As the vaping debate continues to heat up, more studies are being performed to determine the long-term effects of vaping compared to those associated with cigarette consumption. Most are aware how the FDA is getting closer to coming up with a clear list of guidelines and regulations regarding the ways in which the vaping industry can be marketed and sold. Therefore, we’re seeing an increase in funding going toward studies that examine how vaping affects the human body, the makeup of its second-hand emissions and potential effectiveness for those looking to make the switch.
Below are three pro-vaping studies that have been performed in the Q2 of this year. Each supports the notion that vaping should be made as accessible as possible to the public, especially for those looking for a way to quit smoking.
Vape Study #1: Smokers Double Their Risk for Losing Their Eyesight
There was a poll done from the Association of Optometrists showing 1 in 5 people are aware that smoking might lead to potential blindness. This was done with a little over 2,000 adults, with only 18% accurately aware that smoking heightened the risk of blindness, while roughly three-quarters of the participants understood smoking was connected to cancer.
The Royal National Institute of Blind People details how tobacco smoke can be the root of worsening eye conditions. Toxic chemicals, mainly dense metals such as lead and copper, start to accumulate in the lens, thus harming the eyes by causing severe conditions like cataracts.
Those who smoke, and are already diabetic suffers, can worsen their sight issues. This is done by damaging blood vessels in the retina. On top of that, smokers are close to three-times more likely to develop age-related macular degeneration.
Vape Study #2: Smoking is Down in the United Kingdom Largely Thanks to Vaping
Public Health England has yet again proven that the United Kingdom is far more friendly toward vaping than the United States thanks to a study performed this July. The research found that cigarette use continues to decrease throughout the UK while vaping is becoming more and more popular than ever before. This data strongly suggests that vaping can be a highly successful smoking cessation tool for those who are trying to get off of cigarettes for good.
It’s worth pointing out that the United Kingdom has a very pro-vaping attitude, and legislation supports the industry because the government believes that vaping is a far better alternative to smoking in terms of its effects on a person’s health. The fact that so many UK citizens have managed to quit smoking in favor of vaping is the result of how accessible the United Kingdom has made this technology.
Vape Study #3: Smoking Can Damage the Neuroimmune System
A recent June study showed that cigarette use can damage the body’s neuroimmune system, which is the system that connects the immune and the nervous systems. It explains why those with a compromised immune system may experience cognitive decline. According to the study, certain toxins found in cigarette smoke can impair the immune system’s ability to fight off infections while decreasing cognitive function.
The study examined the neuroimmune systems of 16 smokers and 19 people who don’t smoke. Then, the participants were injected with inflammatory stimulus lipopolysaccharide. The group of smokers had lower responses to the injection than those who don’t smoke. This data suggests that smokers are at a high risk of both cognitive dysfunction and immune dysfunction.
So Far, So Good Heading into Q3
Thanks to the plethora of positive studies that have been performed in Q2, we might be on our way to a more positive shift. As the year continues, more research needs to be conducted in order to further demonstrate to the public that vaping should be recognized as a smoking cessation tool. For now, however, researchers still have many studies in the works for the remainder of the year.