Lisa Judd | June 26 2013 9:52 EDT
ForexTV.com (New York) by Lisa Judd
E-cigarettes (E-Cig) may just be the answer to help millions quit smoking. An Italian researcher studied participants who smoked, with no intention of quitting. Using the E-cigarette decreased the amount of regular cigarette use, and in some instances the person stopped regular cigarettes altogether. Continued research is being conducted to determine the safety and long term effects of E-Cigarette use.
E-Cigs have been around since 2004 and although research has been done worldwide in small groups and has proven to help people quit smoking regular cigarettes. It is not being sold in markets as a way to stop smoking. It is not regulated or approved by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) there is not enough known on the long term effects of E-Cig use. E-Cigarettes are being regulated by the FDA Center for Drug Evaluation and Research (CDER). The American Cancer Society (ACS) does not approve of them. Studies have shown that there is cancer causing ingredients in the vapor that a person inhales. The nicotine they contain is still addictive and the ACS feels that kids who experiment with E-Cigs may get addicted to the nicotine and then try other nicotine products with elevated health risks.
The E-Cigarette is a metal device that uses a rechargeable battery to create the vapor that contains the nicotine. The nicotine comes in a cartridge; each cartridge is the equivalent of a pack of cigarettes. The liquid that converts to the vapor has been proven to contain propylene glycol found regularly in inhalers as well as diethylene glycol an ingredient in antifreeze. The FDA reports show that the liquid also contains carcinogens.
Although they have proven to help people quit smoking there is just not enough information on the long term health risks of using them. In 2010 The Journal of Public Health Policy reported that “electronic cigarettes show tremendous promise in the fight against tobacco-related morbidity and mortality.” The FDA which regulates smoking cessation medication, patches, and devices in 2010 attempted to stop the sale of some brands of electronic cigarettes due to the manufacturers advertising as a means to stop smoking. Some states have banned the sale of E-Cigarettes.
Cigarettes one of the biggest known health threats harms nearly every organ in the body. Smoking is responsible for causing nearly 1 in 5 deaths. Approximately 8.6 million people suffer from cigarette smoking related lung and heart disease. Cancer, lung disease, heart attack, stroke, vascular disease, blindness, loss of appendages, and shorter life expectancy are all health concerns caused by smoking.
The latest research conducted in Italy included 300 people from June 2010 through February 2011 all smokers with no intention of quitting. . The participants were broken up into groups. One group received the E-Cig with 7.2 mg of nicotine, the second group started with the same but later in the study the nicotine dose was lowered to 5.4 mg, the third group had E-Cigs with tobacco flavor but zero nicotine. The results showed that 13% of smokers in the first group were not smoking at all a year later, compared to only 4% in the group with no nicotine. The study showed that participants cut down on tobacco use quickly with use of the E-Cigarette and a large percentage quit smoking completely. The results are along the same results received when a person uses medication to quit.
Research has proven over the years to help individuals quit smoking real cigarettes and they can be used in places where smoking is not allowed. As of now the FDA does not approve them for smoking cessation devices, and they are not backed by the American Cancer Society or any other stop smoking program. Speak with your doctor about ways to quit smoking.