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.
A meta-analysis from Stanton Glantz made the claim that vaping while still smoking actually reduces your odds of quitting, but new data from the UK shows that this isn't true at all.
The issue of reliability in e-cigarette research is being brought into the limelight recently. So, in the manner of “A Rough Guide to Spotting Bad Science,” is there anything we should be on the lookout for when considering the findings of e-cigarette-related studies? Whether by incompetence or by design, there are many common problems with vaping related research - and how its often reported - that any critical reader of the science should keep an eye out for.
Prof. Riccardo Polosa and Dr. Pasquale Caponnetto have had a letter published in the Lancet Oncology this month, after having spotted the sort of editorial you’d expect to see in a misguided tabloid rather than a prestigious journal.
A new study compares vapers to smokers in terms of their exposure to toxic chemicals. Stanton Glantz claims the study shows that most vapers "might as well smoke," but is it true?
A new study looking at one-year quit-rates for smokers purchasing their first e-cigarette has found that around 41 percent quit smoking entirely and another 25 percent reduced their cigarette consumption by at least half. The finding contradicts claims that there is no evidence e-cigarettes help you quit smoking, and joins other research in suggesting that quit-rates with e-cigs dwarf those obtained with over-the-counter NRT.
Yesterday, the Surgeon General released his first report on e-cigarettes, and it comes to completely different conclusions to the Royal College of Physicians' report from earlier this year. Why? Because he puts anti-vaping talking points ahead of the facts.
In a recent study which found that 74 percent of people who started using an e-cigarette didn't smoke a cigarette for at least a few weeks, there was also a more unexpected result. The researchers found a statistically significant difference between the numbers of ex smokers and current smokers using a more advanced tank system.
A new systematic review from Dr. Konstantinos Farsalinos and Prof. Riccardo Polosa looks at 97 pieces of research on e-cigarettes and their ingredients, providing a comprehensive summary of the body of knowledge to date on e-cigs.
A new study looking into the effect of e-cigarette vapor and liquid on the lungs has found evidence of oxidative stress, inflammation and toxicity, and suggests that dripping is likely worse for you than using a clearomizer or tank. The good news is that while e-cigarettes may be worse than air, the study does indicate that e-cigarettes are much safer than cigarettes.
Nicotine replacement therapy (NRT) isn’t as benign as Big Pharma wants you to believe. They may have suckered politicians, doctors and scientists into supporting their trade in an addictive drug, but with my powers of cherry-picking, misrepresentation and lies of omission, I can reveal the truth: NRT is a serious threat to public health.
Another study has called the addiction-based criticisms of vaping into question, suggesting that e-cigarettes are much less addictive than cigarettes and around as addictive as nicotine gum - which isn't particularly addictive at all.
A new piece of research looking at Korean adolescents has led to loud proclamations that e-cigs are a gateway to smoking addiction. The finding echoes concerns of late from hysterical anti-smoking campaigners and groups such as the CDC that e-cigs are some type of Trojan horse through which smoking is going to re-capture society.
A new piece of research has been released suggesting that the primary benefit of e-cigarettes, that they help people quit smoking, isn’t true when it comes to cancer patients.
The New England Journal of Medicine formaldehyde study made a lot of people scared about formaldehyde in e-cig vapor. The research was heavily criticized, but the authors brushed off issues as "speculation." They can't do that anymore. Now yet another peer-reviewed study has clearly demonstrated that the original study's method was massively flawed.
A new study from the UK looks at the effectiveness of different methods for quitting smoking using real-world data. The results show that vaping is the most effective approach, helping more smokers quit than Chantix, NRT and all other approaches.
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.
A new study looks at data from over 13,000 smokers and former smokers in the EU, finding that daily vapers are much more likely than non-vapers to have quit smoking in the past five years.
The new data from the 2013 National Youth Tobacco Survey hasn't generated as much misinformed panic as the 2012 survey, because while it shows a marked increase in "current" vaping, smoking is continuing to decline. Perhaps the figures just aren’t scary enough this time around…