Study Shows Asthmatic Smokers Benefit From Vaping
There is good news for asthmatic smokers who are thinking of making the switch to vaping — a new study, published in Discovery Medicine, shows there are health benefits that are associated with switching from smoking traditional cigarettes to vaping.
In an article released last week, The Daily Caller reported on the new study that is aimed primarily at asthmatic smokers. The results, though limited in scope, show that smokers who switched to vaping showed marked improvements in their lung and respiratory functions over the course of two years.
“Most studies show an accelerated decline in lung function and increased airflow obstruction and even worse, asthma patients who smoke appear to have a reduced response to anti-asthma drugs, compared to asthmatics who do not smoke,” says professor Riccardo Polosa of the University of Catania, the lead researcher of the study. Polosa went on to say that asthmatic smokers would not give up nicotine if that was the only option, and this piece of information led to the study’s focus — asthmatic smokers.
The study followed 18 asthmatic smokers, who had mild to moderate asthma, as they switched from smoking conventional cigarettes to vaping. The study was done over two years of follow-up visits to better analyze the differences in the subject’s lung function while they moved from cigarettes to vape products.
Perhaps the most surprising outcome of the study was that the results have suggested that some lung and respiratory function damage could be reversed as smokers turned to vaping. This was thought to be nearly impossible by other medical studies and poses more questions on how vaping could potentially lead to more health reversals in longtime smokers.
However, Polosa has maintained that the study itself is limiting — subjects were self-selected for the project, meaning that they may not be representative of the general vaping public. It is also unknown how vaping could help those who have severe cases of asthma, as the study only focused on smokers who have mild to moderate asthma.
Still, the study has shown measurable health benefits for those involved in the study. These subjects had follow-up visits at the six-month, one-year, and two-year markers, and showed, as a whole, health benefits increasing over the long term. It is therefore thought that further studies would only add to the veracity of this study.
It is hoped that with the publication of this study that larger and more controlled studies would help further scientific exploration into how vaping can help asthmatic cigarette smokers. As of right now, however, there is no news of any research group taking on this challenge.