Surveys and research is in, and the proof is here that electronic cigarettes are safer than conventional cigarettes. In a recently conducted survey, it was found out that most Americans under the age of 35 thing that using e-cigarettes does not cause as much damage to their lungs compared to conventional cigarettes.
The sample size that was chose for this survey comprised current or ex smokers, who use electronic cigarettes or vaping devices. Over 2000 people were reviewed under the age of 35 and 44% of respondents believed saying that they felt electronic counterparts were less harmful than conventional cigarettes. When it came to men, the number jumped to a whopping 54% who thought that e-cigs are safer.
Shields, a lead researcher on the project said “The truth is there is just so much we don’t know about these new products, we have no idea where in the spectrum these are, in terms of safety. Are they like cigarettes, or nothing like cigarettes? Do they affect people the same if they’ve never smoked, or a lot worse? We need to figure this out.”
Over 2000 people were reviewed under the age of 35 and 44% of respondents believed saying that they felt electronic counterparts were less harmful than conventional cigarettes.
“There is minimal data available regarding the direct health effects of e-cig use or vaping, but these products have gained rapid popularity among existing smokers and non-smokers alike, including young adults,” Shields added.
The OSUCCC, an organisation that prides itself with leading medical research has James, who is recruiting healthy volunteers who currently use tobacco products, in order to evaluate the long term effects of electronic cigarettes. While there is plenty of data available on the short term effects of using e-cigarettes and vaporizers instead of conventional cigarettes, long term evaluations are still necessary.
The US Food and Drug Administration, FDA, finalised a rule on May 5th, 2016 that extended its authority to the regulation of all tobacco products, including e-cigarettes, hookahs and pipe tobacco. FDA is funding these research projects and taking steps to evaluate the extent of long term effects that regular use of electronic counterparts may have on lungs.