A question that has been asked time and time again ever since the inception of vaping has probably been "is vaping harmful?". It's an interesting question, a great question, but a question that likely won't be answered for many more years.
Vaping has been widely accepted as a great form of tobacco harm reduction for the past decade. Consumers of traditional cigarettes who simply could not quit with the available quit smoking aid options such as the patch, prescription, hypnotism, Nicorette gum and so on found vaping to be the one true quit smoking aid that finally allowed them to get off combustible tobacco for good.
Within the last 10 years, we certainly cannot find any documentation leading us to believe that anyone has died due to the result of vaping, it's very much obvious to this point the smoking death rate has gone down. This could partially be part of the global fight on tobacco or also because of the popularity of vaping products but this still does not answer our original question, "is vaping harmful?".
The tobacco industry/pharma industry and vaping industry have been undergoing many battles over the years. You see various studies or claims that vaping is harmful due to certain things like "popcorn lung" or "diacytl" or "vitamin-e acetate" but all those things are peer-reviewed and debunked quickly.
College of Physicians UK
One of the most powerful pro-vape studies done was by the UK College of physicians. They concluded that vaping was 95% less harmful than tobacco. This is comparing someone that is currently a cigarette user and switching to vaping. The 95% less harmful is a percentage expression of vaping comparative toxicity relative to combustion tobacco, based on a comprehensive review of a broad range of research and studies
If you were someone who does not currently vape or smoke the conclusion would be there is some sort of health risk involved. It's better not to put anything into your lungs if you have the choice. Speaking from a tobacco harm reduction point and referencing the article above there is a significant difference in health impacts when smoking vs vaping.
What does the government of Canada say about vaping?
In our continued journey to answer the question "is vaping harmful?" we look further into what the Canadian government says when looking at vaping as an alternative to tobacco use.
1)Completely replacing cigarette smoking with vaping will reduce your exposure to harmful chemicals
2)There are short-term general health improvements if you switch to vaping from smoking. (due to the lack of research on long term health effects due to vaping we cannot identify those effects, the only research we have is based on the previous 10 years)
3)Vaping is less harmful than smoking. Many of the toxic and cancer-causing chemicals in tobacco and tobacco smoke form when tobacco is burned. Vaping does not produce smoke, does not contain tobacco and does not involve burning.
4)Vaping products contain a fraction of the 7000 chemicals found in tobacco smoke
5)Evidence is still emerging, some evidence suggests that vaping is linked to improving rates of success of quitting smoking.
So to conclude our discussion, the answer to our question "is vaping harmful" cannot be answered fully. We can draw conclusions based on what evidence says currently and what our government's suggestions are. We hope that evidence over the next 10-20 years will continue to show what current vapers have benefited from over the previous 10 years but until long-term studies are finalized we cannot say that vaping is completely safe.
It's my belief as to the author of this post that Vaping is not safe when used by someone who did not previously vape or previously smoke. I can rest assured that each person we provide vaping products to who is coming off of tobacco will see an overall health improvement that mimics the UK college and Health Canada.