The NHS report details several ways in which the UK is once again leading the way in proper utilization of e-cigarettes.
It’s very easy to forget sometimes, but modern vaping has only really been around for the last 15 years. As such, governments around the world are still working to find their own ways to regulate this new product and industry.
While some places, such as Australia, have taken a strict stance against vaping and made it extremely difficult to do, other countries saw the value and are now reaping the benefits. The UK has always been at the forefront of this movement, and a recent report by their National Health Service indicates this isn’t likely to change anytime soon.
Their report found a ton of little statistics which indicate vaping is king in the UK and it’s leading to a swift and strong demise of smoking there. The vaping community celebrated this latest evidence supporting the value of e-cigarettes, but anti-vapers remain skeptical of their impact on teens.
Only time will tell what this latest report will mean for the vaping community outside of the UK. Regardless, it highlights why we should all be following their blueprint on how to properly handle vaping.
The statistics come from the UK’s National Health Service’s annual report called Statistics on Smoking. This year’s report provided several key pieces of evidence which strongly support the value of e-cigarettes to improve public health.
For starters, the persistent claim that vaping is acting as a gateway to smoking has once again been proven wrong. Despite a slight rise in the number of teens vaping, the number of teens smoking has reached another all-time low this year, 3%. This trend held steady for adult smokers, as adult smoking rates also dropped to their lowest point ever, around 14.4%, while the number of vapers has nearly doubled in the last five years.
The other significant findings of the report involve which demographics of vapers have been growing the most rapidly. While they noted potentially important points such as that 11-15-year-olds have the lowest chances of vaping of any age group, a more important trend is the rise in elderly vapers.
The NHS report found that the number of vapers aged 50-59 saw the most dramatic increase over the last year. In fact, according to their statistics, this demographic now accounts for the second-largest group of vapers in the country. However, perhaps the most critical finding was that knowledge of the benefits of vaping has never been higher, with a full 70% of UK smokers understanding how much safer vaping is.
Making A Case For Vaping
The decrease in smoking rates since vaping has hit the market is astounding. When you look at all of the evidence gathered, though, it’s no wonder. Vaping has continually proven to be an effective tool for reducing harm and getting people off cigarettes.
It was Public Health England who released a groundbreaking study back in 2015 which found vaping to be 95% safer than smoking. More recently, Roswell Park Cancer Institute found that vapor has 93% fewer toxicants than cigarette smoke. But perhaps most importantly, a study published in the Journal of Aerosol Sciences found vapers have 57,000 times less likelihood of developing cancer than a smoker of similar background.
This recent study also supports the findings of vaping as a smoking cessation tool. It was a study out of the University of Louisville that stacked vaping up against the likes of nicotine gums and patches, and even prescription drugs like Chantix. They found that vaping was the single most effective tool on the market to help smokers successfully quit.
It also supports the argument that vaping does not lead teens to smoke. A survey of over 60,000 students by Action on Smoking and Health found that it is just between 0.1-0.5% of teens who don’t already smoke that take up vaping. Meaning the number of teens who end up smoking due to vaping is even smaller.
The growing decline in smoking, both among adults and teens, notably since vaping has been popularized is impressive. With vaping as such a useful and effective tool to implement, many people are finding it much easier to become smoke-free.
Countries, such as England, that have promoted vaping are leagues closer to becoming smoke-free than most. Other countries should learn from their example to support vaping among their smoking populations.
Wherever your country falls on the spectrum of vaping acceptance, it’s vital that word of its effectiveness continues to spread if we ever want to stamp out smoking for good. Individuals who have benefited and improved their lives by vaping should share their experiences so more people can make the right call.
Do you think we are on the way to a smoke-free world? Do you think the decrease in smoking reflects positively on vaping’s effectiveness? How has vaping changed your life for the better? Let us know what you think in the comments, and don’t forget to check back here or join our Facebook and Twitter communities for more news and articles.