Media Offers Questionable Science on Vaping ‘Dangers’

In late December, the UK’s Daily Telegraph came out with a tremendously inaccurate article on possible dangers of e-cigarettes. Even though many experts and vapers have complained about the inaccuracies in the article, there have been no corrections issued.

The most outrageous aspect of the article was the headline that stated that e-cigs are as dangerous as smoking tobacco, according to ‘scientists.’ However, the fact is, only one scientist offered her personal opinion that that is the case, and that was in a press release. That quote was not part of the clinical study being done.

The study never stated that there was any evidence that vaping harms people. There was only evidence that there was harm in some cell cultures.

But if someone is going to understand that fine point about e-cigarette research, it would help if the author actually read the study. There was an incorrect journal reference in the article, so it is not certain that the author even read it. The story just used personal quotes from the press release of the scientist and did not make clear that the scientist had never been interviewed.

The fact is that there is plenty of evidence that vaping is much less harmful than tobacco. Using e-cigarettes also helps many people to stop smoking cigarettes, which have long been known to cause deadly cancers and heart problems.

One study on e-cigs claims that smoking them is 95% less harmful than smoking tobacco. The study also suggests that there is no evidence that e-cigarettes are encouraging children to start smoking. This study was done in the UK, and it showed that almost all of the 2.6 million adults vaping in the UK used to smoke cigarettes.

It really is too early to say if vaping is completely harmless, or simply much less harmful than smoking tobacco. Much more research needs to be done before a conclusion can be drawn.

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