Since the proliferation and growing popularity of e-cigarettes, the number of institutions and individuals engaged in studies on the effects of vapor, on lungs and health, is also growing. Most recently, this was impressively demonstrated by the
Documentary "A Billion Lives" whose German premiere u.a. was sponsored by InnoCigs. Particularly interesting is also the analysis of the effects, in relation to the conventional cigarette with tobacco. That the inhaled vapor of the liquids is much less harmful than the smoke of a tobacco cigarette has already been proven by numerous studies and tests. That has u.a. to do with the fact that, in contrast to tobacco cigarettes, there is no combustion process when vaporizing liquids. This eliminates all the harmful components of smoke, such as formaldehyde and about 250 other harmful substances. However, since there is often still the – incorrect – widespread opinion that long-term studies are lacking, the sometimes one-sided and incorrect media reporting in particular continues to cause uncertainty among vapor users and potential switchers. For example, a WHO statement on formaldehyde in e-cigarettes , which in retrospect turned out to be a hoax. A closer look at recent studies and research on electronic cigarettes and aerosol should also quickly dispel most concerns. We've taken a look at the most important developments for you and u.a. in a Infographic on the effects of vapor and numerous contributions compiled. There are also links to the original studies and other interesting analyses.
The other question raised from the outset is about the effectiveness of electric cigarettes as a Means for smoking cessation . As with so many things, the right answer usually arises for each person themselves. After all, each institution also tries to use the studies to support its own position. That's why it's always best to form your own picture. Its usefulness as a smoking cessation aid, for example, also depends on how much you smoked previously.
"For heavy smokers who do not manage to quit and who are desperate because of it, the e-cigarette is certainly an alternative. That is as clear as day. Before a heavy smoker ingests the toxic mixture of a tobacco cigarette, the e-cigarette is actually associated with a reduction in risk."
– Dr. Martina Potschke-Langer ( Interview with Judith Hartl )
It can be noted that while there are currently no long-term studies on the effects of vaporizingE-cigarettes. However, initial in vitro studies have shown that e-cigarette vapor is definitely less toxic than cigarette smoke, in some cases even barely distinguishable from stale breath. A very big difference that is often forgotten: Vapor from e-cigarettes resp. Aerosol is portable for the repair competence of the body. Remains in the body for the most part. Also, vapor is produced only if actively vaporized as well. So little vapor is released into indoor air, unlike cigarettes. Even for third parties, according to current research, the vapor does not pose a health risk, in contrast to cigarette smoke. The whole study from Cultex read now (English).
What was tested:
– Aerosol of an e-liquid from Johnsons Creek (Hartland, WI, USA) with the flavor "Tennessee Cured" at zero percent and 2.4 percent nicotine strength, respectively. The listed ingredients were: "USP grade propylene glycol, USP grade vegetable glycerol, deionized water, natural flavors, artificial flavors, USP grade nicotine (not in 0.0%), USP grade citric acid (as a preservative)"
– 99.5% pure propylene glycol and glycerine from the manufacturer Alfa Aesar (Karlsruhe, Germany)
– Tobacco smoke from 3R4F reference cigarettes with standard filters, produced by Kentucky University, Lexington, KY, USA
A pleasant side effect of the vapor is also that the indoor air is much less polluted, also in terms of odor. Perceptible odors are usually limited to the flavoring substances contained in the liquid.
Recent blog articles on e-cigarettes& Health
E-cigarette study 2021: The e-cigarette is significantly more effective for successful smoking cessation compared to tobacco replacement products such as nicotine patches or gum. Scientifically, this statement could already be proven in 2019 a study by the London Wolfson Institute of Preventive Medicine of the clinical psychologist Prof. Peter Hajek. A recent study from Queen Mary University of London in 2021 now backs up these findings. One reason for this is that the e-cigarette is much more like the classic tobacco cigarette in terms of haptics and habitual use.
Infographic – here's how quitting smoking affects your health
Eight years later, calls from scientists, researchers and health experts are growing louder to socially and publicly promote and exploit the opportunities and potential that e-cigarettes bring for global Tobacco Harm Reduction. They ame that the electric cigarette can make a major contribution to tobacco harm reduction and significantly reduce the worldwide mass death of smokers. In the recent past, the supreme Belgian health council Conseil superieur de la sante had to deal with 200 new studies on the subject of “e-cigarettes & health” and “e-cigarettes & health” respectively. the consumption of the electric alternative to smoking. In October 2015, the 40 health experts came to the conclusion that vaporizing actually helps people quit smoking and demanded that it should not be more difficult to obtain e-cigarettes than conventional tobacco cigarettes. In this context Legal situation & laws on e-cigarettes after many years finally clearer and more. The legitimate sale of e-cigarettes. Liquids was legally final set in stone in May 2016.
