As oddly as this title sounds, it’s rather interesting in the least. Rats have proven that there is no long-term harmful effects from nicotine when inhaled.
A group of researchers reported the long-term effects on rats from inhalation of nicotine. The rats were place in a chamber that gave them nicotine for twenty hours a day, five days a week, over a two-year period. The chamber that was filled of nicotine had twice the plasma concentration found in heavy smokers.
According to the study, the researchers could not find any increase in mortality, in atherosclerosis or frequency of tumors in the rats. In addition, there were no microscopic or macroscopic lung tumors, nor any increase in pulmonary neuroendocrine cells. The report, however, included that the body weight of the rats that were exposed to the nicotine was reduced.
The conclusion from the study was that the researchers did not indicate any harmful effect of nicotine “when given in its pure form by inhalation.”
This is indeed some interesting news for us vapers specifically. The whole reasoning of an electronic cigarette is to reduce harm by using the alternative. For the longest time the public has been under the assumption that the nicotine in tobacco cigarettes is the killer chemical, and many still believe e-cigarettes aren’t a gain in harm reduction because e-cigarette still provide that nicotine. This assumption comes from the lack of knowledge and the public being misinformed of the truth. The truth is that all of the other chemicals in tobacco cigarettes, a whopping 4,000, is the combined killer. Nicotine, however, has been painted red as the culprit. In actuality, nicotine has many benefits, such as reducing anxiety, improving weight loss, improving alertness and attentions skills, and not to forget its huge benefit with people that have alzheimer disease.
Through this study, it has given the e-cigarette industry more useful information that can continue to stack up at just how beneficial these devices are to smokers and former smokers, and indicating that the part we enjoy most, our nicotine, isn’t harmful to inhale during a long-term duration.