Vaping Hysteria Stopping Smokers From Considering E-Cigarettes
New Research Confirms Public Health Experts Worst Fears
There has been massive hysteria in the media, propagated by lawmakers, against vaping in the United States. A new report demonstrates that this flow of raw misinformation may have greater implications for the world over.
In a new report from the United Kingdom, more than half of current smokers believe that vaping is just as dangerous as smoking, with these “false fears” preventing them from considering vaping as a viable alternative to help them quit smoking.
Public health experts are concerned about the more significant public health implications that come from a majority of the population continuing to smoke. They note that these beliefs surrounding vaping are not in line with scientific research and scholarly review.
Anti-vaping activists have routinely propagated myths and misinformation that have ultimately skewed the public perception against vaping. These lies and half-truths may ultimately be responsible for public health ramifications far more significant than those purporting them may have ever even considered.
Myths and Misinformation
In a report commissioned by Public Health England and carried out by King’s College London, researchers found that the belief vaping is more harmful than smoking had gained traction following a series of lung injuries in the United States. Researchers note that this belief is out of line with the current consensus surrounding vaping, and may be responsible for preventing adult smokers from considering vaping as a viable smoking cessation tool.
The report is the sixth by Public Health England on the topic and is likely to cause a further divide between public health experts and anti-vaping activists. “It is concerning to see how much the U.S. lung disease outbreak has affected smokers’ views on e-cigarettes here in the UK,” said John Newton, Director of Health Improvement at Public Health England. “Safety fears may well be deterring many smokers from switching, leaving them on a path to years of ill health and early death due to their smoking,” he stated.
The Centers for Disease Control in the United States found vitamin E acetate to be the primary cause behind a majority of outbreaks. This additive has long been banned in nicotine vapor products regulated in the United Kingdom.
The potential deterrence of smokers considering vaping to help them quit may be one of the biggest public health failures of our lifetimes. Outright myths and misinformation may be responsible for millions of cases of lung disease and cancer, all in the name of anti-vaping evangelism.
Vaping has continued to face unwarranted scrutiny despite the evidence supporting its value. Regardless of the propagation of outright myths and misinformation by anti-vaping activists, academic research surrounding vaping continues to highlight its efficacy as a smoking cessation device and reduced harm alternative to tobacco.
Vaping has not only been routinely demonstrated to not only be an effective smoking cessation aid but may be the single most effective tool currently available. As an example, research from the University of Louisville found that vaping is the most effective form of smoking cessation available, more than even prescription options.
Vaping has also been routinely demonstrated as a proven reduced-harm alternative to tobacco. Research from Public Health England and the Roswell Park Comprehensive Cancer Center found that vaping is 95% and 93% safer than smoking, respectively.
While the scientific consensus surrounding vaping remains positive, a negative spin in the media may be responsible for a growing negative public perception. In addition to the research commissioned by Public Health England, a survey conducted by Action on Smoking and Health found that only 13% of adults surveyed believe vaping is safer than smoking, with a staggering 26% believing it’s just as bad, if not worse.
The negative public health ramifications from the misinformation and myths surrounding vaping may be far more significant than those purporting them have even fathomed. Smoking continues to remain responsible for millions of deaths every single year while vaping has been directly attributed to saving and improving the lives of many potential casualties.
Misinformation surrounding vaping has been routinely demonstrated to prevent smokers from considering vaping as a viable alternative to help them quit. This disparity may be directly responsible for a number of future cases of cancer and other tobacco-related diseases.
Vapers the world over must actively combat such flagrant misinformation. The future of not only the vaping industry but millions of lives per year the world over relies on the availability of vapor products as a smoking cessation aid.
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