A new study published in the Dec. 2014 issue of Regulatory Toxicology and Pharmacology found conclusive data that the vapor emitted from e-cigs and personal vapor devices is non-toxic. In other words, vaping is safe.
In fact, the research found that inhaling vapor emitted from electronic vaping devices was about as harmful as breathing in normal air. The study measured the amount of harmful and potentially harmful constituents (hphc) released by both e-cigarettes, and traditional cigarettes, while using normal room air as a control.
The data found that “the deliveries of HPHCs tested for these e-cigarette products were similar to the study air blanks rather than to deliveries from conventional cigarettes”.
More importantly, the study also found that traditional cigarettes contain 1500 times more hphc’s than popular e-cig products. The electronic cigarette devices that were used in the study were the popular Blu e-cig and the U.K. based Sky brand.
Eight kinds of harmful toxins were measured including carbon monoxide and heavy metals. Even though there have been many claims vapor devices give off heavy metal toxins, the data found vapor to be relatively equal with normal air quality.
The study only focused on measuring data on the vapor emitted by devices themselves. They did not conduct any research on the biological impact of vaping such as its effect on the respiratory system.
While these findings do not prove that the practice of vaping is safe overall, the study does disprove many of the claims made in the California Public health department report on e-cigs and vaping released in January 2015.
The report was approved by department Director Dr. Ron Chapman and labeled vaping as a “community health threat” and claimed “e-cigarettes do not emit a harmless water vapor, but a concoction of chemicals toxic to human cells in the form of aersol”. This statement is just plain false.
The conclusive data of the study proves vapor to be equivalent in toxicity to normal air. The study data can be found here.