Fontem Ventures, the manufacturer of the Blu e-cigarette, recently commissioned a study on the harmful effects of vaping. For its part, the Dutch subsidiary of the British tobacco group Imperial Brands wanted to put an end to the controversy surrounding the potential harmfulness of e-cigarettes. Joint research was conducted by two institutes based in Leeds, England.
In order to identity the potential health dangers of e-cigarettes, the research teams measured different clinical factors, such as lung capacity, heart rate, and health effects linked to tobacco withdrawal.
In order to carry out this longitudinal study, 209 vape volunteers were chosen. It took two years to obtain reliable conclusions that can be applied over the long term. E-cigarette advocates and the medical community greatly anticipated the results, published in early January 2018.
The health benefits of vaping
During the research period, not a single volunteer faced any significant health problem. Vaping even reduced withdrawal effects related to quitting tobacco. Indeed, clinical withdrawal symptoms disappeared after 2 months of vaping, most evident in cases of nasopharyngitis, headaches, and sore throat. Additionally, vaping resulted in reduced exposure to toxic chemicals found in traditional cigarettes.
Another interesting result was that none of the volunteers gained any weight. On the other hand, a US National Health and Nutrition Examination Survey of 12,000 people found that without a nicotine substitute, and for people who smoked more than 25 cigarettes per day, quitting smoking resulted in an average weight gain of 10.4kg over ten years.
Based on these results, Tanvir Walele, the lead researcher for Fontem Ventures, emphasizes the importance of e-cigarettes for effectively quitting smoking. He is also calling on authorities to change regulations. So that smokers hoping to quit can have easier access to e-cigarettes.