Reports find mixed impact of e-cigs

  • Reports find mixed impact of e-cigs

Reports find mixed impact of e-cigs

A new congressionally mandated report from the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine takes a comprehensive look at evidence on the human health effects of e-cigarettes.

While the report itself is unclear as to whether e-cigarettes are more likely to help current smokers quit or simply perpetuate their use of tobacco cigarettes, there is no suggestion that their use provides any benefit whatsoever to innocent bystanders who are involuntarily exposed to the "airborne concentrations of particulate matter and nicotine".

Furthermore, while the use of e-cigarettes can help adults to stop smoking conventional cigarettes, the study found substantial evidence that e-cigarette use results in symptoms of dependence on e-cigarettes.

The committee behind the study titled Public Health Consequences of E-cigarettes made several findings and the crux of those are that vaping is safer than smoking in some instances but still unsafe when compared to not smoking at all. So, even if the deadly risks from e-cigarettes is only one-tenth of those from smoking tobacco, it still represents a major completely preventable health hazard.

Prof. Banzhaf helped lead the fight to ban the use of e-cigarettes on airplanes, and in jurisdictions such as Suffolk County, NY, and in the State of New Jersey.

However, e-cigarettes contain fewer toxic chemicals, and lower levels of them, than traditional cigarettes.

The FDA's commissioner, Scott Gottlieb said that it is mandatory to put products such as E-Cigarettes under thorough regulatory programs to evaluate the risks.

"This report shows what happens when a new product is introduced without meaningful government oversight", Myers noted in a press release.

NEIGHMOND: Shannon Lea Watkins headed one of the 800 studies reviewed by the committee.

Gregory Conley, president of the American Vaping Association, said it highlights potential benefits of e-cigarette use and supports U.S.

NEIGHMOND: And that temptation to try tobacco cigarettes, she says, was easily exacerbated.

Young people who vape are at a higher risk for ever using a conventional cigarette than young people who don't - substantial evidence.

There is conclusive evidence that replacing combustible cigarettes with e-cigarettes reduces exposure to many toxicants and carcinogens. The recent report which tells that e-cigarettes give way to tobacco-based products are focused towards the nicotine-based e-cigarettes. But Watkins says it's not just the addictive quality of nicotine. And so they are perceived as less unsafe. The whiteboard marker-sized devices, which vaporized liquid nicotine rather than burning tobacco and creating tar, were designed as a healthier alternative to cancer-causing conventional cigarettes.

NEIGHMOND: And using e-cigs might change the culture or social group young people are involved with. And then they might go on to try them. They're largely unregulated, and it's not known exactly how much nicotine or other toxic chemicals are in them.

NASEM's advice is important because it will guide the FDA as the agency decides how to regulate the vaping industry, which last year got a four-year reprieve from rules that threatened to drive the vast majority of companies out of business.