In recent news, Scholars William Cooke and Donovan Fogt from the University of Texas at San Antonio (UTSA), has received $30,000 in seed funding from UTSA to find out just how safe electronic cigarettes are.
The UTSA kinesiologists will team up with Assistant Professor Caroline Rickards at the University of North Texas Health Science Center to gather baseline data about the effects of e-cigarettes on the body’s basic physiological health.
Over the next year, the researchers will study the effects that inhaling vaporized nicotine has on a person’s heart rate, blood pressure, resting metabolic rate, physical work capacity and brain blood flow.
The scholars will work under the hypothesis that vaporized nicotine stimulates the human nervous system in ways that could seriously impact daily living. They believe that the inhalation of vaporized nicotine has the potential to increase a person’s resting metabolism, making exercise problematic. They also believe it prevents the cardiovascular system from properly regulating arterial pressure and decreases the brain’s ability to regulate blood flow.
“This study is an important first step to understanding the physiological complications and public health concerns surrounding the use of e-cigarettes. It will also give us a better understanding of the health effects of pure nicotine without the harmful poisons found in tobacco products on the autonomic nervous system.” – Says Cooke.
Though it is great to know more about electronic cigarettes and the health effects that surround them, its aim is what bothers me. Instead of trying to confirm the less harmful effects electronic cigarettes produce versus a tobacco cigarette, the researchers instead look for reasoning for the public to not use them. Is it just me or am I the only one who truly understands that electronic cigarettes are an alternative to tobacco cigarette use? – And, that electronic cigarettes may come with some health effects, but are far less harmful than smoking tobacco?
I wouldn’t be such a sour butt about this news, but its written like they’re focused on only looking for a negative effect on electronic cigarettes. Coming from a person that has become something better because of this new and quickly growing industry, I’m not cool with it.
Anyhow, I guess we’ll see the results in a year… after the rest of the smoking population has already switch to e-cigs and have already began feeling much better because of them. 😉