On January 23, the prestigious National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine (NAS) released a report that analyzed over 800 studies into the safety of electronic cigarettes. It’s the most comprehensive look at E-cigs to-date, and it’s got plenty of people talking.
We scoured through Facebook looking at what people had to say about the NAS report and have compiled a few comments that we think pretty well sum up what public opinion on this report has been.
Former Smokers Celebrate
For those who have switched from smoking to E-cigs due to health concerns, the NAS report validated the wisdom behind their choice, finally proving that E-cigs are much safer than combustible tobacco.
Rick Moore, said, “I smoked cigarettes from the time I was nineteen to the time I was thirty-four. Now, after switching to vaping, I feel better than I have in years. This report only confirms what I knew was true the very first week I quit smoking.”
Meanwhile, Amy Keller said, “My boyfriend and I both decided to switch to electronic cigarettes as our New Year’s resolution. Happy to see that the NAS study proves we made a good choice.”
Following the release of the NAS’s results, social media was buzzing with comments such as this, as E-cig users everywhere breathed a sigh of relief.
Not All Sunshine and Rainbows
Despite the positive conclusions of the NAS’s findings, there were still a few takeaways that had people concerned. Most notably was the appeal of E-cigs to younger users and their potential to serve as a gateway to tobacco.
Shania White said, “My eighteen year old son grew up knowing the dangers of cigarettes, and he’s always avoided them. Now, though, he has a vape that he uses daily. I don’t know if it’s safe or not. All I know is that there are a lot of people who are vaping now who would have otherwise probably never been addicted to nicotine in the first place”
Others were frustrated about the inconclusiveness of the report. James Garcia said, “Saying E-cigs are safer than cigarettes is like saying they are safer than driving down the highway blindfolded. I know that vaping is better for my health than smoking. What I want to know is if there is any risk to vaping itself.”
Indeed, there’s still a lot of research to be done, and while the NAS was able to verify that E-cigs are much safer than cigarettes, they fell short of conclusively labeling them as harmless.
The NAS’s comprehensive look into E-cigs has certainly generated plenty of buzz, and while the results were largely positive in favor of the safety of E-cigs, they still leave us with a lot to consider.
If you have any thoughts of your own on the safety of E-cigs and the results of the NAS report, we’d love it if you’d let us know in the comments below.