Electronic Cigarette Research

Electronic cigarettes are battery-powered hand-held devices that aim to replicate the experience of smoking for those individuals who are attempting to either quit smoking or reduce their tobacco intake gradually and safely. The cigarettes are available with many different flavors of E liquids, are advertised as not containing the same toxins as tobacco, and can be smoked in public places because of this.

However, there has recently been some concern with regards to the safety of these devices. Several anti smoking groups have campaigned to have the devices investigated, and as a result of this a study has been carried out. In this research, it was discovered that the electronic cigarettes may be more harmful to the lungs of the user than previously realized. Immediately after smoking, and up to ten minutes after finishing the inhalation, it was found to be more difficult for oxygen to reach the lungs of the users because the resistance of the airway, on average, increased. Because of this, it means that the oxygen cannot reach the blood stream effectively.

Not all participants were affected equally. In fact, the non-smokers of the group were more highly affected by inhaling the vapor, and the smokers who were testing the devices were not shown to have any significant differences in their ability to take oxygen into their lungs. Because of this research, the producers of many brands of electronic cigarette have been told that they have to send their products off for testing before they are allowed to sell any more.

The results of this research proved to be popular with the anti smoking groups who had incited the debate, however it is important to consider the real meaning of the results. The first thing to consider is that non-smokers are not supposed to use electronic cigarettes. This has never been the group that they have been aimed at, and the websites selling the devices suggest that you only use them if you are already a smoker and trying to cut down.

The people who oppose smoking suggest that, seeing as it is non-smokers who are affected by the devices, people should not be trying to switch from tobacco cigarettes, as there would still be a negative effect from the electronic version. However, it is important to remember that they are never intended to be used on an unlimited basis. The aim of the device was always to help a user to safely reduce the amount of nicotine that they have on an average day whilst allowing the user to avoid the cravings that are usually associated with stopping smoking. If they are used in this way, then individuals would be able to reduce their usage over a period of time, and would eventually be able to stop using cigarettes completely. With this being the case, it is hard to understand why opposing groups could believe that continuing to smoke tobacco cigarettes can be any safer than switching to a version that would allow you to cut back on your intake, and eventually stop it altogether.

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