Dear Science: A Piece of E-Cig Research We Need

Klaus Kneale
by Klaus Kneale
November 1, 2012

Researchers have been working on determining just what effects electronic cigarettes have on their users’ health.  But these studies focus largely on the immediate impact of their use and do little to compare and distinguish their effects from that of smoking conventional cigarettes.  There is one study that shouldn’t be too difficult to perform and which could shed light on the true promise of electronic cigarettes.

A good number of individuals that have smoked daily for decades have had x-rays done of their lungs.  These don’t often return good results.  But a couple smokers we talked to that have turned to electronic cigarettes are seeing positive results in a very visible way.

One particular individual claimed to have been smoking 3 packs a day at one point.  After taking up electronic cigarettes, the individual dropped to smoking about a pack and a half.  Even while smoking both e-cigs and conventional cigarettes, the individual has reported more than vague descriptions of improved health.  His doctor has said that his lung x-rays are looking better.

E-cig advocate and public health professor Michael Siegel, has heard the same stories.  He’s heard of improvements like this from a number of electronic cigarette users and their doctors. “I am not aware of any studies that have formally investigated changes in lung function following a switch from smoking to electronic cigarettes,” says Siegel. “However, given the anecdotal reports from many [electronic cigarette users], I think this would be an important and worthwhile area of research.”

This could be a significant step in showing the working improvements switching to electronic cigarettes can make. We can’t imagine it would be that hard. A lot of individuals that smoke end up having lung x-rays in order to determine just how bad off they are. As more people try and succeed at transitioning to e-cigs, inside a year, we could see exactly how quick the human body moves to repair the damage done.

Do you have a before and after lung x-ray? We’d love to see it! We might even send you some free stuff in order to use it! Email this reporter:


9 Responses to “Dear Science: A Piece of E-Cig Research We Need”

      Karla Lyle on November 2nd, 2012 9:54 am

      I agree what we need is a long term study. am a little surprised no one has done one yet. You would think that since doctors are seeing the benefits first hand you would hear about more of them people out in support of ecigs. I think one of the issues with ecig studies may be funding. Who would fund it?

        Mike on November 4th, 2012 4:37 am

        Funding is a good question. It always comes down to the money obviously. I would like to see ecig companies band together and try to fund a study.

          Toweknee on November 5th, 2012 3:49 am

          I am pretty sure there is research proven the benefits of ecigs over analogs. However is it going to see the light of day? Probably not because we all know when the government wants to take control they just do it. As usually its all about money .

            Steve Mitchell on November 8th, 2012 5:42 am

            There have been a few studies done but there were short term studies, one the the bast ones so far was done by German heart doctors I do believe. But we do defiantly need some long term studies done. Unfortunately that will take time even if they are doing it now it will be some time before we see any results.

              Sabrina Mitchell on November 9th, 2012 7:29 am

              Yes Yes they need long term studies. My husband quit smoking using e-cigs and I would love to be able to say he won’t go back because he has his vaping.

                Lincoln on November 10th, 2012 3:36 pm

                The long term Studies are more important …. The Question is will the studies meet the ones with the dollars answer or will it meet ours ????

                  hallucinoJEN on November 19th, 2012 5:52 am

                  Opponents who are hell bent on “extinguishing” the popularity of e-cigs focus mainly on the non-smoking public’s health. So, in order to prove that e-cigs will not endanger the lives of non-smokers, researchers focus on vapor toxicity or how it effects the body while using an e-cig. We need more studies that show how our bodies are healing during our quit from analog cigs, if at all. This includes the progression of lung healing as well as any improvements in cholesterol levels. I believe this type of study would make for a stronger case against the ANTZ. Now, that Lorillard and Swisher Sweets have gotten into the business, they have the money to fund this research. It would behoove them to fund this study, but whether or not they actually do it, that’s a different story. We can only hope.

                    Adam on January 9th, 2013 1:15 am

                    We absolutely need more studies and the results need to be transparent instead of being statistics for political jive.

                      kellli perkins on June 17th, 2013 7:52 pm

                      Money does rule. In a couple months I get to retest since I quit analogs. Will let ya know the results soon on a post.

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