At the moment, electronic cigarettes have been on the market, both in the United States of America, as well as in other parts of the world, for over a decade. They entered the U.S. market in 2003, which is quite a while ago – yet it doesn’t look like medical or industrial authorities are in any rush to get to the truth behind their healthfulness. In recent times, however, it looks like several studies to identify whether or not vaping (i.e. the habit of using electronic cigarettes) does affect the human body to the same extent as smoking tobacco cigarettes.
Smoking kills – and that’s a fact It’s no longer news for anyone who ever looked into current research on smoking: consuming tobacco cigarettes has been effectively and repeatedly linked to heart disease. According to topical scientific estimates for the current century, we are looking at a death toll of one billion to be caused by smoking during the twenty-first century. Of all the ailments that smoking tobacco cigarettes causes, lung and heart afflictions are the most often encountered. As a matter of fact, several studies have proven by now that the heart’s myocardial function is heavily affected in smokers – even in the young and apparently healthy. More worryingly, even, tobacco smokers who fall in that last category can even suffer from sub-clinical symptoms of myocardial dysfunction.
How do electronic cigarettes hold up to regular smokes? According to the FDA in the United States, as well as to several local regulators elsewhere around the world, electronic cigarettes cannot be marketed as ‘healthier’ than tobacco cigs, nor can they be sold as effective nicotine replacement therapies. You can buy a BLU e cig online, for instance, but the producer can’t claim it will help you quit smoking, or be less damaging for your health.
This is because e-cigs haven’t been yet subjected to enough independent, double-blind, peer-reviewed tests (although the upcoming amendments to the European Union’s tobacco product policy might change the situation). In the meantime, recent scientific research has been looking into whether or not e-cig vapors contain any nitrosamines, i.e.
the class of toxic substances that can be found in regular cigarette smoke. The results are telling: according to one study, one of the few which did find nitrosamines in e-cig vapors, the amount identified was 500-1,400 smaller than the one in a single tobacco cigarette. In other words, vapers would need to use their e-cigs daily, for four to twelve months (depending on the amount of nicotine in their e-fluid), in order to inhale as many nitrosamines as the smokers of a single tobacco cigarette.