Polls out of Tennessee indicate that vaping is indeed mostly used for smoking cessation purposes
A poll published by the Tennessee Health Department and the CDC strongly indicates that vapers are more than three times more likely to stop smoking than someone who has never vaped. Originally presented as part of the American Public Health Associations yearly meeting, the findings are set to bolster claims of pro-vaping advocates. Former smokers often mention that vaping was one of the biggest keys to help them end their dependence, but now more and more researchers are also getting in on the question.
The Tennessee poll’s findings seem to back up the trend of peer-reviewed evidence that concludes vaping is an extremely valuable harm reduction and smoking cessation tool. So hopefully now the years of stories by vapers that claim vaping helped them when all other methods failed is finally being backed up by legitimate research.
Becoming More Clear
There have been several studies published over the last year that strongly indicate vaping possesses a massive harm reduction value. A study published by researchers at the University of California in San Diego reached several of the same conclusions as the Tennessee Health Department. The found that smokers who had tried vaping at least once were twice as likely to attempt quitting cigarettes compared with those that didn’t.
Another crucial study found that vaping is a valuable nicotine replacement therapy in its own right, able to help many smokers transition away from cigarettes. The study in question was published by a joint team of researchers from Columbia and Rutgers Universities and looked at the success and attempt rates of smokers. After collecting all of their data, the researchers concluded that over half of smokers who had chosen to vape every day were able to end their dependence on tobacco. This success rate dwarfs the best figures for other nicotine replacement therapies such as patches and gum.
Another possible reason for the success of vaping has been discussed by the British Psychological Society in recent months. They updated their policy statements to reflect their changing understanding of e-cigarettes and the value they provide. One primary reason for this shift is the idea that vaping shares many of the same psychological cues as smoking, such as placing an object in your mouth and producing a cloud. They summed up their new perspective when they said, “Smoking is a behavior influenced by a wide range of factors including nicotine addiction and psychological factors such as expectancies, beliefs, drives, motives, and impulses as well as sensory components and aspects of the behavior itself.”
The Wider Impact
Despite the growing mountain of evidence indicating the extreme harm reduction and smoking cessation value of vaping, many in the general public are still completely unaware of the facts. While it is true that it’ll be a while before we can say anything with 100% accuracy, the amount of peer-reviewed and independent research we have on vaping strongly indicates that it’s the hands-down choice over cigarettes. Sadly, polls by Action on Smoking and Health show that only around 13% of adults understand that vaping is at least 95% safer than smoking, while twice that number thinks vapes are just as, if not more dangerous than tobacco. This is clearly something that must change in order to utilize vaping to its full potential.
However, an often overlooked, be equally dire, issue with the public perception of vaping is the impact it has on Big Tobacco. After all, by making vaping a less viable alternative, either through misinformation, bans, or taxes, only ultimately helps Big Tobacco. When vapers are no longer willing or able to get their favorite devices and flavors, there’s a much-increased chance they slide back into a life of cigarette smoking.
Understanding the way in which vaping effects the general public is essential. It’s equally important to support the best tools we have in the fight against tobacco. Which is why it’s so great to see more research that disputes claims from anti-vapers that the majority of vapers are not former smokers. Fighting the misinformation is paramount in the fight for securing vaping rights because we must first understand the facts to affect the right change.
With more studies like this that indicate just how useful vaping is, we can hopefully convince our legislators to stop casting aspersions on what is likely the most important medical device in a generation. After all, smoking is still the leading cause of preventable death and disease around the world, so if we truly want to end this epidemic once and for all, we must support vaping for its harm reduction and smoking cessation value.
Was vaping the key to helping you finally quit smoking? Do you agree that poor public perception is making things much harder for vapers? How important is it that we work together to improve the public understanding of vaping? Let us know what you think in the comments, and don’t forget to check back here or join our Facebook and Twitter communities for more news and articles.