Electronic cigarettes contain 1000 times less carcinogens than cigarettes, have few if any chemicals that are likely to be of concern and as a result are likely to be much safer.
That’s the result of a review of 16 separate laboratory studies into the electronic cigarette titled: Electronic cigarettes as a harm reduction strategy for tobacco control: A step forward or a repeat of past mistakes?
Summarising the results, Professor Michael Siegel, who co-authored the study with Zachary Cahn, stated:
‘The FDA and major anti-smoking groups keep saying that we don’t know anything about what is in electronic cigarettes. The truth is, we know a lot more about what is in electronic cigarettes than regular cigarettes.’
The only gains from any ban on the electronic cigarette, the study concluded, would be the tobacco companies.
We are still trying to find a free copy of the study to link to (please leave a link in the comments below if you know of one) but you can find a summary of the study here which Siegel himself has linked to:
Meanwhile, World Science contrasts Siegel’s study with the University of California study which came to the opposite conclusion:
You can find the full study here, but you will need to pay $30 to download it: