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7 Aug. 2019

Vaping Much Less Harmful to Lungs than Smoking, Review Confirms

A comprehensive review of the effects of vaping on the lungs has confirmed that vaping is much less harmful than smoking. The review by an international team led by Professor Riccardo Polosa was published this week in the journal Expert Review of Respiratory Medicine

The review found that many studies are poorly designed and results can be misleading. Importantly, many cell and animal studies do not compare the effects of vaping to those of smoking and present findings which are hard to interpret. This has resulted in many sensational and deceptive media headlines.

Human studies provide the most relevant data on the effects of vaping on the respiratory tract and confirm that vaping is unlikely to cause significant health concerns under normal use. Several studies have demonstrated benefits for smokers switching to vaping.

The report acknowledges that very little is known about the long-term health effects of vaping. 'Only large long-range prospective studies of vapers who have never smoked can provide definitive data to demonstrate any potential impacts regular use of vaping products may have on long term health'.

For this reason, vaping is only recommended to adult smokers who are otherwise unable to quit.

To read the review, please click here.

With files from Australian Tobacco Harm Reduction Association (ATHRA)