Researchers from the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine, working under a congressional mandate, examined a trove of scientific research in what they’re touting as one of the most comprehensive studies on the health implications of electronic cigarette use.
Based on the evidence they examined, which is notably limited due to the short period of time that vaping has been around, they found e-cig use to not be without potential health risks, however, they couldn’t help but note that in comparison to smoking conventional cigarettes, it is “likely to be far less harmful.”
“[Electronic cigarettes] are likely to be far less harmful than conventional cigarettes.”
The researchers behind the report examined over 800 peer-reviewed scientific studies and reached over a dozen conclusions on the health implications of e-cigarette use as a result of their research.
Summarizing what we believe to be a couple of the study’s leading findings, the researchers found that while e-cigs may help adult smokers quit smoking cigarettes, they might also lead some youth’s to begin smoking.
In the case of youth vape use, the researchers concluded that vaping is generally most popular in the United States with young adults and its popularity declines as the age of the demographic increases. And as it pertains to which sex vapes the most, they found vaping to be generally be more popular with males than females. By their account, there is significant scientific evidence to suggest that e-cig use among young adults increases their risk of transitioning to conventional cigarettes.
As for adults who are using e-cigs in an attempt to stop smoking, the evidence suggests that it might not only help, it’s also likely to be a lot less harmful – or healthier, depending on how you look at it. This comes, at least in part, as a result of the aerosol or vapor created by such products containing less toxic substances than the smoke produced by burning conventional cigarettes.
More Research Necessary
All this aside, one point may very well stand out above all others and that’s the fact that the available scientific evidence on the effects of e-cig vaping is limited at this time and we will have to wait for more research to be conducted, published, and reviewed before scientists can reach final conclusion on the health implications of vaping with electronic cigarettes.
The report’s contributors include the National Academies of Science, Engineering, and Medicine as well the Committee on the Review of the Health Effects of Electronic Nicotine Delivery Systems and the Board on Population Health and Public Health Practice.