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Study on Indoor Vaping: Unlikely to Pose a Risk

Indoor Vaping StudyAccording to the latest research, indoor vaping is unlikely to be a health threat to those within the vicinity. The ongoing debate regarding vaping indoors has recently been tested by a study that examines indoor air quality before and after usage, conducted by three educational research institutions from Europe, ETH Zurich the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology.

Kaunas University of Technology in Lithuania, and the EMPA Swiss Federal Laboratories for Materials Science and Technology.

The findings have been remarkable, and they offer an exceptional range of data that has never before been available on the subject. The study was recently presented at a conference focused on research dedicated to indoor air quality in Barcelona Spain, and it is groundbreaking because this type of data was nonexistent prior.

The research specifically tested air quality risk to bystanders and non-vapors when exposed to vapor that has just been exhaled. The most groundbreaking aspect of the study found that the particulates of the e-liquid vapor dissipated in mere seconds after exhalation, which results in an extraordinarily low level of risk to those who are exposed to the vapor once it has been exhaled. Additionally this research throws a major monkey wrench into the argument of comparing e-cigarette vapor and tobacco smoke, likening the two as the same byproduct. For vapers, this is a major win because it adds evidence to the equation, where there was nothing more than educated speculation before.

Different scenarios were tested, involving rooms with and without ventilation systems, to see if the effect of the vapor’s dissipation was varying between them, however the researchers discovered the same results from both environments.

Tobacco smoke, is obviously the results of burnt plant matter, tobacco. It is laced with thousands of chemicals, and leaves behind a toxic tar. These particulates are extremely dangerous, and they accumulate over time once exhaled, lingering in the air. In contrast to vapor, in which the aerosol particles exist only for a few seconds afterwards, renders any such comparison between vapor and smoke, especially in regards to the secondhand affect, are completely void.

So, another positive study on the effects of vaping in the books. We are elated that such research is coming to light, and further adding to the credibility of this exciting, emerging industry!

E-Cigarettes and Evidence-Based Research

Evidence Based E-Cigarette ResearchOne of the things we are happy this industry is seeing a lot of these days is evidence-based research. It can be confounding that studies such as the unfairly biased, seriously erroneous item published in the New England Journal of Medicine could have been released so inconclusively by a major and reputable publication, however to the benefit of the industry, and everyone involved, there is plenty of other research emerging, from trusted sources, with all the facts included.

It can be very frustrating to a movement such as the e-cigarette industry, when misconstrued reports, half-truths, and twisted facts are published as truth. We want the truth, as do the millions of people who use these products, as well as the millions of other smokers who are interested yet waiting for more research and evidence.

Luckily, there have been several excellent recent studies that dispel many of the common myths of electronic cigarettes, while debunking some of the fraudulent truth-bending, and helping to promote the need for more evidence-based research.

One of the best examples of such is a 2014 study that included 1300 college students in America. Its purpose was to examine the myth of electronic cigarettes being touted as a gateway to smoking. It’s findings? That e-cigarettes do not lead to traditional cigarette usage.

Another great example is a study published by Oxford Journal, that examined exactly what could be found in secondhand vapor. The study was conducted by 6 doctors performing a variety of different tests to obtain their data. The results concluded that some nicotine was present (in trace amounts, precisely), however there were no combustible toxins.

In addition, there have been many other studies published, as well as those in the works, aiming to make clear how electronic cigarettes affect the body, especially in regard to the heart and lungs. One recent study done by The International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health found that vaping does not affect the heart. Another study done by researchers in Greece found that e-cigarettes did not negatively affect the lungs either.

So what this means for the e-cigarette industry, is that while these studies may be coming slowly, and research may be in its infancy, evidence is emerging in favor of e-cigarettes and proving the negative speculation wrong.

New Study Shows E-Cigarettes Can Curb Tobacco Cravings

E-Cigarettes are the Sensible AlternativeA new study published in Time has found that electronic cigarette use can help reduce tobacco cravings. Considering how electronic cigarettes work, it comes as no surprise to vapers that studies are now confirming what they’ve already experienced.

