Concerned about your health?

We go in deep on the research on electronic cigarettes.

Research on the Health Benefits of Electronic Cigarettes

There are probably many reasons why you’re looking into electronic cigarettes. The main reason would most likely be for health reasons and we totally understand this.

 

 

Harm Reduction

If you’re quitting traditional tobacco, you are probably looking for a healthier alternative on the way to completely quitting normal tobacco. Chances are you’ve probably read articles on the web or social media that have left you confused as to where electronic cigarettes stand in comparison to regular tobacco.

Let’s clear this up for you.

One of the most recent studies, published by Annals of Internal Medicine on the 7th of February 2017, aimed to compared the exposure to nicotine, tobacco related carcinogens and toxins among different smoking groups. The groups included traditional tobacco use only, dual use of tobacco and electronic cigarettes and ex-smokers who now only use electronic cigarettes. The study adjusted for biases that were present in the study and came up with very positive results for electronic cigarettes.

The study found that after six months former smokers who had only been vaping had very low levels of the worst carcinogens that are found in tobacco smoke. NNAL, which is a chemical heavily linked to lung cancer, was 97.5 percent lower in that same group who stopped smoking and now only vaped compared to the average smoker.

Amazing right? Well there’s more.

A expert independent evidence review that was published by Public Health England had many positive findings and some surprising findings as well. To state the importance of Public Health England is that it exists to protect and improve the nation’s health and wellbeing, and reduce health inequalities.

Let’s start with the positive. The key findings of the review found that electronic cigarettes are 95% less harmful than traditional tobacco. The publication also found that if the social harm was included, then electronic cigarettes only have 4% of the harm of tobacco.

The publication found that only 1% of the population had never smoked and were regular electronic cigarette users. This indicates that there is very little evidence that people who have never smoked would start using electronic cigarettes and that electronic cigarettes act as a gateway to normal tobacco.

Surprisingly (and sadly if we say so) the study found that almost half the population (44.8%) don’t realise electronic cigarettes are much less harmful than smoking. This is sad to see that a lot of people don’t understand the reduction in harm they could have if they swap from tobacco to e-cigs.

So what are you waiting for?

You’ve read the research and made your conclusion. Now what? Well you should definitely make the decision to quit tobacco permanently. If vaporisers allows you to finally quit, that’s even better.

So read on if you want to know the health benefits after quitting.

 

Life After Tobacco

The benefits of finally quitting.

There are several immediate health benefits that a user will have once they quit smoking. These benefits occur from almost immediately to around six months in time. There are even medium to long term benefits that we will discuss later.

Once you quit tobacco the nicotine and carbon monoxide levels in your body start to decrease very rapidly. After 24 hours the carbon monoxide in your blood would have decreased, which means that more oxygen can bind to the haemoglobin in your blood. After two days your sense of taste and smell start to return, helping to reduce what is known as ‘smokers palate.’ Within a week, your body would have processed and removed most of the metabolites of nicotine in your body. After two months of no tobacco your blood viscosity and blood flow improves to your limbs and after six months your immune system improves.

After a year your blood pressure returns to a stabilised level and small airway function improves with additional improvements over the next six months. If no irreversible damage has occurred in your cilia in your lungs, you will also notice improved mucus and debris removal from the lungs. There will also be improvements in overall lung function and a reduction of respiratory symptoms that you experience. If you have symptoms of chronic bronchitis, such as a cough, mucus production and wheeze, these symptoms will also reduce. If you are an asthmatic patient, you will notice improvements in your lung function within a few months. In addition to these other improvements, you will also see the rate of chronic respiratory infections, such as pneumonia and bronchitis, will decrease compared with continued smoking.

You can already see how important it is to stop using tobacco! Just look at the list of improvements that are immediate to you and generally improve your quality of life.

Short to Medium Reductions in Health Risks Following Quitting Smoking

So many of the benefits of from smoking cessation (quitting) are going to be from the reduction in risk for the diseases that are associated with the use of tobacco. We go through each to of these benefits to make sure you understand them.

Heart Disease

Quitting smoking reduces the risk of cardiovascular disease and death for male and female smokers of all ages with or without existing hear disease. After one year the risk halves and after 15 to 20 years, the risk is almost that of a non-smoker. Unfortunately for those heavy smokers (3.2 packs or more per day), these benefits aren’t as great.

 

Stroke

There is a noticeable level of risk reduction within two to five years of quitting tobacco and after 15 years, the risk of stroke is the same as a non-smoker.

Oral Health

The health of your mouth, gums and teeth will thank you for quitting tobacco. The risks of oral diseases associated with smoking, such as cancer, will decrease. The risk of leucoplakia reduces by half after one to five years. You will also reduce the risk of developing periodontitis, your gum colour will eventually return to normal and the healing of wounds in your mouth will also improve. Smoker’s palate, or their inability to taste things, can also disappear.

Medium to Long Term Benefits of Quitting Tobacco

There are many long term benefits for stopping the use of tobacco products. Because these benefits are long term, you’re only going to see benefits if you stop soon.

By quitting you will reduce the risk of lung cancer that is associated with the continued use of tobacco. Quitting will also reduce the disease causing processes that lead to chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) and you will see an improvement in the function of your lungs (some damage is irreversible).

There are many other cancers that are associated with the use of tobacco. When you quit smoking it is the only proven strategy that reduces the disease causing processes that lead to cancer. Your risk of mouth, throat, larynx, esophagus, stomach, bladder, kidneys, pancreas and cervix cancers are all reduced. Some of the risks reduce to the same levels as non-smokers, while some of the risks will remain higher than non-smokers.

Evidence suggests that you will experience in an overall improvement in quality of life and this is especially seen in heavier smokers. If you quit, you are also likely to report feeling happier after quitting than when you used to smoke.

Medium to Long Term Benefits of Quitting Tobacco

There are many long term benefits for stopping the use of tobacco products. Because these benefits are long term, you’re only going to see benefits if you stop soon.

By quitting you will reduce the risk of lung cancer that is associated with the continued use of tobacco. Quitting will also reduce the disease causing processes that lead to chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) and you will see an improvement in the function of your lungs (some damage is irreversible).

Quitting will make you happier, healthier and wealthier.