Medical journal, Lung Disease News, endorses vaping as a reduced-harm alternative to smoking.
Misinformation and lousy science regarding vaping and its benefits are continually being shared on social media and further propagated by media outlets. With most of the media choosing to take a hardline stance against vaping, it’s truly surprising when a major medical journal subverts the narrative and endorses the use of vaping products.
Based out of the United Kingdom, Lung Disease News is a medical publication with a focus on chronic lung conditions such as asthma, bronchitis, and COPD. They report on the latest scientific breakthroughs and research regarding new information and treatments for these conditions.
Anti-vaping activists have criticized the move for painting vaping in a positive light. Meanwhile, the vaping community has praised the move as one that helps to better inform the public about the potential benefits of vaping.
In an age of constant scrutiny from officials and the media, endorsements such as this are vital to ensuring balanced discourse surrounding vaping. Negative stigmas and associations created by these outlets can misinform and mislead the public into believing vaping is just as harmful as smoking.
Balancing The Conversation
Medical Journal Lung Disease News issued a press release back in mid-2017 titled E-Cigarettes carry much less risk of lung cancer than cigarette smoke, study finds. By referencing research studies, the journal stated: “the team concluded that cigarettes posed the highest lifetime risk, followed by heat-not-burn devices, then e-cigarettes, and finally nicotine inhalers.”
One of the critical studies sourced in the endorsement by Lung Disease News was led by Dr. William Stephens of the University of St.Andrews. Stephens’ team sought to determine cancer risks associated with multiple carcinogens found in tobacco smoke against comparable levels of risk found in other devices.
The journal even went as far as to address the “small minority” of studies claiming high levels of carcinogens in vaping. The organization determined these small discrepancies are the result of excessive vaping temperature and not a result of the average use of these devices.
The endorsement comes at a pivotal time amid growing misinformation and lies being spread about vaping devices and products. Alongside a growing body of research proving vaping’s efficacy as a smoking cessation device, endorsements like this help present vaping in a better light and balance the surrounding discourse.
Benefits Of Vaping
Research is always coming out that proves vaping is one of the most effective smoking cessation devices available today. A study from the University of Louisville had found vaping to be the single most effective tool in helping smokers quit, even beating out prescription alternatives such as Chantix.
In a groundbreaking study performed by Public Health England, researchers found vaping to be at least 95% safer than smoking. In an unrelated investigation, the Roswell Park Comprehensive Cancer Center found vaping to be 93% safer than smoking.
Meanwhile, a landmark study published in the Journal of Aerosol Sciences found vapers have a 57,000 times lower risk of cancer compared to smokers. The researchers found that particulate matter in vapor is far less harmful than smoke.
Despite the proven benefits of vaping products and devices, a survey by Action on Smoking and Health found that only 13% of adults believe vaping is safer than smoking, with 26% believing it’s just as bad if not worse. It’s essential for there to be a balanced narrative surrounding the potential risks and benefits of vaping so that adults can make responsible decisions about their health.
The kind of endorsements issued by major medical organizations such as Lung Disease News help to better highlight the benefits offered by vaping to smokers. By balancing the biased and one-sided narrative currently surrounding vaping, the journal is potentially saving millions of lives by showing smokers that there is a reduced harm alternative to help them quit.
We live in an age of fake news and blatant misinformation aiming to mislead the public in the name of gaining clicks and ad revenue — an age where the idea of content virality is more important than remaining impartial and factual.
While endorsements like this are invaluable to correcting the myths currently being spread about vaping, it’s important for members of the vaping community to remain properly informed about potential benefits to counter misinformation as it arises.
With such a skewed and biased narrative regarding vaping, the general public tends to be poorly informed regarding the benefits of vaping. Thanks to resources such as Lung Disease News and Electronic Cigarettes Reviews, we can remain vigilant in informing smokers about a potentially life-saving option.
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