While health authorities continue to undermine electronic cigarettes almost everywhere in the world, here below are the main findings of 4 scientific studies.
They show that vaping is far less harmful than tobacco cigarettes. It should thus definitely be considered as an alternative to reduce tobacco use.
Exposure to Nicotine and Selected Toxicants in Cigarette Smokers Who Switched to Electronic Cigarettes
2016, Maciej L. Goniewicz, Michal Gawron, Danielle M. Smith, Margaret Peng, Peyton Jacob, Neal L. Benowitz
This is the first study that demonstrates that replacing tobacco cigarettes by an e-cigarette may reduce user exposure to numerous toxicants and carcinogens otherwise present in tobacco cigarettes.
The authors who worked on this comprehensive research fully agreed on the fact that vaping is less harmful than traditional smoking. “After switching from tobacco to e-cigarettes, nicotine exposure remains unchanged, while exposure to selected carcinogens and toxicants is substantially reduced”. Besides, 45% of participants reported complete abstinence from cigarette smoking at 2 weeks.
Effect of Smoking Abstinence and Reduction in Asthmatic Smokers Switching to Electronic Cigarettes
2014, Riccardo Polosa, Jaymin Morjaria, Pasquale Caponnetto, Massimo Caruso, Simona Strano, Eliana Battaglia and Cristina Russo
In this study, effects of e-cigs on subjective and objective asthma parameters as well as tolerability in asthmatic smokers who quit or reduced their tobacco consumption by switching to these products are studied. According to the findings, a regular use of e-cigs is associated with objective and subjective improvements in asthma outcomes. Therefore, searchers agree that e-cigs can be a valid option for asthmatic patients who cannot quit smoking by other methods.
Real-world effectiveness of e-cigarettes when used to aid smoking cessation
2014, Jamie Brown, Emma Beard, Daniel Kotz, Susan Michie, Robert West
This study acknowledges the fact that vaping is a helpful way to enable smokers to quit. “Among smokers who have attempted to stop without professional support, those who use e-cigarettes are more likely to report continued abstinence than those who used a licensed NRT (nicotine replacement therapy) product bought over-the-counter or no aid to cessation”.
Safety evaluation and risk assessment of electronic cigarettes as tobacco cigarette substitutes
2014, Konstantinos E. Farsalinos and Riccardo Polosa
This systematic literature review makes it very clear. Smokers would benefit from switching to vaping. Farsalinos and Polosa conclude the study by saying 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”.