Electronic cigarettes are a constant source of debate in today’s world. Whether you are watching the evening news or browsing social media networks, you will undoubtedly encounter someone giving a very passionate opinion about vaping. While many politics are quick to condemn the ecig industry, many medical professionals are choosing to defend vaping based on scientific evidence that ecigs are beneficial to help smokers quit. This week, two of the world’s most respected cardiologists joined forces and published a full defense of ecigs. Riccardo Polosa and Konstantinos Farsalinos pointed out the flawed logic of recent ecig criticism and offered some facts to give a more realistic look at vaping.
The cardiologists decided to speak out about vaping after an article was released from the BMA Occupational Committee, condemning ecigs due to lack of research. The BMA claimed that there is no concrete evidence to show that ecigs are safe or effective, but the cardiologists say this is simply untrue. In fact, Polosa and Farsalinos wrote that the most recent research “clearly indicates e-cigarettes are considerably less harmful than tobacco cigarettes.”
While many insist that ecigs are too new to really be considered safe for public use, the cardiologists pointed out that medications are released everyday without any long term research. “Of course, unexpected health consequences may occur in the medical profession as it has been also the case with several medications… But this cannot be used as a valid argument to oppose e-cigarettes.”
The BMA called for a quarantine of electronic cigarettes until more research is conducted, but the cardiologists said this is unnecessary and extremely unreasonable. In fact, if the world adopts that approach to releasing new products, many medications would need to also be quarantined until further studies are completed. “Even for medications, no regulatory agency is asking for long-term safety data before being approved for use.”
Polosa and Farsalinos also took issue with the BMA’s allegations that e-liquids could be dangerous for children. The doctors point out that there is no scientific evidence to back those claims. “Until now, there are no documented cases of deaths from exposure to e-cigarette liquids. It is misleading to quote occasional cases of accidental poisoning without providing professional medical reporting.” They go on to explain that poisoning related to ecigarettes is far less common than poisoning related to common cleaning products found in households around the world.
After examining the BMA report, the cardiologists noted that the research used in one section about nicotine toxicity dated back to the 19th Century. They challenged those studies as outdated and pointed out that new studies have already been conducted that give far different results. “It is irresponsible to promote risks that are not proven and to deprive smokers of a product which, based on all scientific evidence, is reducing their exposure to health hazards to a large extent.”
After hearing countless critics call for an end to ecig technology, it is really exciting to see such respected cardiologists make a public defense of vaping. These doctors have spent years studying risk factors related to tobacco use and electronic cigarettes. They are armed with evidence that ecigs are not the enemy. If you find that friends or family members give you a hard time for vaping, share the information provided by Polosa and Farsalinos. Sometimes people just need to see the facts in black and white before they truly understand the ecigs could be the most incredible life saving technology to enter the consumer market in decades.