In case you missed it: Disturbing video shows contrast between smoking vs. vaping

As millions of people plan to quit smoking as their new year’s resolution, a rather disturbing video released out of the UK perfectly illustrates why switching to vaping is an excellent place to start. Released by Public Health England (PHE), the shocking video horrifically demonstrates the levels of tar, toxins, and chemical additives that the average smoker inhales in just 30-days.  The same experiment is then simulated for the average non-smoker and daily vaper, and the comparisons are truly striking.

The film was released over the holidays, which means that many people may have missed its release on social media and other forums.  PHE is releasing the film as part of a Health Harms Reduction campaign designed to promote vaping as a healthier alternative to smoking.  PHE is the very same global public health organization which released 2015 documentation indicating that vaping is 95 percent less harmful than smoking. 

PHE endorses switching to vaping as a new year’s resolution

The PHE video is specifically designed to support smokers trying to quit for their new year’s resolution.  Health experts Dr. Rosemary Leonard and Dr. Lion Shahab perform an experiment which imitates the effects of smoking and vaping on the lungs.

Two jars filled with cotton balls are attached to diaphragm pumps which simulate the inhalation and respiratory effects of smoking and vaping.  A third jar of cotton balls pumped with normal room temperature air acts as the control, simulating the lungs of an average non-smoker, non-vaper.

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By the end of the experiment, the cotton balls in the smokers’ jar are saturated with a disgusting, gooey, brown substance.  Even the tube from the diaphragm pump and the insides of the jar itself are also covered in the revolting mixture.

Meanwhile, the jar representing the daily vaper remains relatively unchanged.  Only a slight discoloration is evident compared to the non-smokers’ jar.  


PHE’s promotional video also takes aim at false rumors and misinformation spreading online and in social media about vaping.  In the UK, a recent poll suggests that about 44 percent of the smoking public mistakenly assume that vaping is just as hazardous to one’s health as smoking.   Director of Health Improvement at PHE John Newton firmly believes that these incorrect beliefs can be truly “tragic” to public health in the long-term.

“It would be tragic if thousands of smokers who could quit with the help of an e-cigarette are being put off due to false fears about safety. We need to reassure smokers that switching to an e-cigarette would be much less harmful than smoking. This demonstration highlights the devastating harms caused by every cigarette and helps people see that vaping is likely to pose only a fraction of the risk.”
PHE press release December 28, 2018

While UK public health officials are taking great pains to publicly endorse vaping as a smoking cessation aid that is both highly effective and significantly less harmful, officials in the United States have yet to make the same claims.  The farthest that FDA Commissioner Scott Gottlieb will go is to state that electronic cigarettes can be a useful tool in tobacco harm reduction.  He rarely links vaping to quitting smoking, unless he is somehow pushed into a verbal corner by a television journalist or reporter.

The UK video - as shockingly abhorrent as it may be -  is an excellent resource of clear and definitive proof that vaping works.  Vaping saves lives.  All the other publicly shared nonsense is simply fake news and anti-vaping propaganda designed to keep millions of smokers addicted to Big Tobacco products.  For smokers trying to quit this New Year’s Eve, consider a switch to vaping.  The UK’s PHE highly recommends it. 

Related Article: New JAMA study: Vaping is up to 98% less toxic than smoking

(Image and video courtesy Public Health England via YouTube)

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