Despite the upshot of making you look incredibly cool, vaping has long been believed to have significant drawbacks when it comes to your health.
Lucky for you, if you do chug away on a pipe filled with raspberry smoke, a new study has found that those who swapped cigarettes for e-cigarettes showed significantly lower levels of toxic and carcinogenic substances.
The six month trial, funded by Cancer Research UK, analysed urine and saliva samples of long-term e-cigarette users and compared these with the same samples from smokers of conventional cigarettes.
Whilst those who had swapped their Marlboro's for a nicotine replacement did show lower levels of toxic substances, those who continued smoking regular cigarettes and occasionally used the e-cigarettes didn't exhibit a big drop in toxins. Sadly this means that vaping Monday to Friday isn't helping you much if you're chugging through a 20 pack outside the club come Saturday.
Lion Shahab, a senior lecturer at UCL, noted that the trial proves e-cigarettes are safer than smoking regular cigarettes: "We've shown that the levels of toxic chemicals in the body from e-cigarettes are considerably lower than suggested in previous studies using simulated experiments. This means some doubts about the safety of e-cigarettes may be wrong," he says.
Alison Cox, Cancer Research UK's director of cancer prevention, commented that the trial shows the need for: "Understanding and communicating the benefits of nicotine replacements, such as e-cigarettes, is an important step towards reducing the number of tobacco-related deaths here in the UK."
Though before you get too carried away, it is worth remembering that, as e-cigarettes are relatively new phenomenon, their long-term effects are still to be fully understood. Expect lots more studies to emerge claiming their benefits and drawbacks.