The report shows just one cigarette has massive negative consequences while vaping has no apparent short-term effect on the heart.
Smoking continues to kill more people every year than any other preventable cause. That’s not to say we haven’t made any progress, as after decades of hiding the truth, the majority of the general public now fully understands how dangerous cigarettes are for the long term health of you and those around you. One of the most significant legs up in the fight against tobacco we’ve gotten in a long time was the advent of modern vaporizers. Unfortunately, they haven’t always received the praise they deserve, as many legislators have been mostly skeptical of their impact. That’s why it’s still a huge win whenever we have research which clearly shows the extreme harm reduction value of vaporizers.
These days, those against vaping are typically primarily concerned with the impact acceptance of vaping could have on our teens. The story goes, that if we legitimize vaping for their value, it will tell teens that vaping is 100% harmless and eventually lead to more smokers. Vaping supporters instead point to a growing pile of peer-reviewed evidence which strongly suggests e-cigarettes are not only an effective harm reduction and smoking cessation tool but potentially the best we have at our disposal. Only time will tell which side wins out, but the more evidence we have supporting the benefits of vaping, the better chance we have to protect our rights.
One of the leading voices in vaping advocacy is Dr. Konstantinos Farsalinos. He, along with a team of researchers from the Onassis Cardiac Surgery Center, took an in-depth look at the differences between vaping and smoking on heart function. The team got a group of volunteers consisting of both smokers and vapers and tracked several biomarkers throughout testing. These tests included Diastolic and Systolic Blood pressures, Isovolumetric relaxation time (IVRT) rates, IVRT corrected to heart rates (IVRTc), triglyceride, glucose, and cholesterol levels, among several others. After collecting their data, the team made some critical conclusions. While vaping wasn’t shown to cause any measurable changes to heart function, just a single cigarette was shown to have adverse effects in nearly every category.
The team expanded on these findings by saying, “No adverse effects on LV [left ventricular] myocardial function were observed after using electronic cigarette with nicotine-containing liquid for 7 minutes. On the contrary, significant changes in diastolic function parameters were found after smoking 1 tobacco cigarette. This study provides the first clinical evidence that electronic cigarettes have less acute adverse effects on myocardial function when compared to tobacco cigarettes.” Research like this is enormous for proving once and for all that vaping is the obvious choice over smoking.
Why Support E-Cigarettes
The more studies we have about vaping, the better. We’ve still got a long way to go, but there is a growing pile of evidence strongly supporting the harm reduction and smoking cessation value of e-cigarettes. Back in 2015 we got the first comprehensive report which found the risk of smoking is 95% higher than vaping. These types of results have become quite common, as just recently researchers concluded the toxicants in vapor are 93% lower than cigarette smoke. However, the most unambiguous indication of the harm reduction value of vaping is the report from the Journal of Aerosol Sciences which concluded the excess lifetime cancer risk of a smoker is around 57,000 times higher than demographically similar vapers.
Looking past the general harm reduction value and we find even more to love about vaping. A report out of the University of Louisville wanted to test the success rate of different smoking cessation tools. After testing all the most common methods and aids, the team concluded it was none other than vaping, which had the best chances of working. But for many, the most important reason to fight against vaping is the impact it has on teens. Luckily the evidence we have on this topic is more optimistic than the media. In fact, a report of over 60,000 teens by Action on Smoking and Health concluded only between 0.1% and 0.5% of non-smoking teens are ever picking up a vaporizer more than a couple times.
Legislators and media outlets equating vaping and smoking has long been a problem for the vaping community. While it may seem innocuous, the fewer people who understand the value of vaping over smoking, the fewer people who will ever see the point in making a switch. Smoking is still one of the worst things you can do for the long term health of you and those around you. So if we genuinely want to end the tobacco epidemic once and for all, we simply must support all the best tools we have, especially e-cigarettes.
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