Vaping Saving Smokers Amid Pandemic
Many Smokers Taking Up Vaping Given Coronavirus Concerns
The ongoing coronavirus crisis has pushed the global healthcare system to the very limits of what we thought was possible, with record numbers of COVID patients overburdening hospitals the world over. Noting this, many smokers are turning to vaping as a way to quit following concerns over complications from coronavirus disease as a way to better protect their health.
Research continues to emerge, highlighting the risks of smoking during the pandemic due to an increased risk of potential coronavirus complications. A series of recent studies have highlighted a host of possible dangers that smokers and other vulnerable groups may face.
Following this wave of research, harm reduction experts and public health scholars have cautioned the public against smoking during these trying times, even when they may want to most. As a result, many have taken up vaping as a form of proven cessation, as well as a way to quell their concerns and maintain a sense of normalcy while still looking out for their health.
Vaping provides a reduced-harm alternative to smoking, allowing smokers to mimic the act itself in a way other forms of cessation simply can’t compare to. This has led to much higher successful cessation rates than more traditional forms and methods.
The COVID-19 pandemic has led to a variety of public health concerns, including overburdening the core system itself. Following concerns of coronavirus complications, many are taking proactive steps to protect their own health and reduce their respective risk.
A series of studies have emerged, highlighting an increased risk for complications and worsened outcomes for smokers who catch COVID. For example, a study published in the New England Journal of Medicine found that smokers are 2.4 times more likely to face severe symptoms compared to non-smokers.
As a result, many are actively reducing their habit or turning to proven forms of effective cessation such as vaping to help them quit. Vaping has been established as one of the most effective smoking cessation aids available and is responsible for saving thousands of lives each year.
Some media outlets have promoted fear-mongering misinformation pushed by anti-vaping activists that attempt to conflate the established risk of smoking with vaping. This has been directly debunked by the global public health community, and even the Food and Drug Administration.
Amid the COVID-19 pandemic, we also face the ongoing global smoking epidemic, responsible for taking millions of lives each year. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention estimates that there are currently 38 million smokers in the United States alone, 16 million of whom now live with some form of smoking-related disease.
As an effective smoking cessation aid, vaping may be the single greatest asset we have in combating the deadly global smoking epidemic. A study, published in the New England Journal of Medicine, found that vaping was more effective than traditional nicotine-replacement therapies in helping people quit and remain off of tobacco.
Not only is vaping remarkably effective in aiding smoking cessation, but it is also a proven reduced harm alternative to tobacco as well. Separate studies from both Public Health England and the Roswell Park Comprehensive Cancer Center, each found that vaping is 95% and 93% safer than smoking, respectively.
In addition, research published in the Journal of Aerosol Sciences found that vapers have a staggering 57,000 times lower risk of developing cancer in their lifetimes compared to smokers. Furthermore, the researchers also found that particulate matter in vapor is smaller and less harmful than the particulate matter produced by tobacco combustion.
Smokers are facing a growing number of potential risks amid our unfolding crisis. Alongside the increased risk of complications from coronavirus, smokers also face an increased risk of transmission through the act of smoking, as well as increased risk of exposure by going out to purchase tobacco products.
Vaping offers a reduced harm alternative to smoking, giving those addicted to nicotine a means to safely and effectively reduce their habit. It is important, now more than ever, to maintain safe and open access to this proven and effective form of cessation for the benefit of public health as a whole.
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