New Harvard Study Proves This Incredible Benefit Of Vaping
A collaborative study between researchers at Harvard University and the Massachusetts General Hospital once again proved the smoking cessation value of e-cigarettes.
2019 has been a divisive year for the vaping industry, with several massive battles going on at the same time. Between the FDA’s push to ban flavors, and lawsuits aiming to move the PMTA up, vapers are always in need of good news.
Luckily, a new report out of Harvard University is reaffirming a long-held belief among vapers, that e-cigarettes are an invaluable tool in the fight against tobacco. The study was conducted alongside doctors at the Massachusetts General Hospital, one of the most well-respected institutions in the country.
While the new report hasn’t gained much traction yet, vaping advocates are optimistic this latest research will help prove once and for all that vaping is one of the single best tools we have to end tobacco dependence. Meanwhile, anti-vapers have been dismissive of the new results, still choosing to focus on the so-called teenage vaping “epidemic.”
It’s unclear what the broader impact of the new study will be, but many experts are hopeful the tide is beginning to turn, at least in regards to the smoking cessation value of vaping. So while we may be a ways from where we need to be, it’s always good to get more solid research backing e-cigarettes.
As mentioned, the new study was a collaborative effort between researchers at Harvard University and the Massachusetts General Hospital. The team looked at over 8,000 people who had been regular smokers, asking them a range of questions about their history and habits.
The data in question came from the first three years of the FDA’s Population Assessment of Tobacco and Health (PATH) study, checking in on the participants up to two years after the start. Impressively, the researchers concluded those who vaped on a regular basis were around 77% more likely to have successfully quit smoking, as well as remained quit, than those who hadn’t vaped, or even those who only vaped occasionally.
In fact, the team found that those who only vaped on a semi-regular basis didn’t quit smoking any more often than those who never vaped after the full two years. They believed their results support the phenomenon of “accidental quitting” where smokers have been known to stop smoking altogether without even setting out to do so.
According to the lead researcher, Dr. Sara Kalkhoran, “This finding suggests that smokers who use e-cigarettes to quit smoking need to use them regularly—every day—for these products to be most helpful.” This report is just the latest, which strongly suggests e-cigarettes should be supported, not vilified by our public health experts.
Evidence For Vaping
This isn’t the first study to prove vaping is an incredible smoking cessation tool. For example, a report out of the University of Louisville tested all the most common smoking cessation tools on the market to determine which was the most likely to succeed. After testing everything from cold turkey through prescription drugs, the researchers concluded vaping was the single most likely to lead to a successful quit attempt.
Outside of the smoking cessation value, we have a ton of evidence proving the harm reduction value of e-cigarettes. Going back to 2015 we got a report by Public Health England which concluded vaping is at least 95% safer than continued smoking. This report made huge waves at the time, but similar reports have come frequently since. Just at the end of last year, researchers out of Roswell Park concluded vaping has 93% fewer toxicants than cigarette smoke.
But even more impressively than these reports, a study from the Journal of Aerosol sciences found the excess lifetime cancer risk of a vaper is about 57,000 times lower than a demographically similar smoker.
We are always in need of more research proving the efficacy of vaping as a harm reduction and smoking cessation tool. Despite all the negative press, the tide is still turning in favor of e-cigarettes as more research is published.
If we don’t work to support this information now, we could soon wake up in a world where the vaping industry is nothing like it used to be. Given how incredible the independent vaping industry is, that would be an utter shame.
So the only thing we can do is work together to support the positive information surround vaping. Together we can teach enough people why vaping and smoking are so different and need to be treated as such.
What do you think about these standards? Do you believe it is right to hold vaping and smoking to the same standards? What’s the best way we can fight back against misguided information? 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.
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