On January 23rd, The National Academy of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine (NASEM) published the most extensive review of vaping in relation to public health to-date. This is exciting news for those of us who vape in the USA, but the United States has not exactly embraced e-cigarettes as a method of harm reduction.
A panel of experts analyzed 800+ peer-reviewed studies. This resulted in over 600 pages of information regarding the safety and health effects of e-cigarettes. Notably, the NASEM report has made the following assertion,
“There is conclusive evidence that completely substituting e-cigarettes for combustible tobacco cigarettes reduces users’ exposure to numerous toxicants and carcinogens present in combustible tobacco cigarettes.”
For Those Who Vape, The FDA is Watching
This is one of the first times a study of this kind has been done in the states. There are still reservations in recommending e-cigarettes as a smoking cessation method, but this is promising. Other countries have taken the lead in promoting the use of vaping devices in their harm reduction campaigns. The FDA is due to take action and, perhaps, follow suit.
With the release of these findings, the FDA commissioner Scott Gottlieb, M.D. provided a briefing,
“Ultimately this report helps identify areas that need further study to better understand the net public health impact of e-cigarettes as we continue our work on policies to protect kids and significantly reduce tobacco-related disease and death. We need to put novel products like e-cigarettes through an appropriate series of regulatory gates to fully evaluate their risks and maximize their potential benefits.”
At the very least, the FDA is making an effort to understand how vaping is being used as a positive force. What does this mean for vapers in The United States of America? This is a battle won, but the war presses on.
To read highlights from the report, click here.
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