Vapers May Expose the Same Level of Toxic Compounds as That of Non-smokers

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Vapers May Expose the Same Level of Toxic Compounds as That of Non-smokers


      There is a good news for vapers. According to a recent study by e-cigarette researchers in the United Kingdom and the United States, the risk of exposure to toxic compounds by e-cigarettes is the same as that of non-smokers, reflecting the fact that vapers are as healthy as non-smokers. Smokers who switch to e-cigarettes can also be protected from the toxic effects of thousands of toxic substances in the tobacco smoking.

      Carcinogens and toxicants found by researchers are  volatile organic compounds (VOCs) including acrolein, acrylamide, acrylonitrile, butadiene, and mixtures of ethylene oxide, acrylonitrile, and vinyl chloride. These volatile organic compounds are flooded in the air, our food and beverages, which means people contact with them every day. According to a study published by a research team led by K. Udeni Alwis in 2012, the presence of these compounds was also measured in non-smokers.

      In this study, the researchers measured the metabolites produced during the body's decomposition of VOC by testing the testers’ urine. Scientists from University College London, King's College London, Roswell Parker Cancer Institute in Buffalo, New York, and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) found that "long-term having nicotine replacement therapy and using electronic cigarette contribute to significantly lower levels of carcinogens and toxicants associated with tobacco smoking." Their research, led by Lion Shahab, was published last month in the Annals of Internal Medicine.

The comparison  exposure to toxic compounds between non-smokers and vapers

Volatile Organic CompoundsVapers' Ratio
Non-smokers' Ratio
Ethylene oxide, acrylonitrile and vinyl chloride mixture44%


      The table shows that the amount of VOC exposure of e-cigarettes users is similar to that of non-smokers. For example, in Shaha's study, the risk of exposure to acrylamide by e-cigarettes users was 43% of smokers, while in the Alwis study, the risk probability of non-smokers compared to smokers was 42%.

      Researchers at the Shaha Research Report, especially Dr. Alwis at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention in the United States, should link the results of the two studies. The fact that vapers’ risk of exposure to volatile compounds is similar to that of non-smokers should be known by public.