A new study shows that electronic cigarettes are 200 times less toxic than regular cigarettes, and contain significantly lower amounts of nicotine overall. The new study, which was conducted by Dr. Murray Laugesen, looked at 14 different brands of electronic cigarettes, and checking the toxins found in them as well as the amounts of nicotine. All of the electronic cigarettes that were used in the study were purchased in 2013, with the study itself being conducted out of New Zealand.
There was a similar study done in 2008, so Laugesen compared his results to the results of that study, and then compared that to what is found in a traditional Marlboro cigarette. The tests showed that the electronic cigarettes had 200 times fewer aldehydes compared to the Marlboro cigarette. Aldehydes that are found include formaldehyde, acrolein, and acetaldehyde, and are some of the more dangerous toxins found in cigarettes. When Laugesen compared the amounts to the 2008 studies of electronic cigarettes, he found that the 2013 e-cigarettes contained 73 percent less of these toxins. The study also showed that diethylene and mono-ethylene glycol were not present in the vapor of the 2013 electronic cigarettes, which are also dangerous chemicals that was found in previous studies of the electronic cigarette vapor.
However, the electronic cigarettes that had between 16 mg and 18 mg of nicotine in them actually had between 5 and 46 mg of nicotine. This is not a good thing because it shows that the strength of the nicotine found in these products are inconsistent, which might be due to the fact there is no regulation when it comes to the nicotine levels. This also means that if you purchase a higher strength of nicotine, you might not be getting the strength that you think you are, but this can vary depending on the brand of electronic cigarette you purchase. You might also find inconsistencies in between one purchase and another of the same brand, and this is purely due to no quality control process since these products are not monitored by government agencies.
Even though the strength of the nicotine varied compared to what was supposed to be in the product, it was still all around lower than what you would get through a regular Marlboro cigarette. Laugesen compared the strength from all of the electronic cigarettes and found the highest to be 93 micrograms, but a Marlboro cigarette contained 147 micrograms with each puff. The study showed that the levels of nicotine in each puff was higher now than it was in 2008, which could be a good thing if you are looking at quality of the electronic cigarettes over the years.
What the best part of this study showed was that even if you don’t use the e-cigarettes to stop smoking all together, deciding to switch to electronic cigarettes is significantly safer than sticking with regular cigarettes. There have been no confirmed cases of anyone developing cancer or other medical conditions due to smoking the electronic cigarettes, although no long-term research has really been done on the subject since e-cigarettes are relatively new. Most importantly, this study shows that you can safely switch to electronic cigarettes, knowing that you are not getting those harmful toxins that are found in traditional cigarettes. If you are concerned with second-hand smoke and the impact of smoking in your house, you can also feel good knowing that those toxins and chemicals are not getting into the air and possibly harming another person.
Obviously, not smoking at all is the best option, especially if you have a family history of cancer or other related illnesses. However, researchers know that people will continue to smoke despite the risks, so more researchers and doctors are urging people to switch to the electronic cigarettes due to the decreased toxins and chemicals found in them. Although regulation of the nicotine strengths is something that needs to be looked at, especially as e-cigarettes get more popular worldwide.