We’ve just passed the halfway point of the year, which means that it’s a great time to take a step back and examine the many ways in which vaping has been studied during the second quarter of 2019. As vaping becomes a more and more massive industry, more researchers are eager to test its effects as well as the many ways in which it compares to smoking cigarettes. This means that during the second quarter, some groundbreaking studies were conducted.
Below, you’ll find out about the three most pro-vaping studies that we’ve come across during the second quarter. Each one is unique, focusing on a different aspect of vaping, but all three studies work together to demonstrate that this industry is legitimate and that it can change peoples’ lives.
Vaping Study #1: As Vaping Becomes More and More Popular in the United Kingdom, the Number of Smokers Continues to Plummet Significantly
A recent study performed in the United Kingdom has shown that there is a strong link between the increasing popularity of vaping and the decreasing numbers of people who smoke. The study, performed by Public Health England, aimed to show that vaping can indeed serve as a replacement for smoking. The data indicates that people have been able to successfully quit cigarettes for good thanks to the accessibility of e-cigarettes and vaping devices in the United Kingdom.
The study went on to show that despite what many believe, vaping does not seem to act as a gateway to smoking cigarettes among the teenage population. According to Public Health England, data does not indicate a link between vaping’s popularity and an increase in teen smoking. This is interesting since the FDA’s main argument against vaping is that it primarily appeals to teenagers, and that teenagers are more likely to develop a smoking habit due to the gateway nature of the vaping industry.
Vaping Study #2: Smoking Cigarettes Can Have Damaging Effects on the Neuroimmune System
As the vaping industry continues to climb, researchers continue to find new ways in which the tobacco in cigarettes is extremely harmful to the body. Needless to say, this only helps the vaping industry as e-liquids are not anything like cigarette tobacco.
A new study has given us insight into the way in which smoking harms the neuroimmune system. This system links the immune system’s function to that of the neurological system, and it can explain why smokers are more likely to become sick and more likely to experience decreased cognitive function. Basically, the study breaks down how specific toxins found in cigarette smoke prevent the body from fighting infections, while also damaging crucial cognitive processes like memory, concentration and motivation.
It’s worth pointing out that none of the toxins examined in this study are present in e-cigarettes or vape juices.
Vaping Study #3: Second-Hand Vapor is Not Nearly as Toxic as Second-Hand Cigarette Smoke
One of the most exciting studies to come out during the second quarter of 2019 was funded by JUUL and shows that second-hand vapor is not as harmful as second-hand cigarette smoke. JUUL had been under fire from the FDA recently because of the statistics showing that teenagers were taking an interest in the vaping system, and so the company made it their mission to use their profits to fund a large number of studies that compare the effects of smoking to the effects of vaping. This study is the first of many.
According to the study, emissions from e-cigarette vapor contain 99 percent fewer toxins than the emissions from cigarette smoke. Toxins like carbon monoxide and formaldehyde were tested. This puts to rest the myth that second-hand vapor is just as dangerous to inhale as the smoke from a nearby cigarette.
It’s worth noting that the study found that propylene glycol made up the majority of second-hand vapor, because it’s one of the leading ingredients that is found in e-liquid. However, it’s also important to point out that propylene glycol is an FDA-approved substance that’s found in many household items and foods that we consume on a regular basis.
Why These Studies Matter
In the United States, vaping isn’t exactly welcomed with open arms. While many countries around the world have fully embraced this industry because of its ability to take the place of the tobacco industry, here in America, the market continues to struggle to find its footing. This is largely because of the FDA’s disinterest in treating e-cigarettes and vaping setups as legitimate alternatives to smoking.
The problem is that the vaping industry needs to thrive in order to continue offering its products to consumers who wish to quit smoking, and in order to thrive, the FDA must be behind it. Studies like the ones listed above help the industry by providing the FDA with legitimate science-backed research. These studies can be used to influence the FDA’s decisions regarding the future of the vaping industry.
Here’s to an Even More Vape-Positive Third Quarter!
As we begin to anticipate the second half of the year, we hope to see more vape-friendly studies during the third quarter and through the rest of 2019. The vaping industry needs these studies, especially here in the United States, if the FDA and other major organizations are going to continue to permit vaping to be as accessible as possible. So, continue to look out for studies about vaping in the meantime, and hope that they continue to influence public opinion regarding the industry for the better.