• The One-Puff “Gateway Effect:” Three Studies, One Fatal Error

    By Lindsay Fox Posted June 15, 2016
    E-Cigs Gateway Effect

    A new study has led to some predictable, tiresome claims that e-cigarettes are a gateway to smoking, but it commits a laughable error also found in two other recent gateway studies: focusing on students who’ve taken a single puff of an e-cigarette rather than anything approaching regular use.

  • The CDC’s Misguided, Dangerous and Dishonest War on Vaping

    By Lindsay Fox Posted May 20, 2016
    CDC E-Cig Studies

    While in the UK, the Royal College of Physicians and Public Health England wholeheartedly endorse vaping and actively refute many of the absurd claims made in opposition of e-cigs, the CDC’s prohibitionist, alarmist mindset continues unabated.

  • Minimum Effort, Maximum Impact: The Anti-Vaping Junk Science of Rebecca Williams

    By Lindsay Fox Posted April 17, 2016
    Bad Science on Vaping

    If you want a constant stream of junk science on a topic, one thing you’ll need is some researchers willing to crank out a shoddy paper in support of your cause, ideally without putting too much work into it. And the University of North Carolina’s Rebecca Williams has mastered the art.

  • 20,000 More UK Smokers Quit in 2014 Thanks to Vaping

    By Lee Johnson Posted March 2, 2016
    Vaping Helps Cut Smoking Rates

    If you believe the stuff you hear about vaping in the media or from many of those in public health and tobacco control, you’d think that e-cigarettes were going to be a bad thing for the population. But a new analysis of UK data has revealed that e-cigarettes have led to an additional 16,000 to 22,000 smokers quitting in 2014 alone.

  • 5 Vaping Researchers Who Clearly Don’t Understand Vaping

    By Lee Johnson Posted February 6, 2016
    E-Cig Researchers' Knowledge of E-Cigs

    If there was one rule for conducting scientific studies on a topic, it would be to make sure you understand it first. But with e-cigarettes, that is not what happens. All too frequently, vaping researchers know almost nothing about vaping, and the result is invariably a study that ends up discouraging smokers from making the switch. Here are some of the worst offenders.

  • Gateway to Smoking? Most Teen Vapers Don’t Even Use Nicotine

    By Lindsay Fox Posted December 17, 2015
    E-Cigarette Use by Teens Study

    For those intent on claiming that e-cigs are a gateway to conventional cigarettes, the new Monitoring the Future study has a pretty devastating result: it turns out, most teen vapers don’t even use nicotine.

  • Study Finds Teens Are Using E-Cigs For Pot: A Gateway, or Harm Reduction?

    By Lee Johnson Posted September 11, 2015
    Teens using e-cigs for pot

    It shouldn’t come as a surprise that a recent study found that teenagers are using e-cigarettes to vape pot. The headline finding is that almost one in five teens who’d tried vaping e-liquid had also tried vaping marijuana, but – as always – such an opportunity couldn’t be allowed to pass by without attempting to blame e-cigarettes for what happened. So, are e-cigarettes a gateway to marijuana now?

  • Center for Environmental Health’s E-Cig Formaldehyde Findings Likely Due to Dry Puffs

    By Lindsay Fox Posted September 4, 2015
    E-cigarettes formaldehyde report

    Just when you thought the whole formaldehyde issue had been abused enough, utterly debunked by subsequent research and relegated to the slush-pile of over-stated risks of e-cigarettes, it turns out there’s more. The Center for Environmental Health has announced that they’ve found “high levels” of cancer-causing chemicals in the majority of almost 100 e-cigarettes tested.

  • New Study: How to “Show” E-Cigarettes Are a Gateway to Anything You Like

    By Lindsay Fox Posted August 25, 2015
    Vaping gateway effect evidence

    A new study being touted as evidence that vaping is a gateway to smoking really only shows that “teens who experiment continue to experiment,” and actually provides a pretty solid blueprint for showing vaping is a gateway to anything you want. Here’s how to design a study to “support” whatever gateway claim you like.

  • Public Health England: E-Cigarettes Are 95 % Less Harmful Than Cigarettes

    By Lee Johnson Posted August 20, 2015
    Vaping 95 percent safer than smoking

    With widespread claims that e-cigarettes are a threat to public health, evidence-based assessments of the risks are desperately needed. Public Health England has just released such an assessment – updating their previous report in line with new evidence – and is strongly pushing the conclusion that e-cigarettes are 95 percent less harmful than smoking.

  • Is Nicotine Really All That Addictive?

