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Landmark Long-Term Study on Vaping by Never-Smokers Finds No Negative Health Impacts

Despite fears of activists, no harm seen after three and a half years of vaping.

LONDON, ENGLAND — In a first of its kind long-term study published in the journal Nature, researchers have found no negative health impacts from the daily use of electronic cigarettes by young adult never-smokers.

Researchers from the University of Catania, led by Dr. Riccardo Polosa, tracked nine electronic cigarette users with no history of smoking, as well as twelve lifetime non-smokers and non-vapers, over the course of three and a half years. The researchers found no impact on a variety of health outcomes, including blood pressure, heart rate, lung function, exhaled breath nitric oxide, exhaled carbon monoxide, and CT scans of the lungs.

“In spite of previous health scares, our study shows for the first time no risk in long-term vapers who have never smoked in their life,” said Polosa, who presented the study at the fifth annual E-Cigarette Summit in the United Kingdom on Friday, November 17th.

Polosa notes that while even longer-term research is needed to rule out any possible negative impacts, changes in spirometry and CT scans can be seen in young smokers after approximately two years of cigarette usage. With the vapers, no signs of lung damage, including COPD, lipoid pneumonia, and popcorn lung, were found in CT scans, even among the study participants with the highest consumption of e-liquid.

In the United States, far less than 1% of adult never-smokers are current vapers, with an even smaller proportion reporting vaping daily, according to the CDC’s 2015 National Health Interview Survey. Despite this, much of the concern in the media and scientific circles revolve around fears of the impact of vaping on nonsmokers.

“Mouse and cell studies may generate salacious headlines about the supposed dangers of vaping, but they are no replacement for studies on actual humans,” said Gregory Conley, President of the American Vaping Association, a nonprofit that advocates for truthful information about vapor products. “If no negative health impacts can be seen from daily vaping among those who previously did not smoke, how is it ethical to continue warning smokers away from using these products?”

In addition to this groundbreaking research, Polosa also recently published a review of the evidence on the impact of vapor products on COPD patients.

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A Billion Lives: A Vaping Documentary

EjvSnd49Since the start of electronic cigarettes and vaping, we have all seen negative headlines claiming vaping is no better than smoking and have even seen anti-vaping campaigns such as Still Blowing Smoke, so what is the truth behind electronic cigarettes and the vaping epidemic? Aaron Biebert, the Director of A Billion Lives has tried to find out!

A Billion Lives, a documentary about electronic cigarettes and the vaping revolution was featured at the Doc Edge Festival in New Zealand just a day after the FDA published new vaping regulations to the US Federal Register. It was aimed at discovering the truth behind vaping and the government’s failure to accept what many are calling a “public health miracle”.

So why does Aaron Biebert care about electronic cigarettes and vaping? Records show that Biebert was never a smoker, has also never vaped and did not receive any funding to create his documentary. During an interview Biebert stated:

“I was one of those guys in the old days that used to think that vaping was stupid and I saw the news about how it’s more dangerous than smoking—formaldehyde and all that stuff. It was finally set straight by a vaper, and when I finally learned of the corruption that was going on with it…it seemed like a very important topic—we’re talking about saving people’s lives—so this really felt like something we could make an impact in.”

Interested in seeing A Billion Lives yourself? Check out the trailer:

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New York State: Vaping in Public Banned

On Oct. 23, New York Governor Andrew Cuomo signed a law that prohibits the use of electronic cigarettes anywhere cigarettes are already prohibited, like workplaces, restaurants and bars. The ban goes into effect in 30 days.

When it takes effect next month, New York’s new law will cover vaping under the state’s Clean Indoor Air Act. The blanket restriction will not apply to people who want to use e-cigarettes in private homes, in hotel rooms, or at retail tobacco outlets.

In New York, around 70 percent of the state’s municipalities already have bans in effect, according to the American Lung Association. New York City’s ban has been in place since 2013, when then-Mayor Michael R. Bloomberg included it in the city’s Smoke Free Air Act.

New York becomes the 11th state to enact a statewide ban on public vaping. California, Connecticut, Delaware, Hawaii, Maine, New Jersey, North Dakota, Oregon, Utah and Vermont all have similar laws. Several others have partial bans on vaping in areas like public education facilities and state and local government buildings. And many major cities, including Boston, New Orleans and Chicago have complete bans on the books as well.