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
SEP 07, 2020
Space & Astronomy
Earth's Atmosphere Causes Moon to Rust
SEP 07, 2020
Earth's Atmosphere Causes Moon to Rust
Researchers from the University of Hawaii have noticed that the Moon is turning slightly red or 'rusty'- and tha ...
NOV 18, 2020
Plants & Animals
This Bat Species Uses Masks for Mating
NOV 18, 2020
This Bat Species Uses Masks for Mating
From pandemic precautions to televised talent shows, masks are having a moment. Even this bizarre bat species has a buil ...
DEC 29, 2020
Space & Astronomy
Why is the Sun's Outer Atmosphere Hotter than its Surface?
DEC 29, 2020
Why is the Sun's Outer Atmosphere Hotter than its Surface?
The fact that the Sun's distant atmosphere is significantly hotter than its surface has been a topic of confusion in ...
FEB 19, 2021
Plants & Animals
Group of Migrating Gray Whales Makes a Puget Sound Pitstop
FEB 19, 2021
Group of Migrating Gray Whales Makes a Puget Sound Pitstop
Washington’s Puget Sound is famously home to resident and transient orca pods. However, during their yearly migrat ...
MAR 09, 2021
Plants & Animals
Sea Slug Shows Extreme Case of Regeneration
MAR 09, 2021
Sea Slug Shows Extreme Case of Regeneration
Some of the most interesting—and possibly strangest—scientific discoveries happen by accident. According to ...
MAR 26, 2021
Plants & Animals
A Massive 17-Year Cicada Swarm will Emerge Soon
MAR 26, 2021
A Massive 17-Year Cicada Swarm will Emerge Soon
The east coast is preparing for one of nature’s greatest spectacles. A gigantic swarm of periodical cicadas is due ...
Loading Comments...