Each week, ecig.com will take a look at a few of the more notable electronic cigarette and vaping stories that took place in the previous week, and recap them for you here in a nice, tidy, round-up style post. Enjoy!
The big news of the weekend and into today (Monday, February 29)? Undoubtedly the 88th Annual Academy Awards show that aired last night. We’ve already covered The Oscars here on the blog before (specifically, the role vaping played in this year’s ceremony), so we’ll avoid using too many more words about them here on our blog. All we’ll say is that we’re extremely happy for fellow vaper Leonardo DiCaprio to get his first Oscar for his work in “The Revenant” (who also nailed his acceptance speech, by the way). Anyway – lots of great vaping and e-cig news that took place in the most recent week, so let’s get started.
Study: E-Cigs Have Helped Tens of Thousands of English Smokers Quit
Speaking of things we’ve covered before, the issue of whether or not electronic cigarettes are an effective tool to help smokers quit tobacco cigarettes has been a recurring theme on this blog. We’ve mentioned in in several different news round-ups like this, and it was the subject of a full, in-depth article not too long ago. Despite some critics getting mired down varying technical definitions, the evidence is starting to clearly mount in favor of e-cigs being helpful smoking cessation devices. The latest comes to us from across the pond – the University College London, to be precise:
Researchers from University College London estimate that use of e-cigarettes produced 16K-22K additional long-term quitters in England in 2014. A long-term quitter is someone who has not smoked for at least one year. The UCL team has been tracking the rapid rise in use of e-cigarettes using monthly national surveys and estimates that in 2014 almost 900,000 smokers used one of these products to try to quit. Previous research has found that when used in this way, e-cigarettes increase the chances of success by around 50% compared with using no support or one of the traditional nicotine products such as gum or skin patch bought from a shop. This raises the long-term success rates from around 5% to around 7½%.
Great news! The full breakdown can be found at EurekAlert here.
Formaldehyde Levels in E-Cigs Much Lower than Cigarettes
This is very reminiscent of our recent discussion regarding diacetyl, its level in e-cig vapor, and how it compares to cigarette smoke. When a report came out that found diacetyl was in many brands of e-juice, and that inhaling diacetyl has been linked to a nasty lung condition known as “popcorn lung”, it was all over the media. But when a researcher found that cigarette smoke contained about 750 times higher levels of diacetyl than e-cig vapor, the whole issue seemed to go away…funny. If you’ve been around anti-vapers, one thing they will bring up is that e-juice and vapor contains formaldehyde, which isn’t the greatest for you to inhale. But how does it compare to levels of formaldehyde found in cigarette smoke? A Pennsylvania State University study examined:
Published in Regulatory Toxicology and Pharmacology, the study shows levels of the carcinogen formaldehyde emitted from e-cigarettes are significantly lower than levels found in regular cigarettes. E-cigarettes work by having the heating coil boil the e-liquid to a point where vapor is produced and then inhaled. The study directly clashes with a letter published in the New England Journal of medicine. Not only that, but e-cigarettes need to be turned to such a high power setting to produce anything close to hazardous levels of formaldehyde that it’s wildly unrealistic that vapers are in any significant danger from the chemical. This condition is known as “dry puff.”
Anti-Tobacco Group Praises E-Cigs
Remember in the first story how we said the evidence was beginning to mount that electronic cigarettes can indeed help people quit smoking? Here’s another to add on to the pile, and again, this one is from the UK (who, for what it’s worth, have a far more progressive attitude toward vaping than we do here in the states). The Yorkshire and the Humber Tobacco Control Network (YHTCN) have come out publicly in favor of recommending e-cigs to smokers looking to quit:
The most up-to-date evidence indicates that the type of e-cigarette used and the frequency of use has an impact on outcomes, with daily use of refillable tank models giving smokers a better chance of stopping smoking successfully. It is not possible to recommend a specific brand of device or fluid; individuals considering purchasing an e-cigarette should consult a reputable retailer. “Some individuals will have had multiple unsuccessful smoking quit attempts, or are unable or unwilling to use traditional Nicotine Replacement Therapy; e-cigarettes should be suggested as an option for these individuals,” said the network.
There are a lot of other good points in the PDF, which can be viewed here. All in all, this has to be one of the better weekly round-up posts we’ve done! All three positive news studies, and all with a strong scientific or health based background. It’s a good week to be a vaper, but then again – isn’t it always? That’s it for this week…stay tuned to the Ecig.com blog for future updates and articles, and be sure to head to the Ecig.com store for the best vaping deals on the web. By Jerry Whitehead III