IT was hailed as the "healthy alternative" to tobacco smoking and helping people to give up the darts for good, but a new study has given vapers something to think about.
Daily use of e-cigarettes may double your chances of a heart attack according to the University of California, San Francisco (UCSF).
Moreover, the new research also shows that most people who use e-cigarettes still smoke cigarettes and the use of the two was the most common pattern among the fathers in the study.
Senior author of the report, Professor Stanton A. Glantz, said that using both products simultaneously is more harmful than one or the other.
"Someone who continues to smoke every day while using e-cigarettes every day increases the risk of a heart attack by a factor of five," he said.
Speak with Business insiderin February, after the summary of the research was first made public, Professor Glantz said that his report was the first to show the long-term implications of e-cigarettes.
"We are the first people to show a long-term effect of e-cigarettes," he said, and "given that it is consistent with what we know biologically about how vaping affects the heart, we wanted to get this out of it."
Although the report defends a strong argument against the use of both e-cigarettes and traditional cigarettes on their own and in combination with each other, there are reports suggesting that stunning is the safer option of both.
A Public Health England (PHE) report suggested that vaping is only a small part of the risk and a useful tool for those who stop smoking.
"Our new assessment reinforces the finding that people are a fraction of the smoking risk, at least 95 percent less harmful, and a negligible risk for bystanders, yet more than half of smokers believe that feces are just as harmful as smoking or just not know, "said director of health improvement at PHE, Professor John Newton.
The PHE even suggested that anyone who wants to quit smoking, but has difficulty making the switch to e-cigarettes and needs help from a professional.
Professor of tobacco addiction and lead author of the PHE report, Professor Ann McNeill, says that while nicotine is addictive, it is the smoke of cigarettes that leads to tobacco-related illnesses and death.
"It is a major concern that smokers still have poor understanding of the causes of smoking: When people smoke tobacco cigarettes, they inhale a lethal mix of 7,000 smoke components, 70 of which are known to cause cancer. , "she said.
"There is now a greater variety of alternative ways to get nicotine than ever before, including nicotine gum, nasal spray, lozenges and e-cigarettes."
Of course Australia has a more conservative attitude towards the vape. Earlier this year, NSW followed in the footsteps of other states and forbade fumes in public spaces.
Queensland, Victoria, Tasmania and the ACT all prohibit the use of vapes wherever you can not smoke.
You can pay a fine of up to $ 550 if you are caught with a vape in areas you should not visit, such as public transport stops, commercial outdoor dining areas, sports grounds, a swimming pool and within 10 meters of children's play equipment.
The regulation of e-cigarettes is a joint venture between the governments of the Commonwealth, the state and the territory.
Strangely enough, only e-cigarettes that do not contain nicotine are legal in Australia, despite the fact that nicotine is in normal cigarettes.
But soonMay It is possible to legally import nicotine for "personal therapeutic use" with a prescription for up to three months.
The National Health and Medical Research Council (NHMRC) is currently of the opinion that there is currently insufficient evidence to claim that e-cigarettes are safe and further research is needed to ensure the safety, quality and long-term efficacy of e . to assess cigarettes ".
Since 2011, NHMRC has committed more than $ 8.5 million for research into e-cigarettes.