Latest Research Shows Once Again Why Vaping Is Such A Valuable Tool
According to researchers, almost half of all vapers are able to end their dependence on tobacco after just a few months.
Likely the most common battle fought over vaping currently is how we should be regulating them. While some believe they’re causing harm to teens and others believe the harm reduction value provided is worth it, few are saying vaping should be entirely unregulated. However, most politicians have become obsessed with using vaping as a scapegoat to generate more tax revenue, or even worse, to shirk their responsibility of developing an adequate regulatory framework for the vaping industry. Making an unfortunate situation worse is the growing pile of peer-reviewed evidence which supports the many benefits of vaping. One of the newest articles even proved once again vaping is an extremely effective smoking cessation tool.
Researchers concluded that after three months of continued vaping, about 45% of smokers were able to fully kick their smoking habit. Unfortunately, it doesn’t seem as if this research will change many minds, as both sides have grown increasingly stubborn and unwilling to compromise. The most common concern about vaping involves their impact on teens, especially non-smokers. Anti-vapers are convinced acceptance of e-cigarettes will inevitably lead to more teens picking up vaping and eventually smoking, despite a lack of any large scale research. Meanwhile, those in support of vaping continue to gather peer-reviewed research which suggests there may be a lot more at stake than others realize.
Smoking Cessation Superstar
This new report has drawn some immediate criticism from anti-vapers, as it was funded by none other than Juul Labs. While it’s absolutely worth noting they funded the research; it doesn’t automatically disqualify it. While the results were quite impressive, they fall in line with much of what other fully independent researchers have found when looking at the effectiveness of vaping as a quit aid. The report was published in the Harm Reduction Journal and asked over 15,000 adult smokers about their personal relationship and understanding of e-cigarettes. It didn’t take long for the team to find some compelling results, including that 25% of smokers were able to quit after just one month of vaping. More impressively, this figure jumped to 45% after another two months, meaning that after three months almost half of smokers had successfully quit smoking.
Things were already quite tumultuous for the vaping industry, but everything got a lot more crazy a few weeks back when Dr. Scott Gottlieb announced he’d be stepping down from his post as the FDA Commissioner effective later this month. The interim head of the FDA, Ned Sharpless, went on the record to say he’d be continuing their push against vaping, but most experts believe he’s only holding the job until President Trump nominates his next pick. Whoever ends up the next official FDA Commissioner will undoubtedly have a massive impact on what happens next for vapers.
Research On E-Cigarettes
While these latest figures certainly help make a case for vaping, none of it is exactly surprising if you’ve been paying attention to all the research. We already know that e-cigarettes are one of, if not the best, smoking cessation tools we have at our disposal thanks to a report out of the University of Louisville. The team tested all the most common quit aids, including prescription drugs, and concluded nothing is more likely to succeed than vaping. Not only that, but it seems the so-called teenage vaping “epidemic” is being quite exaggerated. A report of over 60,000 students conducted by Action on Smoking and Health found that only between 0.1% and 0.5% of non-smoking teens are ever picking up vaporizers regularly.
We have even more evidence proving the harm reduction value e-cigarettes provide. Back in 2015, we got our first large scale report which concluded vaping is at least 95% safer than smoking. This sort of figure was huge news when it first broke, but these days we get this type of result all the time. In fact, a report published a few months back found vapor only contains about 7% of the toxicants that cigarette smoke does. However, the most compelling piece of evidence is easily the report in the Journal of Aerosol Sciences which found the excess lifetime cancer risk of a vaper is about 57,000 times lower than a demographically similar smoker.
It’s getting harder and harder to try and deny that vaping has several massive benefits to offer our society. Smoking remains the leading cause of preventable death and disease around the globe, so it’s clear we need a better solution. There may be hope yet, as these latest polls show a significant increase in the public’s understanding of vaping over the last several years. It’s likely due to the countless people who have been able to kick their smoking habit once and for all spreading the news to those around them. Only a couple years back as little as 13% of adults actually knew vaping was much safer than smoking. So while the fight is far from over, it’s important to be able to take a step back from time to time and realize how much progress we’ve already made.
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