The vapor makes the difference
Cigarette smoke around 95% more harmful than e-cigarette vapor
So it is definitely clear that vaporizing is not the same as smoking a conventional tobacco cigarette. This is due to the Function & the components of an e-cigarette which do not burn tobacco but vaporize liquids, which do not even contain nicotine in all cases, with the aid of heating coils. Because with the burn of a cigarette approximately 4.800 substances, of which approx. 250 have been proven to be toxic or carcinogenic. This process is omitted when vaporizing e-cigarettes.
25 harmful substances in cigarette smoke
IngredientHealth consequences Acetaldehyde carcinogenic, irritates respiratory tract Acrylonitrile carcinogenic, irritates mucous membranes Ammonia irritates respiratory tract Arsenic carcinogenic, irritates respiratory tract Benzene carcinogenic Hydrocyanic Lead carcinogenic 1, 3-butadiene carcinogenic cadmium carcinogenic quinoline irritating nose and throat formaldehyde carcinogenic hydrazine carcinogenic p-hydroquinone carcinogenic carbon monoxide blocks oxygen transport naphthalene carcinogenic, irritates respiratory tract Nickel carcinogenic, irritates respiratory tract Nitromethane carcinogenic N-nitrosamine carcinogenic Phenol carcinogenic, irritates mucous membranes Polonium 210radiotoxic Polycyclic hydrocarbon carcinogenic Styrene carcinogenic Toluene irritates respiratory tract
This information was compiled by the German Cancer Research Center together with the US Environmental Protection Agency in the 2008 publication Tobacco Smoke – a Poisonous Mixture . For a better understanding, in the following paragraphs we still go into detail about the results of this and other studies on the danger of e-cigarettes and have transformed the listing of the ingredients of tobacco smoke and their consequences for health into a clear infographic.
Studies on e-cigarettes & health
The e-cigarette – how harmful is the electric alternative to smoking?? Many older and more recent studies prove that e-cigarettes are largely harmless to health and that vaporizing is much less harmful than smoking conventional tobacco cigarettes. Experts estimate a much lower health risk of 95% or a factor of 20, respectively. The reason for this is already alone in the fundamentally different modes of operation. When smoked, tobacco is burned along with the paper tube, producing smoke. In addition to nicotine and flavorings, the inhaled smoke also contains carbon monoxide, tar and arsenic, as well as thousands of other toxic substances, some of which are highly carcinogenic. In vaporizing, on the other hand, a flavored e-liquid, which is available with or without nicotine, is heated by a heating coil and vaporized. So there is no combustion. This is responsible for the conventional cigarette for the emergence of toxic combustion substances that have a harmful effect on the human body. As early as 1976, when e-cigarettes were still unthinkable, the university professor Michael Russell stated in one of his scientific studies: “People smoke for nicotine but they die from the tar
Are electric cigarettes harmful? Harmless from a toxicological point of view!
Comparison of the ingredients of e-cigarette liquids & tobacco cigarette smoke
In 2006, in the context of the planned introduction of an electronic cigarette for smoking cessation (patent specification EP1618803) on the European market, an expert opinion was submitted to the renowned O. Univ.-Prof. Dr. Bernd Mayer of the Institute of Pharmacology in Graz, Austria. Toxicology commissioned. Bernd Mayer of the Graz Institute of Pharmacology. Toxicology commissioned. The focus of his investigations was on the assessment of an expected pharmacological and toxicological effect of the product. Mayer presented these aspects relevant to health in his paper Expert Opinion on Pharmacology. toxicology of an electronic cigarette for smoking cessation.
In summary, he comes to the conclusion that the effect of e-cigarettes on health does not have a negative impact. Based on his research, the expert states: as with other nicotine replacement products, the toxicity of the 'Electric Cigarette' is limited to the effects of nicotine. Since there is no combustion process, there is no exposure to other toxic and, above all, carcinogenic foreign substances contained in tobacco smoke. Therefore, the health risk is much lower than the use of tobacco products. Apart from the nicotine content, the 'electric cigarette' can be rated as toxicologically harmless.
