Dr. Konstantinos Farsalinos is once again proving why he’s one of the leading voices in vaping research.
The debate over how to properly regulate vaping has been ongoing for many years now. You don’t have to look very far to find a myriad of different ways governments have decided to regulate e-cigarettes. Meanwhile, both sides of the argument are only becoming more stubborn as time goes on. Anti-vapers believe any support for vaping will have a negative impact on teens, while supporters point to a growing pile of peer-reviewed evidence to prove their point. One of the leading voices in the vaping debate for many years now has been Dr. Konstantinos Farsalinos. He’s most well known for his replication studies, but a few months back he published an original report looking into the smoking cessation value of vaping.
Thanks to his continued work to shed light on the real impact of vaping, Dr. Farsalinos has quickly become a respected voice among the vaping community and health community. His replication studies have been integral in pushing back against some of the most egregious cases of misleading vaping studies. While his latest report isn’t a replication study, many experts take his word very seriously.
Dr. Farsalinos was not alone on this project, with several other prominent voices in the vaping industry joining him. This included Dr. Konstantinos Poulas, of the University of Patras and Dr. Georgios Siakas, of the University of Macedonia. It was funded by the Onassis Cardiac Surgery Center in Athens, as well as by the National School of Public Health. The team looked at data regarding the connection between vaping and the ability of smokers to quit. After analyzing data from over 2500 participants, the researchers started to reach some interesting conclusions.
Most importantly, the team determined around 40% of those who had successfully quit smoking since 2014 had used the help of an e-cigarette in some form or fashion. Some of these participants entirely switched, while others were dual using. According to their data, around 62% of all current vapers have stopped smoking, with 36% using both. Perhaps the most striking finding of the report was that only 0.2% of non-smokers are currently vaping. The report mentioned some data from other researchers, including a report which concluded smokers who vape are more than ten times as likely to quit smoking for good.
This latest report falls nicely into the growing pile of evidence we have for the harm reduction and smoking cessation value of vaping. For starters, we’ve known since at least 2015 that vaping is at least 95% safer than smoking thanks to a report by Public Health England. In the years since we’ve gotten many more studies which back up these claims. In fact, just a few months back, researchers at Roswell Park Cancer Institute concluded the toxicants in e-liquid vapor are 93% lower than in cigarette smoke. However, nothing proves the harm reduction value of vaping quite like the report from the Journal of Aerosol Sciences which concluded the excess lifetime cancer risk of a vaper is around 57,000 times lower than a demographically similar smoker.
Looking past the harm reduction value, and we still have a ton to love about e-cigarettes. For instance, we have reports which conclude not only is vaping an effective smoking cessation tool, but it’s actually more likely to succeed than anything else. But perhaps the single most crucial piece of evidence we have supporting vaping is the report from the Journal of Aerosol Sciences which concluded the excess lifetime cancer risk of a vaper is around 57,000 times lower than a demographically similar smoker.
This latest report from Dr. Farsalinos is just the latest which proves the extraordinary value of vaping as a harm reduction and smoking cessation tool. There’s a growing consensus among reputable researchers than while not harmless, vaping is much safer than continued smoking and ought to be supported as such. Instead, the public perception of vaping remains woefully low, with some estimates putting it around 13% who understand the true value of vaping. If we want to end the smoking epidemic once and for all, we simply must support all the best tools we have, which undoubtedly includes vaping.
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