E-cigarettes could help lower carcinogen levels in smokers

It can be quite disconcerting to view the list of ingredients in a typical cigarette. From carbon monoxide,arsenic, cyanide and cadmium to formaldehyde, sulphuric acid, acetone, ammonia and freon, cigarettes are one of the easiest ways to transfer dangerous carcinogens into your body.

When e-cigarettes became available for purchase, the inclusion of the word ‘cigarette’ led many less savvy members of the public and healthcare system to believe that they were equally as dangerous as their traditional counterpart.

As time passes, however, it is becoming clear that vaping is much healthier than smoking – and a new study from the Roswell Park Cancer Institute, led by researcher Maciej Goniewicz, appears to confirm this.

The study involved monitoring the presence of toxins and carcinogens in the urine of 20 adults who had all smoked for approximately 12 years, before switching them to e-cigarettes for a period of two weeks and repeating the tests.

Goniewicz found that during the two-week study, levels of 12 out of the 17 biomarkers were shown to reduce, although nicotine levels did not. The researchers have published the results and concluded that the number of cancer-causing chemicals are markedly lower than in traditional cigarettes.

 

Findings concur with other e-cigarette studies

Coupled with research carried out by the Royal College of Physicians that came to the same conclusion – as well as a recent report that found that asthma sufferers who smoke could find their condition improve by switching to e-cigarettes – these studies are helping others within the scientific community to broaden their research in the field regarding upcoming investigations.

“Our findings suggest that e-cigarette use may effectively reduce exposure to toxic and carcinogenic substances among smokers who completely switch to these products,” said co-author Neal Benowitz MD, Professor of Medicine at the University of California. 

“Future research will help determine whether e-cigarettes reduce the risk of disease among dual users — those who both smoke and vape — and those who use electronic cigarettes for a long time.”

The report, published in the Nicotine Tobacco Research journal, was backed by the US National Institute of Health, National Center for Research Resources, National Institute on Drug Abuse, The Ministry of Science & Higher Education of Poland and pharmaceutical company Pfizer.

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