When e-cigarette research comes out, everyone seems to hold their breath. This applies to both sides of the vaping debate. That’s because science is science, and facts cannot be twisted. Moreover, just as we thought we were getting somewhere, especially in regard to media bias against electronic cigarettes, nope…it seems we have regressed. But more importantly than this, we now have ourselves asking: have we been wrong all along?
If you are a long-time reader of E Cigarette Reviews UK, then you’ll know that we have been a huge proponent of e-cigs (specifically regarding the overall benefits), and particularly when it comes to the health benefits. Our talking points derive from the many scientists who, like us, are keen to show the world how amazing vaping can truly be. But as we all know, science can only have one winner. Has this winner finally been found?
The above question is in fact a bit of hyperbole, because the new study showing that e-cigarettes are potentially as harmful as tobacco cigarettes is just that: *ONE* study. We are sure there will be many more studies to come out about e-cigs, many of which that will be contradictory to this new one.
That said, it’s discouraging to see the results of this new study. This is because the results are pretty conclusive. Generally speaking, most other pieces of e cig research we have come across were conducted in some ridiculous way, completely outside the realm of reality. Here are some good examples of this: example one, example two (there are plenty more of these).
In the news study, the only thing we see that can be ridiculed is the fact that the researchers used a 3d printer. But, the scientists weren’t testing on artificially made lungs (or other human organs). Rather, they were testing for DNA damage/mutations.
The scientists created an electro-optical screening device in their lab that is capable of detecting genotoxicity (DNA damage) in “environmental samples in the field.” How did it work? The researchers used several ‘microwells’ that were embedded into a tiny carbon chip. Think of small individual water wells in the ground. These wells were pre-filled with DAN and reactive human metabolic enzymes. Within these DNA-filled wells, the researchers then dropped tiny samples of e-liquid, some with nicotine and some without, into the wells.
There were a few different findings, but one that was conclusive: “From the results of our study, we can conclude that e-cigarettes have as much potential to cause DNA damage as unfiltered regular cigarettes.” This was said by Karteek Kadimisetty, the study’s lead author.
However (and this is a big however), it’s important to note that a similar study was carried about by researchers, which was published in Mutation Research. This report noted that even after three hours of relentless exposure to vapour, there was “minimal impact” to human cells and DNA.
So, who is right? Are we doomed or is the Mutation Research report the correct one? For now, we wait to see. But until then, we are holding our breath.