AUG 26, 2016 7:00 AM PDT

More News About E-Cigs and Cancer


The studies being done on electronic cigarettes, or e-cigs have been confusing to say the least. While they tend to have the same amount of nicotine as traditional cigarettes, the level of other toxins and carcinogens are lower in vapor devices. Does this mean they are safe? Not exactly.

The latest research comes from the Roswell Park Cancer Institute in Buffalo NY and it's the first study to say that e cigs are less dangerous than traditional cigarettes. Their research involved daily adult smokers, who'd been smoking for an average of 12 years. For a two week period they substituted e-cigs for their traditional smokes. Over the course of the study participants levels of seven nicotine metabolites and 17 biomarkers of exposure to carcinogens and toxicants were measured. 12 of the 17 measured biomarkers showed declines in exposure. The decline in toxicant levels was similar to the decline seen among tobacco users who quit smoking. Nicotine metabolites remained unchanged. The study is not without it's problems. Lead author Dr. Goniewicz received a research grant from Pfizer, a pharmaceutical company that markets smoking-cessation medications. He and colleague Dr. Benowitz have been consultants to pharmaceutical companies that market smoking cessation medications, and Benowitz has been an expert witness in litigation against tobacco companies.
About the Author
  • I'm a writer living in the Boston area. My interests include cancer research, cardiology and neuroscience. I want to be part of using the Internet and social media to educate professionals and patients in a collaborative environment.
You May Also Like
JUL 20, 2020
Space & Astronomy
How Do Astronauts Have Fun in Space?
JUL 20, 2020
How Do Astronauts Have Fun in Space?
Scientists who inhabit the International Space Station (ISS) typically have 12-hour shifts. These include two and a half ...
AUG 05, 2020
Space & Astronomy
Mars Was Shaped by Ice Sheets - not Rivers
AUG 05, 2020
Mars Was Shaped by Ice Sheets - not Rivers
Physicists have found that in the distant past, Mars may not have been warm enough to carry vast oceans. Instead, in new ...
AUG 18, 2020
Space & Astronomy
First Visitor from Another Solar System Remains Unknown
AUG 18, 2020
First Visitor from Another Solar System Remains Unknown
An object hurtling through our solar system known as 'Oumuamua' is our first visitor from another solar sys ...
AUG 21, 2020
Chemistry & Physics
Earth's Outer Core, in the Middle of a Laboratory
AUG 21, 2020
Earth's Outer Core, in the Middle of a Laboratory
Deep underneath our feet lies Earth's outer core, a fluid layer over two thousand kilometers (1,500 mi) in thickness ...
AUG 22, 2020
Neuroscience
Why Don't Babies Always Remember What they Learn?
AUG 22, 2020
Why Don't Babies Always Remember What they Learn?
Researchers from Ruhr- Universitaet Bochum (RUB) in Germany have found that the mood babies are in when they learn somet ...
AUG 27, 2020
Space & Astronomy
Space Rock May Contain Building Blocks for DNA
AUG 27, 2020
Space Rock May Contain Building Blocks for DNA
Researchers say that a space rock that landed in Costa Rica on April 23rd, 2019, came from an asteroid that exists as a ...
Loading Comments...