A few months ago, a UC San Diego vaping study reportedly found that vapor damaged lung cells. The lead researcher involved in that study attempted to conclude that vaping was as bad as smoking. Almost instantly, the backlash against the study forced researchers to backpedal and admit that the study was deeply flawed. The cells tested were altered and the vapor that was used was not reflective of what a person using an ecigarette would experience.
The study gained instant traction as the media loves to report negative ecig stories. If it bleeds, it leads, right? But before long, the study was thoroughly debunked. Unfortunately, the reputation of vaping in the minds of casual news followers still took a hit. It’s like the say, the headline is on page one and the correction and retraction notice shows up a month later in small print on the bottom of page 25.
Within large segments of the scientific community, however, the UC San Diego study was a total disaster and an embarassing example of what science should not be. Sure, some anti-vaping people like Stanton Glantz liked the study but many credible scientists felt it was a black mark on their profession. This last week, a number of UC San Diego researchers put some distance between themselves and the reporting associated with the December, 2015 study.
What the researchers say
Leading UC San Diego researchers are now saying that vaping is safer than smoking. These researchers are not fans of vaping and they do have concerns. But, when pushed for an estimate, it was stated that vaping is a good 80% safer than smoking. That is not far off of the results of the most comprehensive vaping study in the world to date carried out in the UK in which it was found that vaping is 95% safer than smoking. So, when they say 80%, they are much more in line with where the world science is currently.
Dr. Laura Crotty Alexander is a specialist in lung diseases at UC San Diego. She was a part of the original San Diego study that was widely misreported. She said that cigarette smoke contains several toxic and dangerous chemicals that are not in ecig vapor. Ecigarettes can deliver nicotine without most of the harmful effects of smoking. Dr. Crotty Alexander estimates vaping to be 80% safer than smoking.
US San Diego Pharmocology researcher Ross Corriden admits that it would be hard to argue against the premise that vaping is safer than smoking. Corriden does say that anyone who does not smoke should not take up vaping as a hobby. This idea is shared by the vast majority of the vaping community. At ECCR we always tell people that if you don’t smoke, don’t vape.
The junk science will probably continue in the US for a while because Big Pharma is really starting to see the threat of vaping. More and more people are starting to discover the real answer to the question of whether or not vaping is bad. In the UK, vaping is now the preferred method of smokers trying to kick the habit. Big Pharma is feeling the pinch and their PR machine is in high gear spreading anti-vaping rhetoric and media reports.
So, for every victory for the truth about vaping, we in the vaping community are always expecting the next sensationalized anti-vaping news trend. Ultimately, it is very hard to conceal the truth. Big Pharma and anti-vaping groups are doing a good job of misinfomring the public to promote their agenda, but at the same time vaping is growing stronger than ever. The success of vaping is in the human story of real people who have experienced a new lease on life with vaping. These people are walking talking testements to the truth about ecigs.