There are some pretty serious claims about the effect that vaping has on the lungs. The Centers for Disease Control is doing an especially hard push to make you believe that vaping is as bad as cigarettes or worse. Even the Surgeon General’s office has released an entire website dedicated to this issue.
But how do you know that the claims, especially those about the lungs, are accurate and factual? Unless you like going through white papers and abstracts, which I am actually guilty of, it’s hard to know for sure. And as much as we want to believe that the government has our best interest at heart, the majority of these studies have been debunked.
So let’s take a look at three of the major claims that vaping is bad for your lungs. All three are serious claims, but we think you’ll find the information very interesting.
A few years ago, there was a slew of studies that stated that vaping caused genetic damage to the lungs. Reported on by ExpertVaping, the study showed that e-cigarettes and vape devices did not cause genetic damage, even when lung cells were exposed to 28 times more vapor than cigarette smoke.
It’s important to note here that a lot of these studies are biased. What we mean is that because vape mods have variable settings, it’s possible for researchers to expose their sample to extreme temperatures that a vaper would never attempt. This causes biased results because the studies are based on data that does not correlate to the real world.
The most dangerous claim made against vaping is that it causes popcorn lung. If you don’t already know, popcorn lung gets its name because it was first observed in a popcorn factory. To make matters worse, it’s a serious lung disease and has no cure. It’s thought to be caused, at least in part, by the toxin called diacetyl, which is found in tobacco. It can also be found in some, but not all, e-liquids.
There are several studies that have debunked vaping as a cause of popcorn lung. ExpertVaping wrote an article talking about how there are no known cases of popcorn lung caused by vaping and also that most quality e-liquid brands in the marketplace today don’t even use diacetyl in their liquids.
Another study, conducted in California, actually proved that the air in vape shops, where customers and staff regularly vape, had absolutely no trace of diacetyl within it, effectively removing the assertion that vaping leads to popcorn lung.
So a lot has been written about general lung function and vaping. With DNA damage and popcorn lung often cited as reasons that vaping is absolutely damaging to lung function, you would think that that was the end of the story.
Except it isn't, because last year ChurnMag released an article discussing how nanoparticle expert Dr. Amir Farnoud found that the opposite is true. In their conclusion, Dr. Farnoud and his team stated that “E-cigarette vapor regardless of the dose and flavoring of the e-liquid did not affect surfactant interfacial properties. In contrast, smoke from conventional cigarettes had a drastic, dose-dependent effect on Infasurf."
In general terms, vaping doesn’t actually burn anything, meaning that the damage to the lungs is microscopic at best. Smoking, on the other hand, creates a tar that causes black lung. While vaping does have an effect on the lungs, the result is so small that it’s hard to tell right now what that effect is without further research.
Listen, we care about your health. That’s why we’re discussing all of this with you. We want you to pay attention to the scientific studies and realize that some of them are biased or are incomplete in their conclusions. So for now, know that the above claims have been debunked by science, not conjecture. And, as always, if you have questions for us, let us know and we’ll be happy to discuss these studies with you.