Clearing the air around e-cigarettes
The University of Victoria (UVic news) published an article that discusses and sumarizes several points from their recent study, “Clearing the Air: A systematic review on the harms and benefits of e-cigarettes and vapour devices”.
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found evidence that vaping is replacing—rather than encouraging—the smoking of tobacco cigarettes among young people
“Fears of a gateway effect are unjustified and overblown,” says principal investigator Marjorie MacDonald. “From a public health perspective, it’s positive to see youth moving towards a less harmful substitute to tobacco smoking.”
vapour from electronic devices is airborne for less than 30 seconds compared to 18 to 20 minutes for tobacco smoke, substantially reducing the time of second-hand exposure.
“The public has been misled about the risks of e-cigarettes,” concludes Tim Stockwell, CARBC director and co-principal investigator. “Many people think they are as dangerous as smoking tobacco but the evidence shows this is completely false.”
The team recommends that Canadian regulations of vapour devices be informed by the best available evidence and with a view to improving public health; that more accurate information about their risks in comparison with tobacco use is provided to the public; and that strategies are developed to help people who wish to quit smoking have affordable access to the safest forms of vapour devices.
The Executive Summary for the report: