In most vapers and non-vapers, the conflict of whether long term and regular vaping poses health risks have still not ended. The reason behind this conflict has been the uncertainty and lack of information about this topic. Neither many types of research or studies have been conducted in this field, nor is there any reliable secondary source material to prove the facts. This has led to curiosity in many people regarding the usage of vapes is actually harmful or it isn’t?
However, a new study was conducted recently which involved a deep and intense observation on the body behavior of vapers and nonvapers over a time period of three years to analyze the damage caused by vaping to their respiratory systems.
The study was put to action by Professor Riccardo Polosa of the University of Catania who specifically chose its subjects: Middle Aged youth, 25-28 years of age. It was stated that nine of them were daily e-cigarette consumers who never smoked and the rest twelve were both Non-smokers and non-vapers. The reason for choosing subjects who were specifically non-smokers were because any previous exposure with tobacco would have hindered the accurate results, making the effects of vaping indistinguishable from the effects of smoking.
The study involved the researchers noting basic internal body activities, namely blood pressure, heart rate, and weight. Further tests were conducted later on, including various spirometry tests (standard tests used to evaluate lung health) and an HRCT (high-resolution computed tomography) test at the end of the observation to arrive at a final decision.
None of the nine regular e-cigarette users exhibited signs of “lung injury,” as stated by the study in comparison to the subjects who neither smoked nor vaped in their lives. Regardless of whether the research team analyzed blood pressure or lung tomography, both groups showed the same results.
After the cessation of the observational time period, the research stated:
“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 when compared with a carefully matched group of never-smoking non-EC users.” reported the study authors. The researchers added that even the heaviest of users displayed no signs of lung damage or inflammation, and no changes in blood pressure or heart rate were observed.”
Therefore the results of the study clearly revealed that there was negligible or no difference between the health conditions of both the vaping group and the nonvaping group and hence the study declared vaping to be safe and free from all health risks.
Though the sample size of the study was comparatively small and the study was not conducted on a very high level but the research conducted by Polosa gave an answer to the questions on various mouths regarding the health issues related to vaping. The scientist also was rewarded with INNCO Global Award for the successful completion and publication of this study.
Polosa Said: “The results of this study may provide some preliminary evidence that long-term use of ECs is unlikely to raise significant health concerns in relatively young users.”
Even after the conclusion of this study some of the scientists and medical experts had a question regarding the arterial stiffness caused by smoking vapes and the reason behind it.
However, the query was further cleared upon by a renowned scientist Prof. Peter Hajek (Tobacco Dependence Research Unit, at Queen Mary University of London (QMUL) saying “This is a well-known stimulant effect of nicotine that has little relevance for health. Drinking coffee has the same effect, only greater and longer lasting (as does watch a dramatic football match).”