Monday, August 4, 2014
New Review Finds E-Cigarettes Most Likely Less Harmful
While there haven’t been any long term studies of the health effects of e-cigarettes, a new review of all the research to date concluded that e-cigarettes are most likely less harmful than traditional cigarettes, according to Science Daily.
The Queen Mary University of London (QMUL) has published a review of current data on the subject in the journal Addiction. Their findings showed that e-cigarettes should not be regulated more strictly than, or as strictly as, conventional cigarettes.
Lead researcher Professor Peter Hajek stated: "The evidence we currently have is clear: e-cigarettes should be allowed to compete against conventional cigarettes in the marketplace. Health care professionals may advise smokers who are unwilling to cease nicotine use to switch to e-cigarettes. Smokers who have not managed to stop with current treatments may also benefit from switching to e-cigarettes."
In the United States, many states have taken it upon themselves to regulate e-cigarette use due to lack of regulation the federal level. In Los Angeles, e-cigarette use has been banned from bars, nightclubs, restaurants and other public places. Similar bans have been put in place or are being considered in other cities and states around the country.