Researchers at KU Leuven studied 48 smokers who had no intentions to quit smoking for the duration of eight months. The smokers were divided into three groups with two vaping and smoking cigarettes for the two first months, while the third group was only allowed to smoke traditional tobacco cigarettes. The study’s main focus was to see if electronic cigarettes were able to decrease the smokers’ urge to smoke tobacco or if it removed the urge to smoke entirely.

The second stage of the study was published in the International Journal of Environmental Research on Public Health and during this phase, the third group used e-cigarettes.

The common result seen across all groups was that the number of tobacco cigarettes decreased by 60%. Other findings that emerged from the study showed that long-term smokers are most likely to trade their traditional cigarettes for the electronic counterpart, with 21% of the group having stopped smoking tobacco completely, with an additional 23% of smokers reducing the number of tobacco cigarettes they consumed per day by 50%.

It is quite well-known that electronic cigarettes usually contain nicotine (depending on the user’s preferences of nicotine level, or lack thereof) however, they do not contain tobacco or the many chemical toxins found in   traditional cigarettes. The study reported that e-cigarettes typically contain anywhere from 100 to 1000 times less toxic substances than traditional cigarettes, making them an obvious option for those looking to avoid such exposure.

“With guidance on practical use, the nicotine e-cig offers many smokers a successful alternative for smoking less – or even quitting altogether,” said Professor Frank Baeyens, who led the study. “E-cig users get the experience of smoking a cigarette and inhale nicotine vapor, but do not suffer the damaging effects of a tobacco cigarette.”

This is just one of many studies currently being done on the effectiveness and benefits of electronic cigarettes. The alternative of the smoke-free lifestyle, even with nicotine, is proving extremely beneficial to many smokers. Many e-smokers are certain this is the future of smoking, and studies such as this, prove we are on the right path.

Research Indicating Vapor Cigarettes as Less Harmful than Tobacco

urlAs the debate continues on whether electronic cigarettes are truly better than tobacco cigarettes, studies are constantly being done. To the chagrin of the tobacco industry and lobbyists who are against e-smoking, the newest batch of scientific research is suggesting that e-cigarettes are most likely, less harmful than traditional tobacco cigarettes.

There is no getting around the fact that tobacco is proven to cause a variety of different cancers, heart problems, lung problems, and all varieties of other health issues; it has not been proven, however, that electronic cigarettes can be attributed to any of these issues, in any way. Most likely as a result of containing no tobacco, producing no tar or smoke.

The most recent research was done by an international team which examined 81 different studies that focused on a number of issues dealing with vapor cigarettes. Some of these areas included the number and types of chemicals found in the e-liquids and produced in the vapor, in addition to safety issues, and e-cigarette usage among both non-smokers and smokers alike.

Following the review of all of this information, the scientists agreed that their findings showed that risks to those within the vicinity of the vapor and those directly using the products are at much less of a risk than those who are in direct contact of conventional tobacco cigarettes. They do make it clear, however, that there still remains a risk for people with respiratory problems, and the effects of e-cigarette smoking are not known at this time for those with respiratory illnesses.

Another important aspect that was concluded from the studies is that there are far fewer toxins to be found in vapor cigarettes, compared to those in tobacco cigarettes. Tobacco cigarettes contain literally thousands of different toxins, many of which are added to the filters and the tobacco that is smoked. The number of ingredients in nicotine e-liquids tend to be very minimal and most reputable companies will disclose the ingredients of their liquids.

The scientists who participated in these studies have concluded that there is evidence at this time to show that breathing in vaporized liquid nicotine, compared to breathing in nicotine that comes from tobacco smoke is a much healthier and safer option.

Another issue that these scientists addressed are the rumors surrounding teens and young adults who use electronic cigarettes. They stated that electronic cigarettes are very unlikely to be used as a gateway to traditional tobacco products; in fact the opposite is true. Most people who use electronic cigarettes have turned to them as an alternative away from traditional tobacco products, not as a means of starting to smoke. Simply, they do not lure teens and young adults into using tobacco.

Of course research has only just begun in regards to electronic cigarettes, however it is extremely positive that research continues to prove the usefulness and positive benefits of using alternatives, as opposed to tobacco. As a burgeoning, yet highly successful industry, scientists are very optimistic about these products and their benefits towards people in terms of health. The future for smokers is looking rather promising, indeed!