Harm Reversal: E-cigs 96% Safer than Combustible Cigs

Choice between cigarette and e-cigarette

The university of Catania, Italy has structured an integrated clinical research program designed to detect early changes of sub-clinical injury in ‘healthy’ smokers who have made the switch to vaping as well as those with preexisting lung disease.  The report states that “the initial findings are promising and generally supportive of a beneficial effect of electronic cigarette use in relation to respiratory outcomes, both in health and disease.”

‘Healthy’ smokers were invited to quit or reduce their tobacco consumption by switching  to e-cigarettes and changes in lung function were monitored for up to a year.   The report outlines significant early positive changes by 3 months, with steady progressive improvements following after.   The report also states that participants with preexisting asthma and COPD displayed significant improvements in respiratory physiology, and did not suffer any asthma attacks.

The report claims that “compared to combustible cigarettes, e-vapour products are at least 96% less harmful and may substantially reduce individual risk and population harm.”  Closing advice in the report recommends that the emerging evidence on harm reversal should be “taken into consideration by regulatory authorities” in policy creation.

Electronic cigarettes with nicotine “very similar to drinking coffee” UK Professor reports

Electronic Cigarettes effects are very similar to drinking coffee

A UK professor states electronic cigarettes with nicotine are “very similar to drinking coffee” to the body.

A recent test was completed at Queen Mary University in London, England with a subject.  He is having the levels of carbon monoxide tested both after using en electronic cigarette, and then a tobacco cigarette.  You can watch the video here.

This test is overseen by Professor Peter Hayek.   Hayek stated: “Many people see nicotine itself as a dangerous poison, but if nicotine is taken without the accompanying toxins (such as with an electronic cigarette) then the health effects would be very similar to drinking coffee”.

“E-cigarettes contain no discernible toxins or carbon monoxide” as stated by the reporter Graham Satchell of the BBC.  After using a carbon monoxide detector both before starting the test,  immediately after using an electronic cigarette, and then immediately after using a tobacco cigarette, the test clearly showed that electronic cigarettes do not increase carbon monoxide in the body, whereas tobacco cigarettes do.  Carbon monoxide is very dangerous for the body.  There is good evidence that high levels of carbon monoxide in the blood of smokers is one of the main factors causing smokers to have increased rates of cardiovascular diseases (such as angina and heart attacks)1  It is clear that reduced oxygen supply caused by carbon monoxide is a major factor.

 

References:

Electronic Cigarettes vs. Smoking – How do they compare?

Carbon Monoxide in Cigarette Smoke