    By Lindsay Fox Posted August 2, 2015
    Nicotine addiction vaping

    The picture frequently painted for the public is that nicotine alone creates the addiction to smoking, and that nicotine in itself – whether consumed by smoking or vaping – is hugely addictive. But is this really true? Here’s everything you need to know about e-cigarettes and nicotine addiction.

  • Study Finds That Some DIY Juice Flavorings Contain Nicotine

    By Lindsay Fox Posted July 29, 2015
    DIY E-Juice Concentrates Nicotine

    A new study takes aim at flavoring mixtures used for DIY e-liquid mixing, finding that some concentrated flavors contain nicotine. However, with only an uninformative extract available, the details about what they found are fuzzy. We take a look at the full paper, which shows that only two flavor concentrates out of 30 contained quantifiable levels of nicotine.

  • Study Shows E-Cig Vapor Isn’t Toxic to Airways, But it (Obviously) Isn’t as Safe as Air

    By Lindsay Fox Posted July 16, 2015
    E-cigarette inhalation toxicity study

    A new study looking at the effect of e-cigarette vapor on human airway cells has found no sign of toxicity, with the vapor-exposed cells faring about as well as the air-exposed ones. The new finding adds further evidence that the risks associated with vaping are likely to be very small, and almost certainly much less than the risks of smoking.

  • Study Says E-Cig Ads Are “Persuading” Teens to Vape… Finds No Convincing Evidence At All

    By Lindsay Fox Posted July 9, 2015
    E-Cig Ads Targeting Youth

    A new study aims to further the anti-vaping agenda by combining two of the sources of the most indignation about the technology: advertising and the children. Stanton Glantz called the study “direct evidence that e-cig TV ads are recruiting kids to nicotine addiction,” but, as with most things that come out of his mouth, this is pretty much complete nonsense.

  • New UK Data Shows More Smokers Are Being Misled About E-Cigarettes

    By Lee Johnson Posted May 28, 2015
    study - public misinformed on e-cigarettes

    New data from ASH UK has shown that – much like in the US – the false belief that e-cigarettes are as dangerous as or more dangerous than smoking is becoming more common in both smokers and the general population. The implication is depressingly clear: frequent misleading statements about e-cigarettes are discouraging smokers from switching to the reduced harm alternative.

  • Study Confirms that the E-Cig Formaldehyde Scare was Due to Dry Puffs

    By Lindsay Fox Posted May 21, 2015
    vaping formaldehyde dry puffs

    A new study from Dr. Konstantinos Farsalinos has offered confirmation that previous formaldehyde scares were due to “dry puffs,” and that with more capable atomizers (even at high powers), the levels generated are vastly lower than from cigarettes. The study shows that vapers can easily identify dry puffs, and it’s only in these conditions that cigarette-like levels of aldehydes are created.

  • Study – Are Vapers at Risk from Exposure to Metals? Not Really

    By Lindsay Fox Posted May 15, 2015
    e-cigarette metal levels study

    A new study from Dr. Konstantinos Farsalinos looking at existing evidence on the metal emissions from e-cigarettes has determined that vapers don’t need to be concerned about metal exposure. Vapers’ exposure to chromium, cadmium, copper, nickel, lead and cadmium was found to be between 2.6 and 37.4 times lower than the maximum allowable levels in inhalable medicines.

  • New CDC Data Shoots It’s Own Gateway Hypothesis in the Foot

    By Lindsay Fox Posted April 20, 2015
    teen vaper

    The CDC has released the next set of National Youth Tobacco Survey data, and despite spending the last few years continually harping on about the rising use of e-cigarette by youth and its potential as a gateway to smoking, the “concern” is growing less and less believable, as the data strongly suggests that e-cigarettes are actually causing dramatic declines in youth smoking.

  • Study – Should Vapers Worry About the Flavoring Chemicals in E-Liquid?

    By Lindsay Fox Posted April 18, 2015
    vaping food flavoring inhalation

    A new study has investigated the flavoring chemicals in e-liquids, and has generated some concern in the media about their risks, with Time using the headline “E-cigarette flavors may be dangerous, study says.” But is this another example of overstating a minor risk for the purpose of spreading mistrust of e-cigs, or is there actually something to it?

  • Study – E-Cigarettes are Less Toxic to Lung Cells than Tobacco Cigarettes

    By Lindsay Fox Posted April 13, 2015
    e-cigarette study lung cells

    A new study has offered further evidence of the harm reduction potential of e-cigarettes, finding that e-cig vapor is less toxic to lung cells than cigarette smoke, and that it also produces less oxidative stress.