With electronic cigarette use on the rise, many in the scientific, medical, and government communities have expressed growing concern about potential unknown dangers surrounding these devices. As a result, there have been a variety of studies conducted in recent months, delving into different health aspects of e-cig usage. Naturally, vaping enthusiasts have a vested interest in learning as much about the science involved in e-cig use as they can, since it is ultimately they who will have to endure any discovered health risks and identify the best e-cigs. Here is a brief review of the latest electronic cigarette studies, and some of their findings.
While the study suggested that electronic cigarette vapors did have toxicological effects on the cells in question – regardless of whether the tested liquid contained nicotine, its acknowledgment that the risk is much lower than that posed by tobacco smoke bolsters the claims of those who argue that electronic cigarettes are safer than their tobacco rivals.
Additional research studies are underway even now, with different interest groups looking at the full range of issues related to electronic cigarette safety. Despite many studies showing a minimal risk of harm to those who enjoy these products, e-cig opponents remain steadfast in their insistence that there must be some risk that justifies either tight regulation or an outright ban.
With the FDA now prepared to institute tight new restrictions on electronic cigarettes – treating these tobacco-free products as if they were actually tobacco, the debate around the science is surely to intensify. That makes it especially important for e-cig proponents to diligently monitor future studies to ensure that the science is conducted in a sound manner, to ensure that industry opponents are not provided false scientific results that could be used to further impede electronic cigarette use.