International criticism on the health hazards induced by vaping will continue to rage. Like the fight against legalizing recreational and medical marijuana, documented proof continues to emerge recognizing the two fledgling industries as wise alternatives.
While responsible cannabis use can help with an assortment of ailments, vaping apparently does not inject as much harmful microbiome into one’s system as smoking, according to recent a Newcastle University study.
The results of the new vaping stomach health study were released earlier this month in an article published by Peerj. The lead author, Christopher Stewart, Ph.D., said the study demonstrated vaping does not produce the amount of harmful bacteria as cigarettes. Microbiome is natural-forming microorganisms in one’s digestive tract and since it is linked to a growing list of physical and mental conditions, the topic is being hotly debated in the medical community. How far behind are doctors and scientists?
“The bacterial cells in our body outnumber our own human cells and our microbiome weighs more than our brain, yet we are only just beginning to understand its importance on our health,” Stewart stated in a press release Monday.
For this vaping stomach health study, Stewart and his team analyzed bacterial samples from 30 people. Of those included, 10 vaped e-cigarettes, 10 smoked tobacco and 10 did not smoke. The team of researchers genetically sequenced cheek samples, fecal and saliva to determine the bacterial composition of each individual.
“More investigation is needed,” Stewart said in the release. “But to find that vaping is less-damaging than smoking on our gut bacteria adds to the incentive to change to e-cigarettes and for people to use them as a tool to quit smoking completely.”
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