In a shocking new study published just a few days ago, there have been several eyebrows raised. The headline was per the usual ones we generally see: “vaping causes cancer, new study warns”. This wasn’t shocking or new. However, the research, which people usually pass over, was highly misleading (again).
The research was conducted in the U.S. and found that cells of mice that were exposed to e-cig vapour for three hours per day showed cell mutations. This cell damage made it very difficult for them to repair themselves. This was then compared to mice that were not exposed to e-cigarette vapour. To make matters worse, the mice were tested against both with and without nicotine within the vapour.
Naturally, we have been fighting the good fight and showing that e-cigarettes are not that harmful – both long term and short term. We still have a wealth of information and studies showing the many benefits of vaping. That’s why we are so perplexed by this new study. It literally goes against every single study that has shown the minimal impacts of e cigarettes, most notably the one where Public Health England said that vaping is 95% safer than tobacco cigarettes. We understand that this means there is still risk, but a 95% drop shouldn’t equate to “cancer causing”.
What we foudn particularly interesting was that the researchers mentioned that these flavours are safe for ingesting but not for inhaling. “Cinnamon, vanilla and butter flavoring chemicals were the most toxic but our research showed that mixing flavors of e-liquids caused by far the most toxicity to white blood cells”, said Dr. Thivanka Muthumalage, the first author of the study.
Something smells fishy and it will take time to both digest and dissect this new piece of research. We’re confident that many pro vaping support groups, including Cancer Research UK (along with other instrumental docto/researchersrs such as Dr. Farsalinos and Clive Bates) will make a full, clear and scientific rebuttal against this piece of “research”.
Anyone truly interested in the future of vaping would be wise to watch this space for updates. That’s exactly what we’re doing.
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