Vaping Helps More Than 50,000 Smokers Quit Annually
New research notes vaping’s efficacy as a smoking cessation device
There has been a recent backlash against vaping in the United States as media outlets misattribute illnesses to e-cigarettes, despite extensive evidence finding illicit cannabis cartridges at fault. Regardless of the misinformed hysteria that has ensued from this fear-mongering, evidence continues to emerge, noting the remarkable efficacy of vaping as a smoking cessation aid.
A study published in the journal Addiction found that vaping helped between 50,000 to 70,000 British smokers quit in 2017 alone. Their research also saw the success rates for smoking cessation increased sharply from 2011 onward, as vaping began to rise in prominence and popularity.
This falls in line with existing research noting the effectiveness of using vaping as a smoking cessation tool, as well as research that finds significant correlations between increased vaping use among smokers and increased smoking cessation rates. Researchers note that while we don’t fully understand the long-term impact of regular e-cigarette use, current research shows that vaping is less harmful than smoking and can effectively help people quit.
This research has come at a vital moment for vaping at large, as the United States faces a federal ban on all flavored vapor products, and at least one state has banned vaping completely. It is important for research such as this to get adequate press coverage as a contrast to the misinformed hysteria about vaping currently flooding our news cycles.
Smoking Cessation Tool
A new study published in the journal Addiction notes the remarkable efficacy of using vaping as a smoking cessation tool. The study, led by researchers from UCL and funded by Cancer Research UK, found that as smokers began using vaping to help them quit, smoking cessation rates increased.
The survey polled data from the Smoking Toolkit Study, monthly cross-sectional household surveys of people aged 16 and over in England going back as far as 2006. The figures given were based on approximately 1,200 past-year smokers per quarter, spanning between 2006 and 2017.
Researchers noted their study expands on existing data highlighting the efficacy of vaping as a smoking cessation tool. “This study builds on population surveys and clinical trials that find e-cigarettes can help smokers to stop. England seems to have found a sensible balance between regulation and promotion of e-cigarettes,” says Dr. Emma Beard, Lead Author and Senior Research Associate at UCL.
The regulatory climate tends to be more favorable in the UK than the US, although marketing is tightly controlled, and there are caps on nicotine levels, unlike the United States. The United Kingdom, which hasn’t seen any outbreaks misattributed to vaping, has wholly embraced vaping to aid in smoking cessation.
Facts About Vaping
As mentioned, the UK government has endorsed vaping as an invaluable resource in helping people quit smoking. Public Health England has routinely stood by its findings that vaping is 95% less harmful than smoking, and notes that there is no evidence vaping has served as a gateway to smoking among UK teens.
This new study adds to an expansive collection of peer-reviewed academic research noting the efficacy of vaping in smoking cessation. Research from the University of Louisville found vaping to be the most effective smoking cessation option available, more than nicotine replacement therapies, or even prescription medications such as Chantix.
As the findings from Public Health England note, vaping is a reduced-harm alternative to tobacco that is much safer by comparison. Research published in the Journal of Aerosol Sciences found that vapers have a 57,000 times lower risk of developing cancer in their lifetimes compared to smokers.
Despite this vital research highlighting the promise of vaping, research shows the public at large tends to be misinformed about the risks and benefits of vaping. Data from Action on Smoking and Health found that as little as 13% of adults surveyed believe that vaping is safer than smoking, with a disappointing 26% believing that it’s just as bad, if not worse.
Press coverage regarding this groundbreaking research is a breath of fresh air despite recent reporting from media outlets. A wave of news cycles has repeatedly attempted to demonize vaping through flagrant lies and misinformed hysteria, despite the tremendous potential public health benefits vaping offers.
Given adequate press coverage and discussion, research such as this can help steer public perception about vaping from its current negative position. Academic studies showing the benefits that vaping can offer adult smokers looking to quit help encourage positive discourse and further research.
Members of the vaping community should actively share research like this as it emerges, as well as their own stories about how vaping allowed them to quit smoking. It is imperative for vapers to stand together and proudly against overreaching regulation and misinformed hysteria.
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