine liquid is used.


One Comment

  1. I’m concerned with the methodology used in this research. I’d like to ensure they haven’t simply produced dry burn results (burning of the cotton/wick) and based their results off these conditions instead of real life vaping conditions. Scientists time and time again have completely ignored this issue of dry burning of the coil/wick in most all electronic cigarette research. As a result it often will give the appearance of vaping being inaccurately harmful. I would really to see studies conducted in actual realistic vaping conditions. How do I know this study has done that? There is no information that I have seen on the types of devices that were used to produce the vapor, the brand and Ohm of the coil, the temperature they had the device at, whether the temperature was appropriate for the type of coil, the time interval between drags taken on the e-cig. 10 second drags on an E-cigarette are already well above the average for users, most vape 2-6 second drags. If the researchers assume e-cig drags are equal to traditional tobacco cigs, they will almost certainly produce dry burning of the coil and induce these chemicals the media headlines love to tout around in their anti-vapor stories. Yet I would very much like to ensure this study did indeed take all of these dry burn scenarios into account prior to running the experiment. Because all of these factors attribute to RLC (Real Life Conditions) of vaping. If these aren’t known and accounted for in the respected research study, it is impossible to conclude whether any given study is applicable to the real life risks of vaping. We already know dry burning the coil/cotton produces dangerous chemicals that could cause cancer. Luckily the experience of dry burning is so disgusting and obvious to the user no vaper could/would actually continue to vape this dry burning cotton enough to produce these dangerous effects.

  2. electroniccigarettesco says:

    Same here Charlie..

  3. Jay Meisner says:

    Well Well another study that is not about smoking and getting people off cigarettes, but rather an anti nicotine study. If you are going to do a study do one that is not done with unproven 3-D printed equipment of the study authors design. I would also have to say that from the limited information about the e-cigarettes tested they used the cigalike models that are generally available in convenience stores, most of these are made and marketed by the big tobacco companies. The much better devices that are available are never used in testing, nor is the premium juice that most users use, The juice in these store bought ones are not formulated with limited ingredients like premium juice. Most premium juice from a vape company and store have fewer ingredients. I know every ingredient in my juice, Vegetable glycerin, flavor, a tiny amount of nicotine and a little propilyne glycol, wow all of 4 food grade ingredients. It is also a big issue for NIH to support the anti nicotine platform under the guise of anti smoking.

  4. How about you actually doing some real research on how much safer vaping is compared to smoking traditional cigarettes! Completely and utterly wrong. There have been so many studies that show proof that this article is completely unfounded!

  5. This research fails to take into consideration the 4000 other substances contained in cigarette smoke that are not in vapor. Also, many people have been able to transition from cigarettes to vaping to clean. I did this in one year, with none of the horrible side effects of nicotine withdrawal. And I did it by using 0 nicotine vapor.

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