Renowned tobacco harm reduction expert, Professor Riccardo Polosa, has led a study into the impact of medium term e-cigarette use. The team found that there were no health concerns associated with medium term usage of electronic cigarettes in non-smokers.
The study was published in the Journal Scientific Reports last month and consisted of a 3.5 year observational study of a group of nine daily vapers who have never smoked, and a reference group of twelve non-smoker who do not vape. Polosa’s team monitored blood pressure, heart rate, body weight, lung function, respiratory systems, exhaled breath nitric oxide and exhaled carbon monoxide in the participants. No significant changes could be detected between the e-cigarette users and the control group over this time and no respiratory symptoms were reported in the vaping group.
The study concluded by saying that although there is no way to determine if harmful symptoms could develop at a later stage, the research shows that at this point no concerns were raised.
Professor Polosa is Director of the Institute of Internal Medicine and Antismoking Center at the University of Catania. In 2016 he was awarded the INNCO Global award, an honour given to those who strive to make a “positive impact in the battle against smoking’.
Read more about the study: https://www.nature.com/articles/s41598-017-14043-2