Vape & Volts has quickly become one of the preferred vape shops in London. With all the new vapers coming to see us, we find ourselves answering a lot of questions from people just getting their feet wet. We are happy to do so. But if you cannot get to London to visit Vape & Volts, we would like to point you to another excellent resource: Cancer Research UK.
A one-time opponent of vaping as an alternative to smoking, Cancer Research UK has come around thanks to scientific evidence that has shown e-cigarettes to be many times safer than tobacco. They published an article on their website listing 10 of the most commonly asked e-cigarette questions along with answers.
We will not list all the questions and answers here (you can always read the post yourself – the web address is at the bottom of this article), but we do want to highlight a few of the ones we feel are most important. Keep in mind that the answers provided by Cancer Research UK are based on their knowledge of the scientific evidence relating to vaping.
Is vaping safer than smoking?
The answer to this question is quickly becoming critically important due to incessant efforts by the media and those opposed to vaping to demonise the practice. Data has shown the anti-vaping voice getting louder and more effective over time, which is unfortunate. The truth is, vaping appears to be exponentially safer based on our current body of knowledge. Public Health England has gone as far as to say that vaping can be up to 95% safer.
As Cancer Research UK points out, switching from smoking to vaping instantly addresses some of the most serious risks of using tobacco. The logic makes perfect sense. When a person stops inhaling toxic smoke that contains thousands of chemicals and carcinogens, the risks associated with those chemicals and carcinogens is significantly reduced.
How dangerous is nicotine?
The nicotine question is one that frustrates a lot of people who believe in harm reduction. Right from the start, Cancer Research UK points out that nicotine does not cause smoking-related diseases such as cancer and heart disease. The only real danger of nicotine is its addictive properties, but nicotine is no more addictive than caffeine.
As for nicotine poisoning, Cancer Research UK explains that there has yet to be a single case of someone overdosing on nicotine by using an e-cigarette device. A few studies from the past have even shown that e-cigarettes deliver less nicotine than tobacco cigarettes, representing yet another reason to make the switch.
How toxic is second-hand vapour?
Our general knowledge of second-hand smoke has led us to be equally concerned about second-hand e-cigarette vapour. But as Cancer Research UK explains, there is currently no evidence that second-hand e-cigarette vapour is dangerous to others. Some studies have found that e-cigarettes may leave behind trace amounts of chemicals, but the volumes are so small as to pose no real danger.
In light of that, we want to address recent studies that claim to show e-cigarettes leave behind a thin film of nicotine that could be dangerous to children. The studies all have one fundamental flaw: their measurements are not based on real-world usage. The reality is that the human body quickly absorbs nicotine; anything left behind is minuscule at best. And because e-cigarettes tend to deliver less nicotine than tobacco, they are still safer from the nicotine standpoint.
Can e-cigarettes be used in public?
Currently, no specific regulations ban the use of e-cigarettes in public places directly. However, laws in the UK allow individual owners and property managers to ban vaping on their premises. This is why some sports stadiums, hospitals, and other organisations have chosen to do just that.
For now, the general rule of thumb states that it is okay to vape publicly unless a property owner or manager specifically bans the habit. Vapers should always ask should they be unsure about a particular location and its policies.
Can I use an e-cigarette to help stop smoking?
Perhaps the most important question of all is whether e-cigarettes can be used for quitting attempts. The unequivocal answer is ‘yes’. Cancer Research UK says e-cigarettes can be used in conjunction with Stop Smoking Services to support a quit attempt, which they believe is the most effective way to do so.
Having said that, numerous studies suggest that the clear majority of regular vapers have chosen to make the switch in order to reduce or eliminate tobacco use. That’s pretty strong evidence of what the e-cigarette can accomplish. Any long-term vaper who no longer uses tobacco has quit smoking, plain and simple.
Do Yourself a Favour, Educate Yourself
If you are new to the vaping community, we encourage to do yourself a favour and make an effort to educate yourself on the truth of vaping and electronic cigarettes. There is a lot of misinformation circulating out there, misinformation that does not help you make choices about your own health.
The ten questions and answers provided by Cancer Research UK is a good place to start. Remember that Cancer Research UK has a vested interest in helping to eliminate tobacco use because of its tremendous potential for causing deadly cancers. They now understand the value of vaping as a smoking alternative and a means of reducing the harm of using tobacco.
1. Cancer Research UK – http://scienceblog.cancerresearchuk.org/2016/05/17/10-common-questions-about-e-cigarettes-answered/