Research on E-cigarettes

July 21 2015

With a vast number of people starting to use e-cigarette, there has been a certain level of research done regarding this area. As the idea of e-cigarette is a relatively new concept, the research is still ongoing as there the claim is that still more research needs to be done. However, many researches indicate e-cigarette to be an alternative to smoking as it has shown on many cases, to aid people in quitting traditional cigarettes.

According to Konstantinos E. Farsalinos, Riccardo Polosa, and the research done by the US National Library of Medicine, National Institutes of Health, “Electronic cigarettes are a recent development in tobacco harm reduction. They are marketed as less harmful alternatives to smoking. Awareness and use of these devices has grown exponentially in recent years, with millions of people currently using them. This systematic review appraises existing laboratory and clinical research on the potential risks from electronic cigarette use, compared with the well-established devastating effects of smoking tobacco cigarettes. Currently available evidence indicates that electronic cigarettes are by far a less harmful alternative to smoking and significant health benefits are expected in smokers who switch from tobacco to electronic cigarettes. Research will help make electronic cigarettes more effective as smoking substitutes and will better define and further reduce residual risks from use to as low as possible, by establishing appropriate quality control and standards”.

The research regarding e-cigarettes is constantly an ongoing process as the e-cigarette industries continue to develop new products. Quite naturally, the research that is being done is regarding the safety issues of these products as they are being claimed as a healthier alternative to that of traditional cigarettes, which has obvious harmful effects on smokers. Looking further into the research done by the US National Library of Medicine, National Institutes of Health, “the authors concluded that, based on chemical analysis, ECs (electronic cigarettes) are far less harmful compared with tobacco cigarettes. The most comprehensive study on TSNAs (tobacco-specific nitrosamines) has been performed recently by a South Korean group, evaluating 105 liquids obtained from local retailers. On average, they found 12.99ng TSNAs per ml of liquid, with the amount of daily exposure to the users estimated to be similar to users of NRTs (nicotine replacement therapy). The estimated daily exposure to nitrosamines from tobacco cigarettes (average consumption of 15 cigarettes per day) is estimated to be up to 1800 times higher compared with e-cigarette use”.

Many studies have shown to prove the use of e-cigarette as an alternative to traditional cigarettes. Not only research done by this particular institute indicate this as others such as Michael B. Siegel, MD, a professor at Boston University School of Public Health has also stated that “There’s enough data to conclude that they are much safer than regular cigarettes, and for smokers who are having trouble quitting using other methods, they’re much better off switching to electronic cigarettes”.

The development of e-cigarettes shows great potential of bringing about improved public health worldwide. Though, as mentioned before, e-cigarettes are a fairly new topic, there are hundreds of ongoing researches that indicate the use of e-cigarette as more beneficial to that of traditional smoking. Though there is still a divide between people who still claim that e-cigarette may pose further problems, with the development of e-cigarette technologies and extensive research done by prominent researchers and e-cigarette industries, vape has the potential to become a mind-blowing phenomenon with influence that could bring about enhanced public health. Just in the U.S smoking is responsible for 480,000 deaths. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) claim “tobacco is the leading preventable cause of death in the United States. As e-cigarettes do not contain tobacco, vaping can be seen as a factor that could prevent thousands of deaths worldwide.