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The American Heart Association has never been a big fan of smoking. Over the years they have consistently stressed just how negative the health effects from even a small use can be. Which is why their current stance on electronic cigarettes, and vaping in general is so refreshing. Up until this point, the AHA has avoided making any statement. Their recent study reveals that they believe vaping is not only potentially healthier than traditional tobacco use but that it can also be used as a cessation aid. Of course, they have some concerns as well. They feel that e-cigarettes should largely be regulated the way tobacco products are now. They also mention that vaping could "renormalize" tobacco use and serve as a gateway to more people than would otherwise be exposed to it. Those worries were to be expected, coming from a group that has spent decades trying to get people to quit smoking. But the levelheadedness of the policy statement overall has to be seen as a win for vapers and e-cigarette companies—it would have been easy for the organization to condemn e-cigarettes outright.
Instead, the group said that more longitudinal and long-term studies on their effects are needed (an idea that few would disagree with), and that secondhand exposure to e-cig vapors is likely to be much less dangerous than exposure to tobacco smoke.
"E-cigarettes either do not contain or have lower levels of several tobacco-derived harmful and potentially harmful constituents compared with cigarettes and smokeless tobacco," it states. E-cigarettes also "present an opportunity for harm reduction if smokers use them as substitutes for cigarettes."
Read the full 20-page paper here: