New Study Discovers Something Important About Parents Who Vape
Latest evidence shows once again those who are using e-cigarettes are much more likely to quit smoking.
Smoking cigarettes remain the leading cause of preventable death and disease around the world. That’s not to say we haven’t made plenty of progress over the last several decades, but we’re still in dire need of new and effective smoking cessation tools. Modern vaporizers have only been on the scene for a little over ten years now, but they’ve quickly grown into one of the most popular quit aids available. So while the research isn’t complete yet, we do have a growing pile of peer-reviewed evidence which strongly suggests vaping is an invaluable tool in the continued fight against tobacco.
In fact, a new report indicates that parents who vape are much more likely to attempt quitting than parents who only smoke. The report itself is mired with mixed results and reactions, with the authors seemingly more focused on the potential harm of vaping, instead of praising the harm reduction provided across the board. Regardless, this new report has made waves on both sides of the debate. Only time will tell if this latest report helps or further undermines the vaping industry. But many experts are optimistic the positive far outweighs the negative in this case.
The Latest Research
This new report was conducted by researchers at MassGeneral Hospital for Children. Led by Dr. Emara Nabi-Burza, the team wanted to gain a deeper understanding of how and why parents are picking up vaporizers at increased levels. As mentioned the overall tone of the report is relatively negative in regards to vaping, but their results tell a different story. While the authors made a point to discuss the ongoing research into vaping, what they provided themselves seems to make a strong case for e-cigarettes by itself. The team asked over 700 parents who currently smoke cigarettes several questions about their relationship with vaping. They concluded around 11% of smoking parents currently use an e-cigarette. They also determined these individuals were more likely to be planning on quitting within the next year, as well as having attempted to stop in the past.
The researchers also determined these individuals were much more likely to have tried an alternative nicotine replacement therapy in the past to no avail. Some have suggested this further shows the value of e-cigarettes to provide a satisfying alternative to continued smoking. Regardless of these findings, the researchers remained relatively skeptical about the role vaping has to play in the continued fight against tobacco. It seems that once again vaping is falling victim to very poor public perception, with some polls finding only around 13% of adults even understand how much safer vaping is than smoking. Even worse, the same poll found twice as many adults believe vaping is just as, if not more dangerous than smoking.
Taking a look at the outside research we have on vaping, and this latest report falls into context. For starters, we’ve known going back as far as 2015 that vaping is at least 95% safer than smoking thanks to a large scale report by Public Health England. That report was the first of its kind, but these days we get similar reports reasonably often. In fact, just a couple of months back we got a study which found the toxicants in e-liquid vapor are about 93% higher than in tobacco smoke. But the true level of harm reduction provided by vaping is most apparent when you consider the report from the Journal of Aerosol Sciences which concluded the excess lifetime cancer risk of a smoker is about 57,000 times higher than a demographically similar vaper.
But it’s not just harm reduction that e-cigarettes provide. We also have a solid amount of research backing the smoking cessation value of vaporizers. A study conducted by researchers at the University of Louisville wanted to test all the most common smoking cessation aids and methods to determine the most likely to succeed. After testing everything from cold turkey through prescription drugs, the team decided it was actually vaping that is most likely to work. However, for many people, the biggest issue with vaping is the potential impact it could have on our youth. The argument goes that acceptance of vaping for harm reduction reasons will ultimately lead to a new generation of smokers. Luckily a report of over 60,000 students concluded only between 0.1% and 0.5% of non-smoking teens are ever picking up a vape more than once or twice. This means even fewer could possibly be ending up full-blown smokers due to vaping.
Smoking is still just about the worst thing you can do for your long term health. So while vaping may not be 100% harmless, it does provide a much safer alternative that’s still quite satisfying. Studies like these show the real value of vaporizers, as a means of getting the most stubborn smokers off tobacco once and for all. If we genuinely want to end the smoking epidemic once and for all, we simply must work together to support the value of vaping, instead of undermining it like we have.
Do you think these latest results are favorable for the vaping industry? What’s the most crucial part about vaping to you? How can we teach others about the benefits of vaping? 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.