Is vaping safer than smoking?
While vaping isn’t thought to be 100% safe, most experts think it’s less dangerous than conventional cigarettes says Dr. Neal Benowitz, a nicotine researcher at the University of California in San Francisco.
E-cigs don’t burn, so people aren’t as exposed to those toxins. A 2015 expert review from Public Health England estimated e-cigs are 95% less harmful than the real thing.
Kenneth Warner, a policy researcher at the University of Michigan adds that: “The worst critics of e-cigarettes would probably argue they’re a half to two-thirds less dangerous. But from a practical view, they’re probably on the order of 80% to 85% less dangerous, at least.”
On the subject of second hand smoking, that is, inhalation of smoke by other people who are in the immediate vicinity of smokers, while tobacco smoking is well known to cause harm to others in the vicinity, when it comes to vaping the risk is “probably very low” according to Warner.
Warner continues by saying that while there is no certainty that vaping helps people quit from smoking indefinitely, some convincing evidence shows that e-cigarettes are helping people quit smoking.
Source: WebMD. Picture Credits: http://vaping360.com/juul/