Electronic cigarettes, the new invention of the 21st century, thought to be the best alternative and solution for smokers to quit smoking and stay healthy. However, a recent study shows that this new vapor smokless cigs can still cause lung diseases.
The study was done on 24 smokers who don't have any serious lung diseases. These people are long-term smokers.
The test was carried using electronic cigarettes (brand was not disclosed) in a short period of time. 11 people in the test was healthy, while the other 13 experience some type of lung clogging, asthma, and Chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD), also known as chronic obstructive lung disease (COLD).
On September 2nd, scientists from Athens University, Greece reported the results to the WHO in Vienna. COPD is a life-threatening disease which interferes with normal breathing.
"More than 3 million people died of COPD in 2005, which is equal to 5% of all deaths globally that year" - World Health Organization
This study shows how dangerous an electronic can be for human health. "The instant reaction of the respiratory system prove that the e cigs are more harmful than good". - Doctor Christina Gratziou said.
On the other hand, some debates addressed that the study wasn't broad
enough to make any claims. Besides, there are no disclose on the
actually e cigarette product that was used in the research. Of course
this study still stir up many aspects of smokers' life, but the report
has to be more straightforward and should be execute on a larger scale.
The specialists are still on their way to test and understand more about long-term affects of the electronic cigarettes on smokers.
Actually, the e cigarette is a device that provides nicotine to the lungs through vapor, not smoke. It doesn't have to go through the same lighting and firing process, but nicotine is still extract from real tobacco plants.
Again, there are two sides of the debates. But still, the reports and facts that was given out by both sides are still in the mist and not completely accurate. The benefits and harms are still on the line waiting for real concrete evidence.
Some think that politics and money power are involving with the e cigarette sales. Powerful cigarette companies doesn't want the e cigs to be legalized and thus will reduce their profits. Because smokeless cigarette companies provide hopes for people who desperately need some changes, regular cigarette companies have to worry. My opinion is that if you are going to ban one, then ban both. If one is legalized, then legalize the other as well.