A new study suggests that vapers inhale significantly lower levels of toxic chemicals than smokers of traditional cigarettes. The study leader Maciej Goniewicz of the Roswell Park Cancer Centre said that vapers had more biomarkers of toxic chemicals in their urine compared to non smokers and that they they had lower levels than smokers of traditional cigarettes.

He said, “For smokers trying to quit it might be beneficial to use e-cigarettes as a transition.”

He further added, “E-cigarettes are a benefit to smokers only if they completely switch to vaping. And we know from epidemiological studies that dual use is very common. Some people use e-cigarettes in environments where they are not allowed to smoke and then smoke at home.”

“Use of e-cigarettes has risen significantly and we’re all trying to figure out the potential risks and benefits compared to combustible cigarettes,” said Dr. Michael Lynch, a toxicologist and emergency medicine physician and medical director of the Pittsburgh Poison Center at the University of Pittsburgh Medical Center.

He stated, “But the results should be taken as preliminary, as they don’t have as many pure e-cigarette users as they do combustible cigarette users.”

To be crystal clear, e-cigarettes are ‘safer’ than traditional cigarettes, but are not themselves ‘safe’.

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