Health officials from Tennesse have just added newly discovered risks in regards to electronic cigarettes. The e-cigarette is an electronic device used to vaporize a flavored liquid. Users are actually vaping exactly like smokers, yet it is believed that there are fewer side effects than with a real cigar. However, health officials let the public know that vaping has not been approved as an actual method to quit smoking. There are other regulated products that help in this area, such as inhalers, adhesive patches, chewing gum or nose spray that are all based on nicotine.
The electronic cigarettes have first entered the market advertised as a healthy replacement for real cigars. However, the public started to change the way they perceive this battery-based product. Even though there are no tests that study the long term effects of e-cigarettes on smokers, the public began to question their health effects.
Eric Ford, the author of the recent study, was encouraged by the public perception. Even though there was no taken governmental decision regarding these vaping devices during the study years, the consumers have started to avoid them because of possible adverse effects.
The recent study was possible thanks to a series of national surveys conducted for a long period of time between 2012 and 2014. The data covered personal answers from more than 3,000 participants during each year. These persons were randomly selected and could be classified into three groups, namely smokers, former smokers, and non-smokers. It was the U.S. National Cancer Institute that conducted the surveys.
One of the conclusions of the research was that the awareness regarding the use of electronic cigarettes increased by 17% between 2012 and 2014. This means that the total level of acquaintance with such a product came to grow from 77% to 94%. However, the study registered no connection between e-cigarettes and successful attempts of people to quit smoking. In 2012, 50% of people believed that the vaping devices were less harmful than real cigars. By 2014, the rate dropped to 43%.
However, while the study makes it clear that the influence of electronic cigarettes is too weak to break the habit of smoking, it doesn’t provide any possible health effects. On the other hand, the team of scientists has possibly found a link between lung conditions and diacetyl, a chemical found in the flavored liquid. Moreover, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration intends to regulate these devices. In the future, no commercial entity will be allowed to sell vaping product to people under the age of 18.
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