Vaping Could Save Lives Per Expert

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As the long battle to get vaping recognized as a safe alternative to smoking continues, one expert has come forth to explain why vaping could save lives.

In a Wall Street Journal article posted earlier this week, Professor Jed E. Rose laid out how vaping reduces and could potentially eliminate smoking altogether. And as a professor of psychiatry and behavioral sciences at Duke University, as well as the director of the Duke Center for Smoking Cessation, he’s in a position to know.

The one thing that Rose is quick to point out is that the long-term effects of vaping have yet to be fully investigated, as it will take at least five to ten years of research to fully understand how vaping will affect the human body. However, there is a need right now to accept all forms of smoking cessation alternatives, even if they are relatively new.

Rose also points out that the U.S. Surgeon General and other medical experts have linked smoking-related diseases, such as lung cancer and emphysema, to the combustion products present in the smoke and not to nicotine, which is present in both conventional cigarettes and vaping products.

While nicotine is an addictive substance, it is not the underlying cause, or even a contributing cause, of smoking-related diseases. Because of this, nicotine-based cessation tools, such as vaping, have been one of the most effective ways of getting smokers to quit.

For comparison, think of the statistics of smokers who try to quit on their own. These smokers have less than a 5 percent chance of long-term success and only a ten percent chance with the help of a medical provider.

Because vaping products only contain nicotine and none of the harmful carcinogens that are found in conventional cigarettes, this makes vaping one of the easiest ways to quit. Since smokers can control their nicotine dosage, as well as continue the habitual behaviors of smoking, it makes lowering their nicotine intake over time — reducing any withdrawal symptoms — easier to manage.

Vaping as a cessation tool for quitting smoking has been acknowledged by various organizations who do credible research, such as the U.K. Center for Tobacco and Alcohol Studies and the University of Geneva’s Institute of Social and Preventive Medicine. Even the British government’s authority that regulates drugs has approved vaping products as a way to quit smoking.

Exaggerated studies have blinded many to the truth that vaping can save lives. Rose explains this by highlighting several troubling research reports — such as the one that claims vaping products produce toxic levels of formaldehyde — which we have already debunked on this site.

But the standard of a proper scientific method for showing the effectiveness of a product has always been the randomized clinical trial, and two such trials as of this writing have proven the efficacy of vaping for smokers who are trying to quit.

With a billion deaths attributed to smoking estimated by the World Health Organization, it is time for the public and the government to listen to experts like Dr. Rose. Vaping is not harming smokers — it’s saving lives.

Jimmy, lover, blogger, vaper and ex-smoker. I’ve been blogging about and supporting Vaping since 2009. They changed my life and I think history will show them as one of the most significant public health invention of the 21st century.

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3 Responses

  1. StormFinch says:

    And while we’re at it, can we also get rid of the “nicotine is addictive” myth? Whether the scientific community wants to admit it or not, research has consistently proven that it’s not the nicotine that is addictive, but instead the actual act of smoking combined with expectation. This is borne out by the fact that non-nicotinized tobacco works just as well as regular tobacco to satisfy the craving to smoke, and that ex-smokers put on a steady dose of nicotine via transdermal patch do not afterwards gain the need to start smoking again. For more, see the article entitled “If the data contradict the theory, throw out the data: Nicotine addiction in the 2010 report of the Surgeon General” by Hanan Frenk and Reuven Dar.

  2. castello2 says:

    Nicely written!

  3. Dave Chase says:

    One Major Flaw to point out here! “While nicotine is an addictive substance, it is not the underlying cause,” First of all NO MAJOR RESEARCH STUDY has even been conducted to establish any addictive properties to be found in nicotine! That was a Big Pharma rouse to cash in on the opening created when 7 CEOs for major Big T corporations were called out before the 1994 Senate Oversight Committee for covering over the actual risks involved with smoking and how these companies had soaked tobacco leaves in chemical stews in order to find ways to make smoking in general more addictive!

    Facts are that nicotine is nothing more then a commonly found element in Nightshade variety vegetables like tomatoes, potatoes, green peppers, paprika, etc. and has been found to be help in treating Parkinson’s Disease, Alzheimer’s Disease, and as a help for other types of memory loss. None the less the rest of this blog is very timely and coincides nicely with the fact that a new documentary film this summer will educate the viewing public about all the lies told over the years and how vaping can actually be a part of the solution to save nearly One Billion lives in this century from smoking related diseases. The new film will go by a similar title.

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