A team of researchers led by Dr. Riccardo Polosa conducted a study on a group of vapers that spanned 3.5 years. It's the closest thing we have to a "long-term" study and the results are another addition to the ever-growing list of studies that show vaping in a positive light.
The researchers out of the University of Catania in Italy worked with the National Research Council of Italy and with Dr. Donald Tashkin from the University of California, Los Angles.
The participants were from a vape shop that were funneled with a survey to find the optimal group. In one group, the participants had never smoked but had been vaping daily for over 3 months and in the reference group the participants have never smoked nor vaped.
The variables being measured were:
- Lung Function
- Respiratory Symptoms
- HRCT Scan of the Lungs
- Heart Rate
- Blood Pressure
- Body Weight
- Exhaled Nitric Oxide
- Exhaled Carbon Monoxide
While it's impossible to say for sure that no damage would occur over twenty or thirty years, it seems apparent that vaping does not lead to any of the negative health effects that many anti-vaping groups continue to push as truth in the big debate.
In three-and-a-half years, the study notes that: "Even the heaviest e-cigarette users failed to exhibit any evidence of emerging lung injury..." and the vaping group had no developments in respiratory symptoms or changes in lung inflammation.
As a comparison, most smokers will develop some form of lung damage after just two years.
This new study leaves people like anti-tobacco activist Stanton Glantz - who recently commented that vaping has an effect on the lungs that's worse than smoking cigarettes - eating their words now. Hopefully now that one has been published, there will be several more long-term studies that show the effect vaping has on ex-smokers or on anyone vaping for over ten years.
The future is looking brighter for vaping, as long as people do what they can to educate the general public, and politicians who have a very limited knowledge of vaping.