Users have been saying vaping helps them quit smoking from the infancy of its use. Often in the face of opposition fueled by ignorance, those who vape face unfair taxes and regulations. It is a misunderstood technology at this time, mostly due to misinformation and speculations. It isn’t helpful that the FDA and even some anti-smoking groups automatically put those who vape in the same category as those who smoke cigarettes.
Thankfully, there is more scientific research out to further strengthen these facts. People who used vaping were more likely to kick the habit than those who didn’t. “It’s absolutely clear that vaping help smokers replace cigarettes,” said Peter Hajek. He is the director of the health and lifestyle research unit at Queen Mary University in London. He is a supporter of smokeless vaping devices.
Researchers analyzed and compared data collected by the U.S. Census from 2001 to 2015. This included the number of adult vapor users from the most recent surveys. Smoking rates have been generally declining for decades. Health experts have credited taxes on tobacco products and anti-smoking ads for some of the drop.
Many say vaping is the main cause. Vaping has been sold in the U.S. since 2007. Most devices heat a liquid nicotine solution into vapor and is a less dangerous alternative. This is because the liquid does not contain all the chemicals, tar or odor of regular cigarettes.
Whiles nicotine patches, gums, and medications are known to aid smoking cessation users don’t stick with them. This U.S. research is the largest yet to look those who vape. They found those it played a role in helping people quit smoking cigarettes. Interestingly, about two-thirds of vaping users tried to quit smoking in the past unsuccessfully.
The study found that vaping users were more likely to succeed in quitting for at least three months than non-users. Long term success rates were high as well. This research received its funding from the National Institutes of Health.
This is good news for those in of congress trying to gain momentum for measures to help stop forthcoming FDA regulations of the vaping industry in 2018. These findings can be seen right now in the United Kingdom. There vaping is as a successful smoking cessation tool.
In the U.S. the rate of people quitting smoking has remained steady at about 4.5 percent for years. Only in 2014-2015 did it jump to 5.6 percent, this represents about 350,000 fewer smokers. This is the first recorded rise in the smoking cessation rate in over 15 years. The lead author Shu-Hong Zhu of the University of California, San Diego, said the results show vaping use played important role in this decline that is continuing.
Other are quickly speaking up in support as well. Like Peter Hajek, who actually wasn’t part of the research. He says vaping devices shouldn’t come under strict regulations by the US government. He further went on to say that way smokers can get what they want without killing themselves. His point hits home with many scientists and leading health professionals who look vaping as ways to eliminate the toxicity cigarette smokers face with each puff.
While two important bills sit stalled in House of Representative panels for review. These are critical bills because they prevent the Food and Drug Administration from requiring retroactive safety reviews of all vaping products already on the market. Something has to be done soon as 2018 is fast approaching.
Many claim and warn falsely that the long-term side effects of vaping are unknown. If this retroactive review is not stopped, financial experts fear a collapse of the vaping industry as we know it in the US. They also say more people will return to cigarette smoking in response if availability issues become a problem.
Even the American Heart Association’s Tobacco Research and Addiction Center spread this information. Aruni Bhatnagar, director of the American Heart Association’s Tobacco Research and Addiction Center said: “We just don’t know if moving to vaping is good enough to reduce the harm”. The research is overwhelming in support of this, yet they want to regulate the vaping industry out of existence.
Willfully ignoring sound science is not serving the public’s best interest. Statements like these are damaging to the credibility of such organizations. The longer they continue the worse it looks to be on the wrong side of science. Even Chris Bullen, who authored an accompanying editorial, said although the long-term safety of vaping is unclear, any ill effects are “likely to be rare compared with the harms of continuing to smoke.”
The latest results strongly suggest that more lenient control of e-cigarettes could improve population health, said Bullen, a professor of public health at the University of Auckland. “If every smoker was to change over to vaping completely, there would be a dramatic and almost immediate public health benefit,” he said in an email to ABC News. Ask any former cigarette smoker who has switched to vaping and they will tell you these benefits first hand.
Vaping studies have repeatedly shown that vaping products are 95 percent less harmful than combustible cigarettes. Don’t forget that Tobacco smoke from cigarettes also contains more than 7,000 chemicals of which approximately 70 are cancer causing.
When you vape this is not the case. You have control to taper nicotine levels over time. This is tailored to your needs and is very helpful in aiding many former smokers to make the change once and for all. There is also an assortment of herbal vape options as well to avoid nicotine altogether.
While we can celebrate additional studies coming out in support of vaping, remember it is important not to forget how far we have to go. The US can learn a lot from the United Kingdom and look towards their policies on vaping as a cessation tool. They have been successfully using vaping to decrease long term smoking rates.
We must rally in support of the two bills. They help save vaping from being regulated and priced out of existence. The importance of emphasizing that those who vape are making a wiser choice for the health is important and needs your support. Be sure and share this information, especially with non-smokers so they can become educated on this important issue.
The more people that smoke cigarettes, the more lives that will be lost down the road. This is the reality faced by those who can’t quit. Help break this cycle and support those who vape instead of smoke. Science is on their side, even if the uneducated public, lawmakers, Congress and the FDA all seems against them. Vape instead of smoking and eliminate the risk of harm to your body. Science supports your wise choice.