Vapor affects lung tie, like stale air
This is how the vapor of an e-cigarette affects the lung tie
By means of a very elaborate laboratory experiment, whose Results were published in July 2015 , studied the internationally highly respected MatTek Corporation, How and whether vapor from an electronic cigarette affects human lung tie. The world's leading company produces innovative, 3D-reconstructed human cell tie models. For their series of experiments, the researchers combined a "smoking robot" with artificially replicated human respiratory tie. The ingredients of vapor, which opponents of e-cigarettes consider to be cell-irritating, were evaluated for the first time in an unbiased manner using a special aerosol exposure system. With the help of the smoking robot, the inhalation of classic tobacco smoke, of the vapor from two different e-cigarettes and of conventional stale air into the lungs was simulated. Lung tie exposed to tobacco smoke for 6 hours reduced cell viability to 12%, which means almost complete cell death. Cell tie exposed to an aggressive and continuous dose of e-cigarette vapor showed only a minimal damage. The same was shown in the lung tie used to simulate the inhalation of stale air. The series of experiments impressively demonstrated that the electric cigarette does not pose a significant risk to respiratory health. In addition, the discussion that opponents like to lead about an allegedly enormously cell-damaging effect of e-cigarette vapor could be refuted.
One of the latest and probably most important independent expert studies dealing with the topic of e-cigarettes and health comes from Public Health England. Public Health England is the executive agency of the Department of Health in England. Acts in the service of public health.
Their findings on the health assessment of electric cigarettes are as follows:
– Public Health England did not find a single piece of scientific evidence for the claim that e-cigarettes are a gateway product for young people or non-smokers, which could tempt them into tobacco consumption
– Inhaling e-cigarette vapor is about 95% less harmful to health than inhaling tobacco smoke
– so far, less than half of the English population (44.8%) has realized that using e-cigarettes is significantly less harmful to health than smoking tobacco
– almost all of the 2.6 million adult users of e-cigarettes in the UK are smokers or ex-smokers
– Electric cigarettes have great potential to help smokers quit smoking and give up tobacco cigarettes
The study, prepared by Professor Ann McNeill and Professor Peter Hajek, further suggests that e-cigarettes can help dramatically reduce smoking rates and thus make a significant contribution to improving public health. Public Health England, with their evidence, gives a huge rebuke to all opponents who publicly spread misinformation about e-cigarettes & health – à la they are at least as harmful as tobacco cigarettes, if not more so.
Accordingly, Professor Peter Hajek (Queen Mary University London) concludes on the subject of e-cigarettes and health: "From my point of view, the scientific evidence suggests that smokers who switch to e-cigarettes eliminate almost all of the health risks associated with smoking."
Regulation & ban of e-liquid flavors
Sensible measure or pure harassment?
The draft bill to regulate e-cigarettes, known as TPD2, also calls for the banning of numerous flavors and flavorings contained in e-liquids. Information on whether these bans are at all justified or sensible from a fact-based scientific point of view is provided by another scientific expert opinion by the respected university professor Dr. Mayer, who teaches at the Karl-Franzen University in Graz, Austria. On behalf of the Alliance for Tobacco-Free Enjoyment e.V. In November 2015, it ied an opinion on the draft law's requirement to ban numerous, harmless flavoring substances that may be contained in liquids. If one considers them in the context of e-cigarettes and health, then at this point the reference should not be missing that already today very much attention is paid to the composition of the E-Liquids. The flavors used are subject to the strictest controls. usually even have food approval according to EU directives.
Mayer states in his Expert opinion first states by way of introduction that e-cigarettes – due to the lack of combustion process of burnt tobacco and their proven harmful ingredients in vaping – do not pose a "risk of developing potentially fatal tobacco-associated diseases such as cancer and COPD".
The toxicologist goes on to detail the flavors and ingredients involved and concludes that there is no factual justification for a ban. Substances such as toxic oils from the leaves are exceptions. The bark of laurel plants as well as additives with CMR properties. CMR stands for substances that are classified as carcinogenic or mutagenic or have a harmful effect on reproduction or. human development.
