5 E-cigarette Studies That Will Win Any Argument
The biggest problem with e-cigarettes is the amount of spurious information that is floating around the internet. Anti-vaping groups regularly quote from poorly constructed e-cigarette studies and sometimes there is just no comeback. In order to combat this, we’ve dug out five influential studies that show the positive benefits of e-cigarettes.
1) Comparison of the Effects of E-Cigarette Vapor and Cigarette Smoke on Indoor Air Quality
McAuley T, Hopke PK, Zhao J, Babaian S.
This study was conducted in 2012, which demonstrates how many years we have been looking into the effects of e-cigarettes. It was one of the very first that looked into the impact of secondhand vapor and compared it with secondhand smoke. For the study, four different high nicotine e-liquids were vaporized in a closed room and then researchers measured the level of pollutants in the room. The same test was conducted with cigarette smoke.
Researchers found that there is ‘no significant risk’ to human health from the vapor samples. When they studied the smoke samples they found a ‘significant risk’ of harm to human health. When it came to cancer risk analysis, again the e-cigarette proved to be safe for both adults and children in the room whereas the cigarette smoke exceeded the risk limit for both. In conclusion the researchers stated, “The study indicates no apparent risk to human health from e-cigarette emissions based on the compounds analyzed.”
2) Effect of Electronic Cigarette Use on Myocardial Function
Dr. Konstantinos Farsalinos
Dr. Farsalinos is a cardiac specialist from Greece, he is an influential e-cigarette researcher with lots of experience. This is one of the very first e-cigarette studies that looked at the effect on cardiovascular function. It has been used as a benchmark in all studies since.
Researchers asked smokers to have one cigarette and e-cigarette users to use an 11mg device for seven minutes. Changes in cardiac function were then observed. This research found that there was no effect on cardiac function unlike the adverse effects caused by cigarette smoke.
3) E-Cigarettes: Methodological and Ideological Issues and Research Priorities
Professor Etter examined the methodology and ideological concepts that currently exist in e-cigarette studies . In order to do this, he looked at the type of studies being conducted, in particular the methodology and approaches. He highlighted how long term e-cigarette studies are flawed because devices change so quickly. The study also demonstrated that most research fails to acknowledge that e-cigarettes only need to be safer than analogues. He highlighted that a failure to acknowledge it as a safer alternative deterred some smokers from switching.
4) Persisting Long Term Benefits of Smoking Abstinence and Reduction in Asthmatic Smokers Who Have Switched to Electronic Cigarettes
Professor Riccardo Polosa et al.
This study set out to examine the effect of switching from smoking to e-cigarettes in asthmatics. In the study, the researchers took a sample of 18 smokers who suffered with either moderate or mild asthma. They were then given an e-cigarette and over the course of two years the asthmatics were examined.
The researchers noted that even smokers with respiratory conditions like asthma found it difficult to quit smoking. However, the results showed that asthmatics who smoked could expect some recovery when they switch to e-cigarettes. It also stated that there are very few concerns when switching from analogues to e-cigarettes.
5) Nicotine Without Smoke: Tobacco Harm Reduction
Royal College of Physicians
While not strictly a scientific study, this report examined the effects of tools for tobacco harm reduction. It focused especially on e-cigarettes. By looking at other studies, it is intended to be a comprehensive examination of the usage of e-cigarettes. It highlighted key trends in the industry as well as usage in the United Kingdom.
There were many key findings in this report but most important of all was the fact that e-cigarettes are 95% less harmful than analogues. The report also called on doctors and health professionals to offer e-cigarettes as a method of smoking cessation. It cemented the important role that e-cigarettes have in harm reduction and creating a smoke free future.
Did you know about all of these important studies? Which is the most influential? Share your thoughts in the comments and on our social media pages.
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