Published: Sat, November 16, 2019
Medical | By Mark Scott

Vaping still safer than smoking, reiterate health officials amidst fresh concerns

Vaping still safer than smoking, reiterate health officials amidst fresh concerns

E-cigarettes were the third most common tobacco product used by adults, at 3.2%.

Overall, the groups who gave up for e-cigarettes experienced a 1.49 percentage point improvement in their vascular function compared to those who continued smoking.

'However, for chronic tobacco smokers there were significant improvements in vascular function within a month of switching from a tobacco cigarette to an e-cigarette'. But research demonstrates that using e-cigarettes has become a gateway to smoking, especially for adolescents. The Senate's Committee on Health, Education, Labor & Pensions grilled representatives of the FDA and Centers for Disease Control and Prevention on Wednesday. "Non-smokers, people who are pregnant and young people should not vape", she said.

Based on what they have learned to date, the CDC recommends avoiding all e-cigarettes containing THC and avoid buying e-cigarettes from informal sources such as friends or online dealers.

Concerns have also been raised by a team of German cardiologists whose research found that vaping continues to cause heart damage in smokers who have switched from cigarettes.

What seems to be equally problematic, according to the reviews, is the marketing of e-cigarettes.

But for "chronic" tobacco smokers - those who have smoked at least 15 cigarettes a day for two years - switching resulted in an nearly immediate benefit.

Professor Jeremy Pearson, Associate Medical Director at the British Heart Foundation, said, "Our hearts and blood vessels are the hidden victims of smoking".

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration called vaping illness an "epidemic" and New York University researchers published the first study linking e-cigarettes to lung cancer.

And they warned that vaping is not safe, merely "less harmful" than smoking.

Robertson of the American Heart Association said "the big message ... is that quitting combustible cigarettes is perhaps the most important thing you can do for your health". Within just one month of ditching tobacco for electronic cigarettes, people's blood vessel health had started to recover.

"What makes e-cigarettes so harmful to the heart and lungs is not just nicotine, " said Rader in a press release. However, while it appears that vitamin E acetate is associated with the patients, evidence is not yet sufficient to rule out other chemicals of concern. Until the relationship of vitamin E acetate and lung health is better understood, vitamin E acetate should not be added to e-cigarette, or vaping, products.

Meanwhile, Scotland's Public Health Minister, Joe FitzPatrick MSP, said, "I welcome the publication of this report, which contributes to the ongoing debate about the place of e-cigarettes in our communities".

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