Friday, 14 February 2014

New systematic review by Dr. Farsalinos published

Dr. Konstantinos Farsalinos and his co-author Prof. Riccardo Polosa published a new study in the journal "Therapeutic Advances in Drug Safety" yesterday called "Safety evaluation and risk assessment of electronic cigarettes as tobacco cigarettes substitutes: A systematic review". They have studied 97 other chemical, toxicological and clinical studies on the safety and risk profile of e-cigarettes. The presentation of the study you can find at http://goo.gl/ziJUms and you can read the whole study here: http://goo.gl/kizMY1 (register for free to download the PDF).

They conclude, in short, that even though it is obvious that there may be some residual risk associated with electronic cigarette use, they are far a less harmful alternative to smoking. There has been found some toxic chemicals in e-cigarette vapour but at levels substantially lower than in cigarette smoke and comparable with the amounts found in pharmaceutical nicotine products. They conclude that "Electronic Cigarettes are a revolutionary product in tobacco harm
reduction" and that "Due to their unique characteristics, Electronic Cigarettes represent a historical opportunity to save millions of lives and sgnificantly reduce the burden of smoking-related diseases worldwide"
.

I'm also glad to notice they have come to the same conclusions as I had (http://vapingiraffe.blogspot.no/2014/01/yeah-yeah-keep-throwing-irrelevant.html) regarding some of the reports used by some anti-e-cig-organizations (and regulatory authorities) to back up the claim that e-cigarettes are a gateway to smoking. They've referrenced a couple of American and also a South Korean study of experimentation with e-cigarettes and say that the findings here does not support the claim that e-cigarettes are a gateway, but rather they are showing that experimentation with e-cigarettes are done by mainly by smokers. "There is no evidence indicating that they could be a gateway to smoking", they write, and continues "It is promising to see that penetration of EC use in youngsters is virtually nonexistent, especially when you take into consideration that there is currently no official regulation in most countries to prohibit the access to ECs by youngsters."

Again Dr. Farsalinos and his co-workers provides us with extremely valuable, thorough and unbiased research. Thank you!

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