Over the past few years, electronic cigarettes have witnessed a considerable amount of popularity, not to mention support from many professors and scientists. However, with the good comes the bad and by bad we mean a lot of authoritative figures have taken the step to restrict their use and, in some cases, ban them entirely.
As a vaper, the freedom to vape is undoubtedly important, and while the ‘freedom’ aspect may differ from person to person, advocates of e-cigs and e-cig users can all agree that worldwide acceptance and a little leniency when it comes to bans and strict regulations would go a long way.
There have also been a number of studies and reviews highlighting the potential benefits of these devices, with one of the latest suggesting that the potential advantages may outweigh the risks commonly associated with these nicotine-delivery devices.
The review looked at the evidence currently available regarding electronic cigarettes and concluded that “although long-term health effects of e-cigarette use are unknown, compared with conventional cigarettes they are likely to be much less harmful to users or bystanders.”
The conclusion also made clear that although there are currently “gaps in the knowledge that require further research,” the evidence we have at the moment “does not justify regulating them more strictly than, or even as strictly as, conventional cigarettes” according to Addiction Journal.
The journal goes on to say that regulations will ultimately provide “the greatest public health benefit when they are proportional, based on evidence and incorporate a rational appraisal of likely risks and benefits.” Only then will we see the major breakthrough needed to help tackle the growing smoking epidemic.
The review was headed by Peter Hajek of Queen Mary University of London and was carried out by a team of tobacco researchers. Peter Hajek commented saying “the evidence we currently have is clear: e-cigarettes should be allowed to compete against conventional cigarettes in the marketplace. Healthcare professionals may advise smokers who are unwilling to cease nicotine use to switch to e-cigarettes. Smokers who have not managed to stop with current treatments may also benefit from switching to e-cigarettes.”
One of the potential benefits of using an e-cig in place of traditional cigarettes is that your home will now be smoke free, which is great news for your children, your pets and even your furniture. Children and pets will be able to breathe more comfortably, and your furniture will no longer smell smoky.
What do you think the future looks like for electronic cigarettes? Do you believe they will still be regulated strictly or even banned?