Long Term Effects of Vaping
For a long time now the anti vaping lobby have struggled to come up with any concrete evidence against vaping. When you have no evidence putting forward an ill informed opinion it doesn’t take long before your argument breaks down. When faced with this, their go to secondary argument has always been the same ‘we don’t know for sure what the long term effects of vaping are, it could be just as bad as cigarettes.’
Well ladies and gentlemen, November 17th was the day that the first nail went into the coffin of the anti vaping lobby.
Health Study Shows Effects
On November 17th Dr. Riccardo Polosa published a study that he and his team of researchers had carried out. Researchers from two different universities were involved in the study, the University of California-Los Angeles and the University of Catania. The study was to determine the effects on health from using e-cigarettes. Carried out over a course of three and a half years it included two separate groups.
The first group was a control group consisting of people who had never smoked and who did not vape. The second group was a group who had also never smoked, but who were vaping. The vaping group had to vape every day to ensure that the long term effects of the vaping could be effectively recorded. The groups both had the same health indicators checked over the course of the study. These indicators included, but were not limited to, heart rate, blood pressure, lung function and respiratory symptoms. The results were surprising to say the least, even to the most optimistic vape supporter.
Positive or Negative Results?
The overwhelmingly positive results, for vape supporters at least, were somewhat of a shock when they were announced. Even the most fervent supporter of vaping has at the back of their mind that vaping might only be 99.5% safer than cigarettes, but the study showed that there were no discernable differences in results between the vaping and non-vaping groups.
This shows that over the course of the three and a half years the heart and lungs had not been damaged by vaping. This is an incredibly positive result for the vaping community as there is finally a cast iron argument to reply when people claim that in the long term vaping could possibly be harmful.
Dr. Riccardo Polosa has stated that the conclusions the study has drawn are in the main positive. With the conclusion of the study emphasising “we found no decrements in spirometric indices, development of respiratory symptoms, changes in markers of lung inflammation in exhaled air or findings of early lung damage on HRCT”
This shows that there was no damage inflicted by the use of e-cigarettes over the three and a half year period. Polosa’s research being published coincided with him being involved on a Q&A panel at The E-Cigarette Summit where he also presented the findings from the study.
The short term effects of vaping have been shown to be the same as if you don’t vape. In the long term there are no studies as of yet, but that is not out of fear, it is just because vaping hasn’t been around long enough for a study to have been carried out over a long period of time.
So what comes next? Is this the end of the anti vaping lobby? Unfortunately the answer the that question is a resounding no. What does this mean for you? Currently, not that much. Dr. Polosa drew the conclusion at the end of his study that the findings from this study were incredibly ground breaking, but due to the small sample size the findings were not definitive. This doesn’t mean that the findings are false, it just means that they are not 100% accurate.
What does come next then? Polosa didn’t just come to the conclusion that the sample size was small so that was that. He also asserted that this warrants a more in depth study. Both with a larger sample size and with the inclusion of smokers as well. Polosa feels that with both of these being included in further studies it could lead you many more nails being driven into the anti smoking lobby’s coffin.
How does that affect you though? Well, the recent TPD compliant products have all been put into place due to the pressure put onto the government by the anti vaping lobby. As more studies are carried out that pressure will not just be far less but it will also be far easier to bat away. Polosa may not have won the war when he published his study, but he certainly won the first real battle. If you want to read the study in all its glory for yourself, then it is right here.