Despite a dropping number of vapers, research once again concludes e-cigarettes are the most popular device for getting off cigarettes.
Tobacco use continues to be the leading cause of preventable death and disease around the globe. As such, we are in desperate need of new and effective tools for ending dependence on tobacco once and for all. In many places, the smoking rate has been on the decline for a few decades now, with fewer and fewer people falling into the trap of lifelong smoking. One of the most popular ways to help people off tobacco is what is known as Nicotine Replacement Therapies, such as nicotine patches or even prescription drugs. These tools are meant to help ease the pain of withdrawal by providing the nicotine craved by the body without most of the dangerous substances found in tobacco smoke.
Vaping has quickly grown into one of the most popular of all Nicotine Replacement Therapies, with people reporting incredible results. In fact, we have research which strongly suggests not only is vaping a powerful harm reduction tool, but also an astonishing smoking cessation tool. A study published in the American Journal Of Epidemiology concluded vaping has become the single most popular quit aid thanks to some key factors.
Vaping For Smoking Cessation
The team was led by Dr. Tarik Benmarhina along with a group of researchers from the University of San Diego. They wanted to gain a deeper understanding of how e-cigarettes affect quit attempts, as well as longevity of said attempt. To do so, they used data from the FDA PATH study, to produce their results. In particular, they wanted to determine if vaping was helping foster “persistent abstinence” which they defined as staying away from cigarettes for at least 30 days.
The results of the study were clear. Around 75% of those tracked were daily smokers, with a vast majority preferring e-cigarettes to other tools such as prescription drugs. One of the primary reasons they isolated as to why vaping is so effective is the similarities between the two. While vaping and smoking are actually entirely different processes, they do appear similar visually which some experts believe significantly increases the satisfaction your brain feels when you vape. They even went as far as to say vaping could play an even more prominent role to play in helping people quit smoking than it currently does if it’s properly utilized.
Evidence For Vaping
This latest report adds to the growing pile of peer-reviewed evidence we have to support vaping. In fact, we’ve known since 2015 that vaping is at least 95% safer than smoking thanks to a report by Public Health England. That report made massive waves at the time, but these days we get that sort of result fairly often. Just a few months back we got yet another report which concluded the toxicants in cigarette smoke are about 93% higher than in e-liquid vapor. But to truly understand the level of harm reduction provided by vaporizers, consider the report from the Journal of Aerosol Sciences which concluded the excess lifetime cancer risk of a smoker is about 57,000 times higher than a demographically similar vaper.
As if these results didn’t paint a clear enough picture, we also have reports which strongly conclude vaping isn’t putting teens into harm’s way. A report of over 60,000 students found only between 0.1% and 0.5% of non-smoking teens are ever picking up a vaporizer more than once or twice. Finally, we also have other reports which also indicate vaping is an extremely useful smoking cessation tool. A report published out of the University of Louisville tested all the most common smoking cessation tools and methods before concluding it was actually vaping which is the most likely to be successful.
Looking around academia and it’s becoming more and more agreed upon that vaping is not only much safer than smoking, but it’s also one of the best quit aids we currently have at our disposal. At the same time, the FDA and others continue their misguided crusade against the vaping industry. The next massive change could alter the face of vaping in America forever if the proposed e-liquid flavor ban ever becomes law. That’s why it’s so crucial for us to continue to fight to spread positive information about vaping to the smokers in our lives. The more people who understand what they stand to gain from making the switch, the harder it will become for legislators to swoop in and regulate the industry to death.
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