Take a closer look at e-cigarettes. Less dangerous than cigarettes but that doesn’t mean it’s safe. Research to date indicates that e-cigarettes are actually less dangerous than regular cigarettes. It’s also a more effective alternative to smoking cessation than other options. But e-cigarettes are not 100% safe for health because more and more research is being done to point out the dangers of e-cigarettes both effects on the vascular system weakens the lungs’ risk of emphysema including the long-term health effects that are not yet conclusive. A few days ago, Mr. Anutin Charnvirakul, Minister of Public Health has clearly announced that will not amend the law on electronic cigarettes. As a result, the import and sale of electronic cigarettes in Thailand will continue to be illegal. Such a decision generates both support and per side. For example, the National Confederation Network for a Smoke-Free Thai Society, who came out to support and appreciate this decision of Mr. Anutin while on the other side E-cigarette user network representative “Goodbye tobacco smoke” also came out to express dissent and argues that this closes the door to alternative smoking cessation options for smokers. So that readers can make better decisions for themselves, whether they will be a stand for or against the use of e-cigarettes, the KSKURVEBKKPOD team has compiled the pros and cons of e-cigarettes based on the latest research from around the world. Come and see the health effects of electronic cigarettes all around. The most obvious advantage of electronic cigarettes is that it is 95% less harmful than regular cigarettes. The British Public Health Service reviewed several studies about the harm of cigarettes compared to e-cigarettes and concluded that e-cigarettes are 95% less harmful than cigarettes, mainly because e-cigarettes do not have a combustion process. Thus, it does not produce tar, an oil produced by the burning process of tobacco and a major cause of lung cancer. In addition, e-cigarettes do not produce the carbon monoxide gas of a cigarette. therefore much safer. In addition, another advantage of e-cigarettes is that being an alternative to quitting smoking is more effective than other alternatives. The latest research released this year which conducted research in England found that Up to 18% of the sample who tried to quit smoking using e-cigarettes were able to quit smoking. while the sample who tried to quit smoking using other types of nicotine substitutes such as nicotine gum or nicotine patches quitting smoking is less, with only 9.9% being able to quit smoking. However, it must be said that more than 80% of people who use e-cigarettes to help quit smoking still use e-cigarettes one year after quitting a cigarette. While those who used nicotine replacement were able to quit smoking and only 9% were still required to use nicotine replacement within one year of quitting. Another advantage of e-cigarettes is 2nd hand e-cigarette vapor is less harmful to people around you than second-hand smoke from traditional cigarettes. Despite the many advantages, e-cigarettes are not 100% safe. Research on the dangers of e-cigarettes is still scarce. But in the past, more and more evidence has emerged that e-cigarettes affect health in a different way than cigarettes One study, recently published in the journal Radiology on Aug. 20, found that inhaling e-cigarette vapor that although without nicotine in it affects the work of the blood vessels of the smoker. The study asked healthy people to try e-cigarettes without nicotine. Then use an MRI machine to scan the blood vessels. It was found that changes in blood flow in the main arteries of the leg were found after a single puff of e-cigarette. However, the symptoms returned to normal within minutes. But the researchers commented that the phenomenon is caused by a single puff of e-cigarette. But if there is continuous smoking, such symptoms may not go away as quickly as in the experiment. In addition, the symptoms that occur are similar to the initial symptoms of cardiovascular disease. This can take years for the disease to form. Other studies have also found that vaping from e-cigarettes damages immune cells in the lungs. This makes the lungs less resistant to bacteria. It also has inflammation more easily. In one study, mice were divided into two groups. The results showed that the mice inhaled e-cigarette vapor had less ability to remove bacteria from their lungs and weaken and infect the lungs. Researchers have also found a link between e-cigarette use and chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD). A 2018 study compared people who use e-cigarettes to those who don’t and found that people who use e-cigarettes are twice as likely to develop COPD. For the electronic cigarette liquid, apart from containing nicotine, two other important substances, propylene glycol, and glycerin, are both proven to be safe to consume (eat). But for the substances into the body through inhalation into the lungs, until now, there is no proof that it is safe or not. And finally, since electric cigarettes have only recently emerged, therefore, there are no studies about the long-term health effects of e-cigarettes. Until now there is no conclusion on how e-cigarettes affect the long-term health of smokers. All of this could be summed up in a short sentence that e-cigarettes are less dangerous than cigarettes but it doesn’t mean it’s safe.