Study: Electronic cigarettes less cancerous

Posted at 9:00 PM, Aug 17, 2016
and last updated 2016-08-18 11:21:09-04

Smokers who switch to electronic cigarettes may reduce their chances of getting cancer. That's according to a new study led by Roswell Park Cancer Institute. 

The study shows users get the same amount of nicotine but fewer toxins. Researchers say they need to perform long term studies to be sure but switching to electronic cigarettes could be a healthier alternative for smokers. 

"To our knowledge, this is the first study with smokers to demonstrate that substituting tobacco cigarettes with electronic cigarettes may reduce exposure to numerous toxicants and carcinogens present in tobacco cigarettes," says lead author Maciej Goniewicz, PhD, PharmD, Assistant Professor of Oncology in the Department of Health Behavior at Roswell Park. 

The study was conducted in the Spring of 2011 and involved 20 adult healthy smokers.