The market for vaping is huge right now, marking one of the strongest growing businesses in the United States, and thus has generated a flurry of research attempting to quickly understand the potential health effects of this new alternative to traditional cigarette smoking.
We have heard all the anti-smoking messages for years. All the havoc it does to the body, and that's reason enough to stop smoking however one can. Quitting with help from the nicotine patch or gum, and now vaping is claiming its own amount of conversion.
However, will all the anti-vaping propaganda out there it's interesting to see some facts and figures to support the cessation habit. A new study reported in Science Daily examines the effects of "vaping" on the gut microbiome. The study is suggesting some good news for e-cig users, with the results showing that while tobacco smoking seems to cause damage to gut flora, those using e-cigarettes maintain similar gut bacteria diversity to non-smokers.
Why is gut flora so important? Recently the probiotic movement in America is showing how the microbiome in the stomach can support just about every facet of your mental and physical well-being. The fact that so many cigarette smokers suffer from the lack of biotic health really says something about the body being able to repair itself when under stress of smoking.
The results of the study were reasonably conclusive, which means that though they hadn't determined if this phenomenon was specific to male or female participants, they had been able to prove the basis of the hypothesis.
This showed that while e-cigarette users displayed similar gut bacteria diversity to non-smokers, tobacco smokers were seen to have significantly reduced microbial diversity. The researchers referred to this reduced bacterial diversity seen in tobacco smokers as "striking," and suggest this, "may have important consequences for health and the risk of certain diseases."
This is one small step for vapers and one giant leap in getting people to stop smoking cigarettes.
The lead scientist in the study remarked, "This research comes as we see a huge increase in the numbers of people using electronic cigarettes and it becomes increasingly important that we understand the effect on the human body."
It's becoming more and more important to reflect on how to take care of ourselves and be responsible with the knowledge we have. It's great to see mainstream science working towards this area of question.