In December 2018, Public Health England released a shocking video detailing the results of smoking on the lungs verses the effects of vaping over a one-month time period in an effort to finally lay bare the impact of vaping vs smoking.
To demonstrate their investigation, three bell jars were placed in a controlled environment and filled with clean cotton wool balls.
One bell jar was fitted with a traditional tobacco cigarette at its opening which would be artificially ‘smoked’ through the jar in order to observe its effects on the cotton wool within. The other jar was paired with an e-cigarette device in place of the traditional cigarette, and the third jar contained no interference from foreign matter to act as a controlled condition from which to compare the findings against. This bell jar represents the lungs of someone who has never smoked tobacco cigarettes or used an e-cigarette.
After pulling the equivalent of one month’s worth of smoke, vapour and fresh air through each bell jar, the results were both alarming and undeniable. The jar which observed the effects of traditional tobacco smoke was by far the most affected, with the cotton wool balls saturated in thick, sticky tar which could almost be wrung out from the cotton.
The inside walls of the tobacco-containing jar were also slick with a brown residue and forming on the cotton itself was visible lumps of hardening tar. Taking one of the cotton wool balls and wiping it against a clean sheet of paper left behind a thick trail of brown residue which clung to the paper in much the same way it would cling to your arteries and airways. This effect is known as atherosclerosis and occurs due to the clogging and subsequent narrowing of the arteries when tar is deposited from tobacco smoke, depriving the body of vital blood and oxygen supply.
When compared to the bell jar representing e-cigarette use / vapour inhalation, the results were worlds apart. The e-cigarette model only contained one single cotton wool ball with slight discolouration: the rest of the cotton wool was completely white and free from any sticky residue or build-up of tar. The only residue present in the vaping bell jar was a small amount of moisture which was left behind from the vapour production.
When comparing the results of the tobacco cigarette and the e-cigarette against the bell jar representing clean lungs, it became apparent that the final state of the e-cigarette jar was extremely similar to that of the unaffected lungs.
This reinforces what we already know about the risk of smoking and confirms that the real danger to health lies not with nicotine content but with the tar, carcinogens and the cocktail of lethal chemicals which are present in cigarette smoke but absent from vapourised e-liquid.
So, is vaping better for you than cigarettes?
Look no further than the congealed brown tar saturating the cotton wool balls and inner glass of the bell jar in Public Health England’s video to answer that question…
We believe that this experiment champions the benefits of vaping as a smoking cessation aid as it clearly shows that you can continue to receive nicotine and satisfy your cravings (with a view to gradually weaning yourself off nicotine) without exposing yourself to the plethora of deadly, damaging chemicals and tar made frighteningly apparent in Public Health England’s experiment.
Is vaping healthier than smoking? The evidence is undeniable.