The recently published report indicates that nearly half of people are able to quit smoking after just three months of vaping.
The debate over the value of vaping has been ongoing for over ten years now. It seems like no matter where you turn there are legislators currently locked in a battle over how to proceed with regulations for e-cigarettes. It’s become very common for lawmakers to place harsh taxes or bans on vaping in an effort to curb what they see as a growing scourge. Meanwhile, the academic community continues to produce peer-reviewed research which tells a very different story about vaping. In fact, a brand new study concluded nearly half of all vapers entirely quit smoking in as little as three months.
This latest piece of evidence only adds fuel to the fire, with both sides becoming increasingly dug-in. Those against e-cigarettes worry about the long term health effects, as well as what sort of impact they’re having on teens, while proponents point to the growing pile of evidence. One thing is for sure, the more research we have, the easier it is to see the whole picture. So while the fight is far from over, more evidence proving the smoking cessation value of vaping is always a positive thing.
The new report, published this month in the Harm Reduction Journal, was actually funded by none-other than Juul Labs. While many are skeptical of any evidence supported by a company like Juul Labs, the fact is these results fall right in line with other independent reports. However, it is important to be aware of where the research you’re looking at came from, especially in cases like this. The team studied over 15,000 adult smokers before reaching a few compelling conclusions about vaping. For starters, they found over 25% of smokers were able to quit after just one month of using an e-cigarette. But more impressively, that number jumped to nearly 50% after another couple of months.
Making everything all the more chaotic for the vaping industry right now is the impending resignation of FDA Commissioner Dr. Scott Gottlieb. Earlier this year he announced he’d be stepping down from his post to focus on family, leaving the vaping industry in flux. While Interim Chief, Ned Sharpless, has said he’s going to further the crackdown on vaping, most experts believe he’s only holding the position until President Trump finds a suitable replacement. Many are worried about who the next chief will be and if they will make things worse or better for vapers. So much, in fact, advocates are pointing to self-enforced marketing changes by Juul Labs as a clear indication the main focus of most vaping companies is helping adult smokers quit smoking once and for all.
Evidence For Vaping
These latest results come as no surprise to those who are familiar with the evidence supporting vaping. A report conducted by researchers at the University of Louisville concluded that not only is vaping an effective smoking cessation tool. But it’s actually more likely to succeed than anything else, including prescription drugs. We also have solid reason to believe vaping isn’t posing a severe threat to non-smoking teens. A study of over 60,000 students concluded only between 0.1% and 0.5% of non-smoking teens are ever picking up a vaporizer regularly, let alone making the switch to combustible cigarettes.
The evidence for the harm reduction value of vaping is even stronger. Public Health England first reported back in 2015 that vaping is at least 95% safer than continued smoking, which made huge waves at the time. Since then we’ve gotten a lot more evidence proving the same, including a report published at the end of last year which showed cigarette smoke has about 93% more toxicants than e-liquid vapor. But to truly understand what’s going on, and what’s at stake, you have to hear about the study published in the Journal of Aerosol Sciences which concluded vapers have a 57,000 times lower chance of developing cancer than a smoker from a similar background.
This is another excellent piece of evidence which proves vaping has a ton to offer society as a whole. Ending the smoking epidemic is one of the most important things we can do for the overall health of our society. Even after all the progress we’ve made over the last 40 years, smoking is still the leading cause of preventable death and disease around the world. But it’s not all bad news. It does seem that more of the public is aware of what e-cigarettes have to offer as the same report found nearly 50% of people believe vaping is much safer than smoking. This is even more impressive when you realize as recently as a few years back as little as 13% of adults understood what vaping has to offer. It’s clear that we must do everything we can to support the smoking cessation and harm reduction value of vaping.
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