New Study Makes A Massive Discovery About The Smoking Cessation Value Of Vaping
Years after there controversial report which slammed vaping, the New England Journal of Medicine recently published a report concluded e-cigarettes are an invaluable quit aid
It’s incredible the things that have changed for the vaping industry over the last couple of years, and the things that have stayed just the same. One of the most common problems facing the vaping industry is the lack of understanding among the general public to the harm reduction and smoking cessation value they offer. At first, it was forgivable for so many to not know, but with the massive pile of evidence we now have, it’s a shame so many public health institutions still undermine the value of vaping. Regardless, another former enemy of vaping, the New England Journal of Medicine, recently published a new report which concluded e-cigarettes are better at helping smokers quit than traditional aids such as patches and gum.
Unfortunately, it doesn’t seem this latest report will be quite enough to quell concerns, as many still firmly believe e-cigarettes have nothing to offer public health. Those in support of vaping are doing everything they can by asking for proof informing the bombastic claims and showing their own peer-reviewed evidence. The battle is far from over, but it’s slowly being won out as reputable journals publish new reports.
The NEJM Report
The new study was conducted by Dr. Peter Hajek and his team from Queen Mary University of London. The researchers wanted to gain a deeper understanding of how different types of smoking cessation tools are affecting people differently, especially in comparison with vaping. They claim this is the first randomized trial to be testing modern vaporizers against things like nicotine patches and gum. Both groups of participants were given supplemental behavioral support to help foster successful quit attempts. Once everything was collected, it didn’t take long to note some interesting patterns. Most importantly they concluded after a full year 18% the vaping group had stayed away from cigarettes, while less than 10% of the traditional nicotine replacement therapy group stayed quit.
It wasn’t all good news for vaping though, as it seems some of those working at the NEJM still have unsettled feelings about vaping. Included in the same edition as this new report is two editorials which aim to reign in the excitement growing around vaping. The first one revolved around the idea vaping should only be used when other smoking cessation tools have proven unsuccessful, but the second editorial took things a whole lot further. Written by editor in chief of the NEJM, Jeffrey Drazen, it called on the FDA to step in immediately and ban all e-liquid flavors. What’s worse, it was under Drazen the NEJM published the infamous report on vaping which was deemed poorly designed and significantly biased but nonetheless set trust in the industry back several years.
The Wider Research
While this new report adds another piece to the puzzle, it’s far from the only evidence we have supporting the harm reduction and smoking cessation value of vaping. Other reports have found similar results, including a study from the University of Louisville which concluded vaping is a more effective quit aid than anything else, including prescription drugs. Many parents and legislators remain worried acceptance of vaping will ultimately lead to more non-smoking teens picking up vaping and eventually switching to a life of smoking. Luckily, studies find these worries are pretty far off. In fact, a report of over 60,000 students found only between 0.1% and 0.5% of non-smoking teens are ever picking up a vaporizer full time, let alone eventually opting for cigarettes.
The evidence for the harm reduction value of vaping is even more astounding. Back in 2015 we first found out that e-cigarettes are at least 95% safer than smoking thanks to a massive report published by England’s public health agency, PHE. But it wasn’t a once off find. In fact, as recently as a few months back, another team of researchers concluded e-liquid vapor contains about 93% fewer toxicants than cigarette smoke. But the cherry on top is the report published in the Journal of Aerosol Sciences that took a look at the cancer risk each habit exposes you too. Incredibly, they concluded compared with a demographically similar smoker, vapers have about a 57,000 times lower chance of developing cancer.
With smoking still killing more people every year than any other preventable cause, our legislators should be doing everything they can to support effective smoking cessation and harm reduction tools. Instead, it’s much more common for people to question if vaping is doing more harm than good, with our government happy to harshly tax them. If we really want to end the tobacco epidemic once and for all, we must utilize all our best tools, which includes vaping. New reports like the NEJM study are vital, but they’re not the only thing we need. It’s incredibly important we spread this positive information to the smokers in our lives who may not be aware of what e-cigarettes have to offer.
Are you excited about the new report’s findings? Do you think it’s fair how much flack the vaping industry gets? How should we be working to spread positive information like this 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.