New research suggests that electronic cigarettes (e-cigarettes) may be good for your health, at least in part.
The study, led by a team at the University of Auckland, found that smokers who used e-cigarettes in the past year had a 40 per cent lower risk of lung cancer than those who did not use e-cigarette devices.
The researchers looked at data from more than 2,500 smokers in Auckland.
“We found that the smokers who had used eCigarette for at least one month before and after we compared their lung cancer risk to those who didn’t use eCigs,” Professor Andrew Wylie, one of the study’s authors, said in a statement.
“Our results indicate that e-cigs may be an important public health strategy for smoking cessation.”
In the trial, researchers compared lung cancer rates among people who used a tobacco product or did not.
The e-cig users had a 50 per cent reduced risk of cancer, compared to non-users who used the devices.
“The results indicate a potential benefit of eCIGarette,” Professor Wyliie said.
“This may be due to a reduction in exposure to tobacco smoke, which is thought to increase the risk of cancers.”
Professor Wymond said it was too early to say if e-liquid products are a safe alternative to smoking tobacco, but they may help smokers quit by helping them reduce their intake of tobacco products.