Vaping has been declared as a healthier alternative to smoking cigarettes, and for smokers that are desperate to quit, the benefits far outweigh the negatives. However, with recent bad press linking E-Liquids to incidents of lung disease and death, what do we need to know about the risks attached?
What do we know to be True?
We know that E-Liquids play a huge part in aiding tobacco smokers to quit smoking, and with over 8 million tobacco smokers dying each year, this couldn’t come soon enough. The NHS and Public Health England are both in support of vaping over smoking as reports are currently showing that vaping is 95% less damaging than smoking.
Following on from the recent bad press received, the CDC (Centre for Disease Control and Prevention) in the US, issued a report confirming over 1000 cases of vaping associated lung injuries and 34 deaths. Vitamin E Acetate, a very oily chemical, added to a number of tetrahydrocannabinol (THC) liquids was found in every sample of lung fluid tested from affected patients. 86% of the affected patients had used the THC (CBD) products in the 3 months prior.
In the UK we have the most comprehensive systems of regulation for e-cigarette products in the world, any CBD products within the UK have to contain less than 0.2% of THC to be legally compliant which is why there have been no vaping related deaths confirmed and officials continue to advocate e-cigarettes as an effective was to quit smoking.
Whilst Tobacco smoke contains around 7000 chemicals, with at least 70 of which directly and irrefutably linked to developing cancer, only an average of 6 chemicals are found in a range of e-liquids that may present any risk at all.
There are a number of countries that have banned the use of e-cigarettes over the growing health concerns, unfortunately e-cigarettes are unlikely to be risk free, therefore we need more research to find out if the chemicals are of a high enough level to be a health risk. It is, however, clear that the risks are much lower than continuing to smoke tobacco.