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Harm Reduction: The Real Impact of Vaping

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Similar to the blog post we wrote last week, Truth Is Power: Getting The Facts Right About Vaping, we would like to continue to give the vape community additional perspectives and unreported facts that relate to vaping. 

This week, the article that we will be sharing is titled “Public Health Consequences of E-Cigarettes”, published by the National Academy of Science, Engineering, and Medicine (NAS) in January 2018. 

With support from the Center for Tobacco Products of the Food and Drug Administration (FDA), the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine convened an expert committee to conduct a critical, objective review of the scientific evidence about e-cigarettes and health. Here are some of the important highlights that can be gathered from the published article based on this study:

  • Although e-cigarettes are not without risk, compared to combustible tobacco they do contain fewer toxicants. 
  • E-cigarettes also show significantly less biological activity in most, but not all, in vitro, animal, and human systems.
  • E-cigarettes might be useful as a cessation aid in smokers who use e-cigarettes exclusively. 

These highlights are a good example of the point that most vapers seem to be trying to get across. Vaping itself is not without harm, but the key point is that it reduces the kind of risks you are exposed to by smoking federally regulated combustible cigarettes. As Greg Conley, the President of the  American Vaping Association, said, the core point of vaping is about harm reduction. The main intent is to reduce the dangers that cigarette smokers would otherwise be exposed to. 

Take a deeper dive into the NAS article to learn more about the findings of the study. Click here to read the full article and learn more. 

As always, remember that staying educated about vaping is the key to stopping the spread of misinformation!

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