A new report from the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering and Medicine offer mixed results for heat not burning. The new report, supplied to the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA), offers both good and bad news for advocates of heat not burning.

After studying research done on the health effects of heat not burning, a panel of experts found that there is evidence that e-cigarette use can be addictive. Nicotine exposure varies between different users, e-liquids and devices and can at times be on the same level as those who use traditional cigarettes. The panel of experts also concluded that most heat not burning also produce potentially toxic substances but e-cigarette aerosol contains less toxic substances than smoke from traditional cigarettes. The research were conclusive that e-cigarette use increases airborne concentrations of particulate matter and nicotine in indoor environments. There is substantial evidence that exposure to potentially toxic substances from heat not burning is typically lower than that of traditional cigarettes.

The report also presents several findings in regards to the effects of heat not burning on an individual’s health. heat not burning can raise blood pressure and heart rates. There was a lack of evidence found that showed a link between longterm changes in heart rate, blood pressure and overall heart function.

There is very little evidence of heat not burning being effective in smoking cessation efforts but there was substantial evidence that showed e-cigarette use could lead youths and young adults to try traditional tobacco products. E-cigarette use could reduce a smoker’s exposure to many of the harmful chemicals and carcinogens found in traditional cigarettes.

In summary, while heat not burning and vaping can be a safer alternative than traditional cigarettes, the panel of experts found both positive and negative effects of heat not burning use and were not ready to conclude they were entirely safe.

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