The number of people adopting e-cigarettes has risen rather drastically over the last few years. Electronic cigarettes are devices that are designed to mimic traditional cigarettes but which deliver nicotine to the user in the form of vapor.
The common belief is that electronic cigarettes are less harmful than their conventional counterparts. In fact, medical experts have been known to recommend e-cigarettes to their smoking addicted patients as a means of assimilating them into a less destructive smoking habit.
Despite all the “benefits” that e-cigarettes are believed to bring to the table, at least in comparison to traditional tobacco cigarettes, they have often been accused of exacerbating instead of solving the smoking problem.
Numerous voices have risen over the years to oppose the notion that e-cigarettes are any less dangerous than conventional cigarettes.
Now researchers believe that they might have found proof to show that e-cigarette vapor and tobacco cigarette smoke are vastly different with regards to their effect on the human body.
According to a paper (published in the Drug and Alcohol Dependence Journal) authored by U.K researchers from the University of Bristol, vapor from e-cigarettes doesn’t trigger the stress response in the heart cells that is found with tobacco cigarette smoke.
The research team carried out its work using heart cells that they grew in a lab and then exposed to vapor and tobacco smoke. According to the research team, this isn’t the first study to successfully prove that e-cigarette vapor is a safer alternative to traditional smoking.
Rather, the body of evidence supporting e-cigarette smoking has always been too small, and the lack of comprehensive evidence in favor of e-cigarettes makes it that much harder to refute opposition claims.
With their study, the team from the University of Bristol hopes to add to this body of evidence, further cementing the place of e-cigarettes in society as a bit safer alternative to traditional smoking.
Admitting that there was a serious need for robust models that could better quantify the biological effects of e-cigarettes, Marcus Munafo, joint senior author of the study, explained that their work sought to scrutinize and understand changes in gene expression in the heart cells in order to determine their stress response to e-cigarette vapor and tobacco smoke.
By observing that the heart cells did not manifest a stress response to e-cigarette vapor, Professor Munafo believes that they successfully proved that smokers could decrease the harmful effects of smoking tobacco by switching to electronic cigarettes.
The researchers have cautioned all interested parties to view their findings as preliminary, however, admitting that there are many restrictions they have to overcome before delivering more conclusive findings.