Study adds to expansive body of research noting vapings efficacy in smoking cessation
Vaping has faced a wave of backlash following reports of illnesses that news outlets have repeatedly misattributed to it. Despite this, research continues to emerge that reaffirms vapings effectiveness as a smoking cessation device.
Research published in the journal Addiction finds that vaping helped over 50,000 Britons quit smoking in 2017 alone. In addition, the study notes a direct correlation between increased vapor device usage and smoking cessation rates from 2011 onward as vaping grew in popularity.
This adds to existing studies noting the success rates of using vaping to help people quit smoking. Researchers stated that current research shows vaping is less harmful than smoking and may help people quit.
The backlash faced by vaping has been completely isolated to the United States, with no similar reports of illnesses coming from any other country. As vaping faces a looming federal ban there, officials in the United Kingdom have continued to stand behind vaping as a valuable public health tool.
Smoking Cessation Aid
Research published in the journal Addiction finds vaping helped between 50,000 to 70,000 British smokers quit in 2017 alone. Researchers found that smoking cessation rates climbed as vapor device usage increased from 2011 onward.
The study was funded by Cancer Research UK and carried out by researchers from University College London. Figures were based on data from the Smoking Toolkit Study, monthly surveys of people 16 and older, going as far back as 2006.
Researchers find the study adds to existing research noting the effectiveness of vaping in smoking cessation. “This study builds on population surveys and clinical trials that find e-cigarettes can help smokers to stop. England seems to have found a sensible balance between regulation and promotion of e-cigarettes,” says Dr. Emma Beard, lead author of the study.
The report helps to highlight an overall difference in attitude toward vaping between the United States and the United Kingdom. The United Kingdom, which has not faced similar reports of illnesses, has embraced vaping as a valuable public health tool to help Britons quit smoking.
Facts About Vaping
For years the United Kingdom has endorsed vaping and recognized its value in smoking cessation. Public Health England has continued to stand by findings that vaping is 95% less harmful than smoking, also noting there is no evidence vaping acts as a gateway to smoking among teens in the UK.
This adds to current research finding that there may not be a greater asset than vaping in the war against the smoking epidemic. A study the University of Louisville found vaping is the most effective smoking cessation option, even more than prescription cessation therapies.
Vaping is so effective at smoking cessation in part due to being a reduced-harm alternative to tobacco. Research from the Journal of Aerosol Sciences found that vapers have a 57,000 times lower risk of getting cancer compared to smokers.
However, despite the collection of data noting the value of vaping, the public at large tends to remain misinformed. A survey by Action on Smoking and Health found as few as 13% of participants believe vaping is safer than smoking, with as much as 26% believing it’s as bad, if not worse.
This study adds to “evidence that already exists from multiple sources showing that e-cigarettes are helping smokers quit” according to Professor Peter Hajek, director of the Tobacco Dependence Research Unit at Queen Mary University of London. He notes that vaping provides hope for those struggling to quit and who have failed with other approaches.
While vaping does have the support of UK public health officials who see its value as a smoking cessation aid, the larger public health community has yet to see this value. The World Health Organization has yet to endorse vaping for smoking cessation, stating that scientific evidence on e-cigarettes as smoking cessation is not yet conclusive.
The study shines light on a dark time for vaping in general, as public health scares have led to an intense regulatory crackdown in the United States. Studies like this may be valuable in helping to shift the public perception about vaping in a more positive direction.
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