A new study concluding that vaping carries minimal “safety concerns” is adding to the heaping pile of evidence bolstering the image of electronic cigarettes as harm reduction tools.
Researchers at North East Hills University (NEHU) in India, a country that remains highly skeptical towards alternative smoking technologies, recently conducted a review and analysis of the existing scientific literature concerning the health impacts of vapor devices when compared to traditional tobacco products, reports Hindustan Times.
In their report, titled Electronic Nicotine Delivery Systems (ENDS) as a substitute for conventional cigarettes, the researchers concluded that vaping poses few meaningful health risks to former smokers transitioning off combustible products.
“Our systematic meta-analysis of published literature compares the health and safety aspects of vaping using ENDS with smoking conventional cigarettes,” the researchers say in the study. “We find that ENDS have minimum health and safety concerns compared to the high risks associated with conventional cigarettes.”
Ample research is proving that vaping devices significantly reduce the harm caused by cigarettes, because the majority of cancer-causing chemicals are released through combustion of tobacco.
Scientists at the University of Catania in Italy recently conducted a three-year study investigating the effects of regular vaping on the body of the user, finding “no evidence of health concerns associated with long-term use of e-cigarettes” on blood pressure, heart rate, body weight, lung function, respiratory symptoms, exhaled breath nitric oxide and exhaled carbon monoxide.
Research set to be published in the Journal of Aerosol Science in January shows that chemical levels in the vapor released from e-cigarettes are well below the safety limits suggested by both the U.S. Food and Drug Administration and the World Health Organization. The study determines that vaping is statistically 5,700 times less harmful to users than combustible cigarettes, drastically reducing the risk of developing smoking related illnesses.
Millions of former smokers in the U.S. are embracing the positive science on vaping and using the harm reduction tools to quit combustible cigarettes. Roughly 2.62 million former smokers were using a vape in 2016.
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