BU – Behind the Vapor

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Ecig Study 'Junk Science'
A new study published the American Journal of Public Health that claims to have found evidence smokers who use e-cigarettes are significantly less likely to quit smoking than those who do not has been branded junk science by Dr. Michael Seigel. Dr Seigel goes as far as to say its conclusions are completely invalid the study description "borders on being deceitful". Published April 2015.

E-Cigarette Vapor Vs Cigarette Smoke And Primary Human Bronchial Epithelial Cells
This study found if the toxicity of e-cigarette vapor and cigarette mainstream smoke is compared on basis of the same smoking parameters as well as the same number of puffs, the cell viability is about 4.5–5 times lower and the oxidative stress levels 4.5–5 times higher in combustible cigarettes. Published April 2015. (NOTE: Dr. Konstantinos Farsalinos offered some comments concerning this study).

Gateway Myth Debunked (Again)
A survey carried out by Action On Smoking And Health (ASH) Wales;  found of 952 young people aged 13-18 living in Wales, just 9.4% of non-smokers had tried an ecigarette and only 0.16% percent (n=1) were using them regularly. Of those who reported using both ecigarettes and tobacco cigarettes at some point, 98% had first used tobacco, suggesting the absence of any gateway theory. Published April 2015.

Eliquids Tested Safer Than Tobacco Cigarettes
A new study led by cardiologist Dr. Konstantinos E. Farsalinos verifies twenty-one samples (10 conventional and 11 NET) of tobacco flavoured e-cigarette eliquids are orders of magnitude safer than tobacco cigarettes. Published March 2015.

First Vs. New Generation Vaping Devices : Nicotine Absorption
According to a study led by Dr. Konstantinos E. Farsalinos, the vaping devices and liquid used in in this research delivered one-third to one-fourth the amount of nicotine after 5 minutes of use compared to tobacco cigarettes - and the new generation of devices significantly outperformed first generation ecigs. Published February 2015.

Ecigarettes Save Lives
Derek Yach previously headed tobacco control at the WHO. He says he understands why anti-smoking activists are so distrustful of vaping and is one of those activists. However, he also acknowledges that the evidence is clear - ecigarettes are saving lives. He states everyone involved with tobacco control needs make up for 50 years of ignoring the simple reality - that smoking kills and nicotine does not. Published February 2015.

Ecigarettes, Vaping And Public Health (PDF)
A summary for policy makers by Clive Bates, former Director of Action on Smoking and Health (London). Mr. Bates was also the founder of the NGO Framework Convention Alliance, set up to support the development of the WHO Framework Convention on Tobacco Control. Published February 2015.

Australian Vapers' Perspectives On Regulation
A survey of vapers in Australia found views generally align with some aspects of appropriate policy but conflict with some of the proposed regulatory models. Published Jaunary 2015.

Vaping And Formaldehyde Study Questioned
The validity of a recent study showing high voltage vaping creating formaldehyde, a carcinogen, has been questioned by Dr Konstantinos Farsalinos, who says there are many major issues in the way the research was carried out and the results presented. Published January 2015.