Daily Mail Argues Vaping Is Better Than Smoking
In today’s world, six million people around the world die each year from tobacco-related causes. The number is shocking, considering all the evidence the public has about the dangers of tobacco and traditional cigarettes and the public health push to prevent people from smoking and all the smoking cessation alternatives that exist. And in poorer countries, the casualty rate from tobacco is even higher because of less stringent tobacco policies and little to no support for smokers who want to quit.
But what if vaping can save lives? Recent studies seem to support the idea that if smokers have access to vaping, they can quit traditional cigarettes with more ease and won’t return to smoking. Studies also show that there are fewer risks involved with vaping than with smoking.
It seems the jury is still out on vaping.
However, public opinion is showing a move towards society’s acceptance that vaping is better — and healthier — than smoking. One of the largest supporters now comes in the form of a news organization.
The Daily Mail, a UK-based newspaper, released an article for its The Conversation column this weekend that talks about vaping and what it means for modern society. The article is written by Marcus Munafo, a professor of psychology at the University of Bristol, and covers the scientific reasons why vaping is not as harmful as smoking.
Munafo makes the important point that vaping is different from smoking. He explains that vaping delivers nicotine by heating propylene glycol, an e-liquid that contains nicotine, which turns into vapor. That vapor is inhaled, which is where the term vaping originally came from.
This means that e-liquids are a simpler way for vapers to get nicotine. Cigarettes and other tobacco products have hundreds of chemicals and carcinogens along with nicotine, most of which are dangerous to human health, so it can seem like common sense to view vaping as a healthier alternative to smoking.
But the science goes deeper than that. A recent study done to investigate the impact vaping has on human heart cells, known as endothelial cells, proved something amazing — traditional cigarettes had a negative impact on these cells while vaping had no effect on cells at all. While this is just one study on vaping and the human heart, the results are considered to be a valid reason to debate whether or not vaping should be universally accepted.
Public health advocates and anti-vaping policy makers aren’t giving up without a fight. They claim that there is not enough scientific research to claim, with any sort of confident conclusion, that vaping is healthier than smoking. Other critics claim that vaping is getting children hooked on nicotine, leading to younger generations moving from vaping to smoking rather than not smoking traditional cigarettes at all.
While the debate rages on about vaping and whether or not it should be banned, vapers are adding their voices to the choir that argues for common sense regulations for the industry. These vapers tend to be former smokers who are passionate about having the ability to decide for themselves how to quit.
Because most vapers are former smokers who have laddered down their nicotine levels with vaping, the vaping industry stands firm in its belief that removing vaping from public use will create even more smokers, leading to more deaths every year.
For now, more evidence and scientific study will be needed to truly understand vaping and its advantages and disadvantages. However, with the support of large news companies like the Daily Mail, it seems that public opinion is more inviting to learning how vaping can positively affect smokers’ lives.