A study from a few years back concluded vaping fosters a 96% reduction in health problems. But why is it only becoming widespread now?
A critical vaping report was first published back in 2016 to very little media coverage. But as more people get invested in the vaping debate, these significant results are finally making the impact they should have when it was first published. Dr. Robert L. Cranfield set out to study the long-term effects of switching to vaping to see what sort of health effects occurred. The team was also interested in understanding how different demographics dealt with the new e-cigarette technology. The report stated that over 500,000 people die every year due to smoking or second-hand smoke related conditions.
The researchers calculated how these early deaths impact many different aspects of society. For instance, they determined that if all smokers switched to vaping, an estimated $300 billion would be saved in terms of lived years and productivity. But likely the most critical finding of the multi-year report is that a full 96% of participants felt their overall health had improved significantly since making the switch. Unfortunately, when it was first published it failed to make any noise in the mainstream media. But thanks to the growing importance of long-term vaping research, this report has been recirculating over the last several months.
To gather their data, the researchers developed a survey that consisted of two separate pieces. The first was your standard health assessment, while the second was focused on demographic data. The survey was made available to the public in vape shops, as well as through several social media platforms for a full six months back in 2015. Unsurprisingly, an overwhelming majority of the responses came from the online survey, totaling 527 online and 46 in-store.
The team then broke the responses into three distinct and relevant groups. First was vapers who didn’t feel smoking had hurt their health before switching, second was vapers who had switched from smoking at least three years prior, and last was vapers who had never been smokers. The primary concern of the researchers was determining how individuals felt about their health problems, and how they felt the switch to vaping had affected them. One way of deciding this was asking participants to rate how they feel their overall health is on a scale of 1-10.
After analyzing the almost 600 submissions, the team noted some exciting patterns. Likely the most telling of any of these results was that among the 108 individuals that had been vaping for at least three years, 96% felt that there was a significant reduction in the severity of their condition. For those thinking about making the switch, but are worried about what could happen in the long-term, these results indicate that good things follow stopping your cigarette smoking. Related to these findings was that nearly all respondents reported the total recovery from at least one health condition. For most people, this meant their shortness of breath or a cough had subsided, but for some these cured ailments included respiratory infections, both types of bronchitis, or hypertension.
But while these findings indicate that vaping is much safer than smoking, further results from the survey indicate more subtle differences that may play a role. For example, in the group of 136 people who felt tobacco didn’t impact their health before making the switch, only one reported developing any ailments after switching. What’s more, not even a single member of the never-smoking group reported developing any illnesses after starting to vape. Looking at the overall health scores tells the same story. The average rating reported while still smoking doesn’t even break a four out of ten, coming in at 3.93. But after switching the same participants averaged 8.27 out of ten. Bolstering these findings is the fact that the trends stayed consistent regardless of which group was looked at.
While this study has some significant findings to report, the team decidedly felt that much more research is still needed. The final conclusion of the report is that more focus should be placed on understanding the fundamental differences between vaping and smoking. After all, tobacco is still the leading cause of preventable death and disease around the world. So it’s clear that we should work to know everything we can about something that could prove to be such a game changer.
Unfortunately, it took nearly two full years before these crucial results had a broad audience. Back when it was first published, the vaping debate hadn’t heated up enough to warrant major media coverage. Not to mention the fact that real research always has a much harder time being spread than misleading or poorly designed research that “indicates” vaping is dangerous. We know thanks to trusted institutions such as Public Health England that vaping is at least 95% safer than smoking. So given all that we know about the dangers of smoking, it’s clear that we should be doing everything we can to support it, not undermine it by burying positive research.
What took so long for this study to become widespread in your opinion? What sort of health changes have you noticed since making the switch? What was the most interesting part of the study’s findings? 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.