RESULTS OF A U.B. VAPING STUDY OF U.S. SOLDIERS FINDS E-CIGARETTES ‘MORE SATISFYING’ AND ‘LESS DANGEROUS’
Researchers at the University at Buffalo recently released the results of a new vaping study on the perception of e-cigs among U.S. military soldiers and their partners. The major finding of the study was that American soldiers found e-cigs and vaping as at least as satisfying as combustible cigarettes – even more so in a majority of the cases (58%.) With overbearing regulations being made on the vaping industry by the FDA that stand to wipe out 99% of the vaping industry largely based on their continued stance that vaping is a “gateway” to smoking, evidence that e-cigarettes may be “more satisfying” than combustible cigarettes is very important. This information can be used to amend current regulations and as guidelines to implement appropriate regulations in the future to ensure the needs of public health are met, while allowing for innovation and progress of the industry.
The study began by scientists surveying 105 service personnel from the U.S. Army and National Guard, however the study was expanded to include 400 military members and their immediate family.
In the introduction to the study, it is made clear that while e-cigarettes are not without any health risks, they have been evaluated by Public Health England (PHE) to be at least 90% less harmful than combustible cigarettes