Debunking the Myth of Inadequate E-Cig Research

There just isn’t enough research about the long-term effects. We need further studies to really understand whether they are really helpful for smokers who want to quit. Do these statements sound familiar? There is a very common myth seen in daily news related to electronic cigarettes. Everyone seems to think that there is little no research about e-cigs, but this is actually far from true.

Below, you can read an overview of 10 e-cig research studies that were completed in the last four years. There are many other studies that are not listed here, but these 10 are important because of the information each one uncovered. Next time you hear someone say that there hasn’t been enough research, show them a copy of this list and then ask them to reconsider that opinion.

Study #1: Health Status Improves After Switching to E-Cigarettes

In November 2009, independent university researchers did a survey to determine whether switching from tobacco to e-cigarettes influenced health. Results showed that 91% of smokers who switched to e-cigs had improved health and 97% were able to reduce or eliminate their chronic “smoker’s cough”. You can read the full study here.

Study #2: E-Cigs are Effective to Help Prevent Tobacco Related Mortality

In December 2010, Boston University of Public Health did a study to find out if e-cigarettes could reduce mortality risks related to tobacco. The results showed that “electronic cigarettes are a much safer alternative to tobacco.” You can read the details of the study here.

Study #3: E-Cigs Can Function As a Smoking Cessation Device

In November 2011, the University of Catania studied whether smokers could use e-cigarettes as a smoking cessation device. At the end of the six-month study, almost a quarter of participants had quit smoking completely and over half had reduced their cigarette use by at least 50 percent. You can read the full study here.

Study #4: E-Cigarettes Do Not Damage Heart Function

In August 2012, the Greece’s Onassis Cardiac Surgery Center studied how e-cigs and tobacco cigarettes impact heart function. Participants who smoked tobacco cigarettes showed “acute impairment of 4 parameters” of cardiac function along with concerning increase in heart rate and higher blood pressure. Participants who used e-cigarettes had only a slight increase in blood pressure and no significant impact on heart function. Read the full study here.

Study #5: E-Cig Vapor Causes No Risk to Public Health

In October 1012, the National Vapers Club did a study to determine how e-cig vapor impacted the environment and whether secondhand vapor put people at risk. The results showed that e-cig vapor did not pose any discernible risk to public health. You can read the full study here.

Study #6: E-Cigs Cause No Major Respiratory Effects

In February 2013, a new research study determined that e-cigs caused no acute respiratory impact. After comparing both first and second hand impact of e-cig vapor, researchers found that even second hand exposure to tobacco smoke was more damaging to lung function than first hand exposure to e-cig vapor. You can read the full report here.

Study #7: E-Cig Vapor Contains Few Toxins

In March 2013, a study from the Roswell Park Cancer Institute looked at the level of toxins present in vapor from 12 e-cig brands. The results showed that toxic compounds in e-cigs were up to 450 times less than the toxins from cigarette smoke. Researchers said that the rate of toxins was similar, or in some cases lower than toxins in nicotine inhalers that are medically approved and prescribed. You can read more about the findings here.

Study #8: Second Hand Exposure to E-Cig Vapor is Not Dangerous

In April 2013, French researchers found that cigarette smoke lingered in the air for 19-20 minutes. In contrast, e-cig vapor dissipated in 11 seconds. The research team concluded that second hand exposure to e-cigarette vapor does not present any real risk. Read the study here.

Study #9: E-Cigs Do Not Cause Cell Damage or Death

In May 2013, Onassis Cardiac Surgery Center in Greece studied the cytotoxic effects of electronic cigarettes. After looking at 21 different e-cig brands, the researchers concluded that there was no evidence that e-cigs cause cell damage or death. Read the full study here.

Study #10: E-Cigs Help Smokers Quit Even If They Don’t Intend To

In June 2013, Dr. Richard Polosa released the results of his recent study about e-cigs. Dr. Polosa recruited 300 smokers that were not interested in giving up tobacco. After providing them all with e-cigarettes for one year, he found that 8.7 percent quit smoking. You can read the details of the study here.

As you can see, research about electronic cigarettes is growing each year. Which one of these studies has the greatest potential impact on public opinion of e-cigarettes? What other studies would you like to see performed?

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Author Focus: Katie Bercham
Katie actually had a negative first experience of electronic cigarettes, picking up a cheap and horrible model from my local mall. Thanks to a chance meeting with co-editor David, she hasn’t had a tobacco cigarette in over 2 years. She brings a strong female voice to the e-cig community... Read Full Profile >