The new report concludes adult smokers who vape are more likely to quit smoking, however, former smokers who still vape may be at an increased risk
Smoking is still the leading cause of preventable death and disease around the globe despite our years of work. As such, it’s as important as ever that we have new and effective tools for getting people off cigarettes for good.
It can be easy to forget, but modern vaping has only been around for a little more than 15 years and is often misunderstood. However, a new report is proving once again that despite the misinformation, vaping is one of the single best smoking cessation tools we have at our disposal.
The vaping community celebrated these findings, as they support the need for a clear distinction between vaping and smoking. Meanwhile, anti-vapers remain critical of the broader impact of e-cigarettes, especially on teens.
Regardless, it’s always great to have more peer-reviewed evidence which supports the harm reduction and smoking cessation value of vaping. So while this report may not have a massive impact alone, it most certainly adds to the growing pile of positive data.
The study was led by Dr. Ramchandar Gomajee of Sorbonne University in Paris. The team was looking into the role that e-cigarettes play on smoking cessation, before, during, and after a given quit attempt.
To do this, the team collected information from over 5,000 daily smokers over the course of two years while they tried to quit smoking. They concluded that smokers who used vapes were smoking a lot fewer cigarettes, and were nearly twice as likely to quit smoking successfully.
Not all the results were as positive, though, as the team also concluded former smokers who still vape are at an increased risk of relapsing back to smoking. However, this correlation was much less significant than the increase in the ability to quit smoking. The report also only looked at adult smokers, leaving the ever-important teenage vaping question still up in the air.
After collecting all the data, the team was confident enough in their findings to say, “regular (daily) electronic cigarette use is associated with a significantly higher decrease in the number of cigarettes smoked per day as well as an increase in smoking cessation attempts.”
Why Support Vaping?
This latest report backs up what we already know about the value of vaping as a smoking cessation tool. A report from the University of Louisville tested all the most common smoking cessation tools and methods ranging from cold turkey through prescription drugs. After collecting all their data, the team concluded it was none other than vaping, which was the most likely to succeed.
One of the most common arguments against vaping is their impact on non-smoking teens, as many believe acceptance of vaping will lead to more smokers. Luckily reports of over 60,000 teens conclude that only between 0.1% and 0.5% of non-smoking teens are ever vaping more than once or twice, meaning even fewer could be ending up smokers.
That’s not even to mention all the evidence we have supporting the harm reduction value of vaping. Roswell Park Cancer Institute published a report recently which concluded the toxicants in vapor are around 93% lower than in cigarette smoke. This backs what a 2015 report by Public Health England found when it concluded vaping is at least 95% safer than continued smoking.
However, nothing really proves how much safer vaping is than smoking quite like the report out of the Journal of Aerosol Sciences. The team of researchers was able to determine that the excess lifetime cancer risk of a vaper is around 57,000 times lower than a demographically similar smoker.
It’s always important to have more research supporting the harm reduction and smoking cessation value of vaping. With all the misinformation out there, the best tool we have is independent research.
If we don’t fight for our vaping rights now, we could soon find ourselves in a world where vaping is merely a shell of its former self. What would be the real tragedy is if millions of vapers reverted to smoking because of misguided regulations.
That’s why we must spread the positive information on vaping to all the smokers around us. The more people who understand what they stand to gain by switching to vaping, the easier it will be to protect our rights.
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