A new study showed that non-smoking vapers experience no long-term negative health effects from vaping.
The research team from the University of Catania and the University of California-Los Angeles, followed a group of vapers for 3.5 years who had never smoked and measured effects on their health and included coronary, circulatory and pulmonary vital signs. To keep it fair, they also kept tabs on another group who did not vape and also never smoked.
The following was measured:
- Blood pressure
- Heart rate
- Body weight
- Lung function
- Respiratory symptoms
- Exhaled breath nitric oxide
- Exhaled carbon monoxide
- High-resolution computed tomography (HRCT) of the lungs
The results showed that the vapers had no negative health outcomes, but rather found that the results were almost indistinguishable from those of the non-vapers.
No significant changes were observed including lung function and lunch inflammation. In addition, no significant structural abnormalities could be identified on HRCT of the lungs and no respiratory symptoms were reported.
It was interesting to note that there was no indication of heart or lung damage, or changes in average heart rate or blood pressure. Conversely, young smokers show signs of lung damage after only two years of cigarette smoking.
The importance of the study is that we now start having access to research on the long-term effects of vaping in users who don’t have a history of smoking.
Although the results are good news for vapers, it’s even better for smokers, who can try vaping as a cessation tool more confidently.
Read full study here.