The study was conducted at the University of Athens in Greece. Respiratory tests were done on 32 people who smoked e-cigarettes for 10 minutes. The tests showed the short-term effects included less oxygen being absorbed in the blood.
Electronic or e-cigarettes have been promoted as a cigarette substitute that may help people reduce tobacco use. Recently, their health benefits have been coming into question. While e-cigarettes don’t produce smoke, they do contain nicotine.
”The safety of e-cigarette products is unknown. They have not been tested as a quit-smoking aid,” said Jay McCubbrey, Department of Health and Human Services health education specialist and project director for Tobacco Free Humboldt.
McCubbrey says e-cigarettes are becoming more regulated and can be subjected to the same laws as regular cigarettes at the local, state and national level.
McCubbrey says they are battery-powered and designed to look like a cigarette. The nicotine is contained in a cartridge of solution that is inserted into the device. The device emits a vapor when used. For this reason, using e-cigarettes is sometimes called “vaping.”
E-cigarettes are not approved by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration as smoking cessation devices.
”Smokers who switch to e-cigarettes to help them quit could be disappointed,” said Mike Goldsby, DHHS Public Health senior program manager. “These smokers may simply replace one form of nicotine with a more expensive form if they do not get help with changing the behavior patterns that support addiction.”
In Humboldt County, smokers can find a variety of free quit smoking programs:
The California Smokers’ Help Line provides materials and free telephone counseling and referrals to local programs. 1-800-NO-BUTTS.
Free local quit classes are offered at the American Cancer Society office on the third Wednesday of the month from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. Call (707) 442-1436, option 3, for more information.
Also http://cancer.org/smokeout includes user-friendly tips and tools toward a smoke-free life. The site has tip sheets and calculators and downloadable desktop helpers to assist with planning to quit and succeeding in staying tobacco-free.