For all other flavors and ingredients that would be banned in liquids under the legislation, such as menthol, eucalyptus, or vitamins and additives that the bill says "create the impression" that e-cigarette use has health benefits or poses less health risks than tobacco cigarettes. And this despite the fact that even the head of the WHO Collaborating Center for Tobacco Control at the DKFZ has personally emphasized on several occasions that the vapor from e-cigarettes is much less harmful than tobacco smoke, even when comparing the ingredients. The conclusion of the respected toxicologist falls on the basis of the factual. Objectively not justifiable ban demand very critical from. The vast majority of flavors and ingredients that are to be banned or regulated do not give cause for concern that e-cigarettes will impair health or have a harmful effect. The draft is essentially just about stripping e-cigarettes of their appeal and discrediting their health benefits, which should even be promoted by the government, she said. Due to the positive properties that the electric cigarette brings with it, especially for smokers who are switching to tobacco, Dr. Mayer sees the ban on flavorings in the draft bill as a threat to public health: "The present draft bill contradicts the government's commitment to preventive health care. Due to a lack of justification, the draft is not compatible with the principle of the rule of law. It is apparently the government's goal to make e-cigarettes as unattractive as possible, thereby discouraging smokers from making the potentially life-saving switch to a nicotine consumption alternative that is orders of magnitude less harmful."Due to these circumstances, the draft bill is to be considered "unlawful and unethical" according to the expert. Against this backdrop, it should be clear that the regulation of liquids and e-cigarettes respectively with.
On the aroma ie, Martina Potschke-Langer spoke out again at the beginning of December 2015. It demands, as among other things the German pharmacist newspaper with reference to a report of the DPA unreflektiert published, that liquids for E-cigarettes are to taste in the future by legislation only after tobacco to be permitted. However, with this demand, which Potschke-Langer makes under the guise of protecting children and young people, she is massively interfering with the aromatic diversity of vapor, which is so highly valued by smokers who are switching to e-cigarettes. Only very few people stay with tobacco flavors after making the switch, but later prefer so-called tasties or liquids with fruit flavors. This is a process that most ex-smokers go through, which suggests that over time they also want to mentally detach themselves from tobacco cigarettes and the associated taste. But these flavors are what entice children and teens to start vaping, cancer researcher says.
Since a ban on the sale of e-cigarettes to minors will come into force in Germany in the course of sensible regulation, however, there is no real basis at all for Potschke-Langer's polemical argumentation. What would remain, however, should your demand make it into legislation, would be an extreme encroachment on the self-determination of adult vaporists and the danger that smoking numbers will increase again, because vaporizing will then indeed have lost its appeal for switchers.
As the discussions about the ingredients and flavors of e-liquids show, it has long since ceased to be a matter-of-fact debate about whether or not e-cigarettes are harmful to health. Instead, extreme opponents are simply doing everything they can to prevent the electric cigarette from becoming established. And this despite the fact that the switch to vapor would very quickly have a very positive impact on the health of former smokers.
Conclusion: consequences of e-cigarettes for health
The e-cigarette market is repeatedly exposed to false reports about the electric cigarette, which not infrequently contribute to a great deal of unfounded damage to its reputation. Of course, InnoCigs, as a manufacturer of e-cigarettes, does care about this. The air for misleading reports and expressions of opinion, which evade any factual and factual basis, becomes however – thanks to independent scientific research and studies – ever thinner. Meanwhile, more and more reputable health experts and public health institutions are also making the case for e-cigarettes based on verifiable facts and evidence. Because these research findings strongly demonstrate that e-cigarettes do not cause harm to public health, but quite the opposite – as an effective means to stop smoking worldwide – they make a very important contribution to societal recovery. Thus, with the information provided here, we hope to answer the questions "Is the consumption of e-cigarettes harmful??" or "Are e-cigarettes dangerous for your health?? " sufficiently. To have answered informatively.
For we from InnoCigs are very pleased to be part of this positive public health development with our work and products!
The E-cigarettes from InnoCigs embody a health-conscious lifestyle – in comparison to smoking tobacco cigarettes – that has become increasingly important in recent years. The vast majority of our customers are ex-smokers and are justifiably proud to have made the switch to the electric cigarette for the benefit of their own health. But there are also skeptics who consciously or unconsciously reject e-cigarettes without really knowing much about them. In addition, since the market launch of the electric cigarette, questions such as "Are e-cigarettes harmful??"or "How dangerous are e-cigarettes??" speculates. As a manufacturer, we at InnoCigs are not only experts in the field of e-cigarettes, but our name also stands for responsible conduct. For us, it goes without saying that we always keep our knowledge up to date and intensively deal with studies and research on the subject of electric cigarettes and health. We would like to share this knowledge with you in this article, which is about vapor & health, and at the same time keep you up to date with the latest developments.