The Drug and Alcohol Dependence website recently posted the results of a study on the effect of e-cigarettes that contain alcohol on young people.
The study compared the difference between two commercially available vanilla-flavour e-liquids that contained 8mg/ml nicotine, and either 23.5 per cent or 0.4 percent alcohol. The purpose was to further understand the alcohol content in popular vape products, and to determine if the subject is worth investigation in relation to the after- effects of the alcohol.
Researchers asked 21 adults to puff each of the e-cigarettes in order to measure the psychomotor performance and alcohol metabolites in urine.
What they found was that people didn’t feel like they experienced any changes, although there was some decline in their psychomotor performances after inhaling the high-alcohol content e-cigs, compared with the products with only trace amounts of alcohol.
That said, testing showed no detectable changes in plasma alcohol levels, and just three of the participants had any measurable alcohol metabolite levels in their urine after using the high-alcohol content liquid.
Also, approximately three-quarters of all commercial e-cigarette liquids on the market contain less than 1 percent alcohol, according to the liquids tested by researchers.
Overall, the researchers involved in the study concluded that further examination should be conducted for more in-depth results and conclusive arguments. Some media outlets will undoubtedly translate this as a call to ban e-cigarettes for young people due to alcohol content, but the evidence simply does not support such an argument.
In addition to this, other medical professionals have found the study unconvincing, saying that as there was no alcohol found in the blood of the participants – even those who used high-alcohol electronic cigarettes – it strongly suggests that these products do not impair your motor skills.