Smokers who take up vaping as a form of smoking cessation end up enjoying it.
There is continually emerging evidence showcasing the efficacy of vaping as a smoking cessation aid and reduced-harm alternative to tobacco. Every day thousands suffering from the smoking epidemic are saved from a lifetime of suffering from health complications such as COPD and lung cancer by converting to vaping.
Many former smokers initially began vaping as a way to reduce or quit smoking, but have found a deeply personal preference for the alternative. One such example of this is Casper Lavito, father of CNBC reporter Angelica LaVito, who reluctantly began using a Juul vaporizer alongside his Marlboro habit in November 2018.
Members of the vaping community and other vaping enthusiasts praise e-cigarettes for helping them reduce smoking or quit altogether. Anti-vaping activists continue to question the safety of vapor products and note the addictiveness of nicotine.
We live in a time where vapor products are at the center of public health debates regarding their efficacy as a smoking cessation aid. Stories such as LaVitos highlight a critical discussion among tobacco control experts; are users of electronic cigarettes simply substituting traditional cigarettes?
Never Smoke Again
In November of 2018, Angelica LaVito bought her father a Juul vaporizer in the hopes that he would reduce or altogether quit his nearly 35 year Marlboro habit. After a week of dual-using both vaping and smoking, Casper LaVito had given up cigarettes entirely.
Casper had initially sought to use the vaporizer to help him quit cigarettes, using it for a while before stopping that as well. He has since changed his mind, stating he will always keep his Juul handy in the event he has the urge to smoke.
“I’ll stop using it, but I will always carry one, and if I have the urge, I gotta smoke,” LaVito said, noting he prefers vaping far more than smoking. While LaVito has reduced his vaporizer use and nicotine strength of his pods, he states he will not give up the new habit just yet.
The FDA has formally taken the view that all nicotine-containing products carry varying degrees of risk. Tobacco products are the most deadly by far and carry the greatest risk, whereas heat-not-burn and vapor products are proven reduced-harm alternatives.
Vaping Over Smoking
While the safety of vapor products are still thoroughly researched, evidence continues to emerge, proving vaping’s efficacy as a smoking cessation aid and harm reduction tool. In independent studies performed by Public Health England and the Roswell Park Cancer Center, researchers found vaping to be 95% safer and 93% safer than smoking, respectively.
Studies such as these are pivotal at balancing the biased narrative surrounding vaping. Researchers from the University of Louisville found vaping to be the single most effective smoking cessation aid available, beating out traditional nicotine replacement therapies and smoking cessation devices.
Research published in the Journal of Aerosol Sciences concluded vapers have a 57,000 times lower risk of cancer compared to smokers. The study in question concluded that particulate matter produced by vapor presents a reduced risk than the larger carcinogenic particulate matter produced by combustion.
Juul Labs, makers of the LaVito’s Juul, have prioritized targeting former smokers with their reduced harm alternative to tobacco. A new social media strategy by the company has removed models from their advertising, opting instead for testimonials from former smokers, such as LaVito, about how the Juul helped them to quit smoking.
Stories such as Casper LaVito’s serve as an inspiration to the 38 million smokers in the United States, and potentially the billion worldwide still gripped by the smoking epidemic. They serve as real-world testimonials that quitting smoking isn’t impossible and that there are tools and aids out there to help you get there.
In an age of turbulent public health and political debate surrounding vaping, it’s important for stories like this and research such as the studies linked above to have an unbiased platform. Major media outlets and publications too often choose only to showcase one side of the discussion, informed and advised by anti-vaping activists.
Responsible adults should be able to make reasonable decisions with what they choose to do with their own autonomy and bodies. It’s essential to have access to a full spectrum of information to inform those decisions better.
Members of the vaping community should remain vigilant in countering misinformation to help balance the discourse surrounding vaping. It’s important to highlight and share stories like these to let the public know that there is a life-saving alternative available to help them quit tobacco.
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