Latest Australian research: E-cigarettes are far less harmful to intestinal health than cigarettes

Recently, a paper published in the authoritative international medical journal “Nutrients” pointed out that e-cigarettes are far less harmful to intestinal health than cigarettes. Cigarettes can disrupt smokers’ intestinal flora and induce obesity, enteritis, colon cancer and other diseases. E-cigarettes do not alter the gut microbiome.

The paper was published in the authoritative international medical journal “Nutrients”

Imbalance of intestinal flora is a danger signal of impaired intestinal health. It not only causes metabolic disorders, but also induces a variety of intestinal and lung diseases. The research was led by many Australian universities, including the University of Sydney and the University of Technology Sydney, and mainly explored the impact of e-cigarettes on the intestinal flora of mice. Through experiments and observations in mice for up to 16 weeks, the researchers confirmed that e-cigarettes do not alter the gut microbiome.

“Cigarettes can cause intestinal flora imbalance and a series of intestinal chronic diseases, so we all assume that e-cigarettes will also have similar effects. But during the study, we did not observe changes in the intestinal microbiome caused by e-cigarettes. This Quite surprising,” the authors wrote in the research paper.

In fact, as early as 2021, research from Newcastle University in the UK has confirmed that e-cigarettes do not disrupt intestinal flora. The study compared the different effects of cigarettes and e-cigarettes on human intestinal flora and found that cigarettes significantly reduced the beneficial bacteria in smokers’ intestines (the absence of beneficial bacteria can cause obesity) and increased harmful bacteria that can cause colon cancer. In contrast, the intestinal flora of e-cigarette users did not change significantly and was basically the same as that of non-smokers.

“Our research shows that e-cigarettes cause less damage to intestinal flora than cigarettes. This will make more smokers willing to actively switch to e-cigarettes and reduce harm and quit smoking with the help of e-cigarettes.” Research paper No. 1 Said author Dr. Christopher J Stewart.

The official website of the World Health Organization describes smoking cessation as “Quitting tobacco”, which means quitting tobacco, because the main hazards of cigarettes – more than 4,000 chemical substances and 69 carcinogens are produced during the burning of tobacco. E-cigarettes do not contain tobacco combustion and can reduce 95% of the harm of cigarettes. Multiple studies around the world have confirmed that smokers’ health conditions are effectively improved after they completely switch to e-cigarettes.

“There is no doubt that e-cigarettes can reduce harm. The problem is that factors such as morality, interests, and ideological limitations limit those who oppose e-cigarettes, making them invisible or even deliberately ignoring the advantages of e-cigarettes.” Colin Mendelsohn, Chairman of the Australian Tobacco Harm Reduction Association explain. In Australia, nicotine-containing e-cigarettes are regulated as drugs, which makes him very anxious.

“The emergence of new technologies will always arouse everyone’s fear and suspicion. New things that are widely accepted today, such as coffee and refrigeration technology, encountered strong opposition when they first came out. But we should not be afraid of new technologies.” He said, “The promotion of e-cigarettes in the UK has successfully reduced the smoking rate, but we are clinging to the will-to-quit smoking method and refusing to accept the new smoking control model of harm reduction. This is so ironic.”

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