I feel like vaping is both a good thing and a bad thing today. Obviously its fantastic for helping you to quit smoking, but it cops a lot of crap on social media. “We get it, you vape,” et cetera, et cetera. However, new research from here in New Zealand reveals that vaping could actually be a key to beating obesity.
‘Could vaping be a new weapon in the battle of the bulge?’ is the paper in question, looking at existing researching into vaping, nicotine and weight gain. It calls for more research into the potential for using vaping to combat obesity.
“Vaping’s use of e-liquids with food flavours, along with the mouth-feel and aroma of the vapour and the hand-to-mouth actions of vaping, could play a role in helping people eat less,” says lead author Marewa Glover from Massey’s School of Public Health in a media release.
“Obesity is set to overtake smoking as the leading preventable cause of disease and early death in several countries. If there is a chance that flavoured vaping could help even a small proportion of people reduce the diabetes, cardiovascular and cancer risks associated with excess weight, the population health gains would be significant.”
Vaping’s use of e-liquids with food flavours… could play a role in helping people eat less.
It’s well known that quitting smoking leads to weight gain. Recent data suggests that, in order to avoid this, the better path is to switch to e-cigarettes. But what about those who don’t smoke? The authors say in their conclusions:
“Such questions could be explored in human laboratory experiments involving both smokers about to quit and never-smokers. Clearly, such research would not be without controversy. It could be considered unethical to introduce naive users to nicotine, a potentially dependency forming substance. Short-term nicotine vaping is unlikely to lead to nicotine dependency or tobacco smoking and should be sufficient to determine at what level an effect on appetite may be detected if at all.
Vaping is not considered harmless even without nicotine, thus introducing current nonsmokers to vaping even without nicotine could also be considered unethical. In addition, there is opposition to vaping among some public health researchers. Their alarm that smokers are switching to vaping, despite the estimated 95% lowered health risk could increase at the thought of nonsmokers being attracted to vaping for weight control if this concept begins to be discussed in the scientific or public realm.”