No health difference between non-vape users and vape users in new study
Despite ongoing bans and directed health risk scares about e-cigarette use, a new analysis from the Population Assessment of Tobacco and Health (PATH) has shown from new data that there is no difference in the health of habitual e-cigarette and non e-cigarette users.
The Path study comes from collected data between 2013-2019. About 32,000 participants across the United States were self-reported between those years. The participants were further classified on their various degrees of smoking; smokers (smoked more than 100 cigarettes in their life and still currently smoking), e-cigarette users (any type of e-cigarette use), nonuse (no vape or cigarette use, exclusive e-cigarette use, exclusive smoking, or dual use.
The participants also had to report if they had any health conditions during the study, specifically myocardial infarction, bypass surgery, heart failure, heart condition, or stroke.
From these findings the research is showing that they “did not find a significant difference in the cardiovascular risk of exclusive e-cigarette use compared with nonuse of cigarettes and e-cigarettes.” If you take a look at Table. 1
You can see the various participants and their smoking usage with comparison to those with either nonuse or exclusive smoking. Despite the analysis being limited by a small number of cardiovascular disease in vape users, it’s clear to see that the “statements” on how e-cigarette use has a huge affect on our health can be viewed as unsupported.
There is no clear evidence that e-cigarette has a direct line in at least cardiovascular disease, and it will remain unclear until further studies.
From the table, for those who dual use had a significant increased risk for CVD.
The study says that there are limitations to the study and more follow-ups are needed, but this is a clear aid to the many false claims about vapes that are circulating.
Fear mongering health scares about e-cigarettes and vape products are rising amongst the media. As a community we know that vape is a gateway for many people who want to quite smoking. Unless we look at the science and able to help debunk many of the vape myths, we can’t help others who are afraid to make the switch to vape as a cessation from cigarettes. It has the possibility of having safer alternatives.
What are your thoughts on this study? As a blog dedicated to bringing you the latest vape news and products we hope this sheds some light. Share your thoughts and experiences between cigarette use and vape use below in the comments.