New Report By Renowned Tobacco Control Expert Is Making Waves
Dr. Konstantinos Farsalinos is well known in the vaping community as a champion for common sense evidence which supports e-cigarettes
The battle over the future of vaping is ongoing in many places, but it’s finally reaching a boiling point after years of debate. As such, both sides are digging in with their perspective and evidence, ready for a fight. Critics continue to claim, without real evidence, that e-cigarettes are specifically targeting teens and luring them into a life of smoking. Supporters of the vaping industry, on the other hand, are continuing to build their case for the harm reduction and smoking cessation value of vaporizers. Luckily, renowned tobacco control expert, Dr. Konstantinos Farsalinos recently published a new report which once again improves the legitimacy of the vaping industry.
He’s become very well known over the last few years among the health and vaping communities, with a string of repeatable studies attempting to replicate misleading reports on the utility of e-cigarettes. As such, when a new paper claiming to prove vaping is extremely dangerous is published, the community looks to Dr. Farsalinos to indicate if they used a proper methodology or instead altered variables to skew their results. However, this new report instead took a look at how and why people choose to quit smoking, and how vaping impacts these choices.
The New Study
This latest report from Dr. Farsalinos was funded by the Onassis Cardiac Surgery Center in Athens, Greece, as well as the National School of Public Health. Joining Dr. Farsalinos was a few researchers from other Universities, including Dr. Georgios Siakas of the University of Macedonia and Dr. Konstantinos Poulas of the University of Patras. The team wanted to examine any association between vaping and the amount of time needed to quit smoking. To do this, they gathered over 2500 participants who were either current or former smokers. After asking each person a series of detailed questions, they began to notice some significant patterns.
The first thing that jumps out to you about their results was that a full 40% of participants who quit smoking since 2014 either still do, or did vape while actively trying to stop smoking. Other findings included that 62% of vapers are former smokers, while about 36% dual use vaporizers and cigarettes. But bolstering claims vaping doesn’t attract non-smokers was that only 0.2% of current vapers had never been a smoker. Dr. Farsalinos even referenced reports which concluded smokers who pick up vaping are about 11 times more likely to quit smoking than those who don’t.
The Power Of E-Cigarettes
Helping these latest findings further is all the evidence we have which suggests vaping is a very valuable harm reduction and smoking cessation tool. Since Public Health England first reported back in 2015 that vaping is at least 95% safer than vaping, more and more research is published which also finds e-cigarettes are dramatically safer. Even as recently as last month we got reports vapor contains approximately 93% fewer toxicants than cigarette smoke. But if that doesn’t paint a strong enough picture for you, consider studies which found the excess lifetime cancer risk of a vaper is around 57,000 times lower than a demographically similar smoker.
On top of all that harm reduction value, we also have other reports which support e-cigarettes as a viable smoking cessation tool. In fact, a report published by the University of Louisville concluded not only is vaping an effective quit aid, but it’s actually more likely to foster success than anything else we have, including prescription drugs. Finally, we now know the so-called teenage vaping “epidemic” has been hugely overblown. A study of over 60,000 students found that only between 0.1% and 0.5% of non-smoking teens are ever picking up vaporizers habitually. Dr. Farsalinos’ latest findings fall right in this range, with only 0.2% of non-smokers currently vaping.
More research like this is precisely what we need to continue building the case for vaping. Public perception remains one of the most significant problems facing the industry, with polls finding only around 13% of adults understand the value. As such, we must continue to support and spread research like this to those in our lives who may be unaware. If more smokers knew how much better their lives could be with such a simple switch, we could rid the world of smoking in no time. Until then, it’s on us to spread this information to all the smokers, and non-smokers, in our lives. Until more of the general populations understands what’s at stake, it will remain incredibly hard for vaping to ever reach its full potential.
What do you think about Dr. Farsalinos’ latest study? Are you surprised how few people understand the value of vaping? How should we be working to spread this information to those around us? 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.