Study confirms the viability of e-cigarettes for smoking cessation for individuals, as well as on a broad scale.
It can be easy to forget, but the vaping industry has only really been around for a little more than ten years at this point. Especially with all the advancements in technology, it’s essential we remember that the research is still coming in about vaping. Unfortunately, far too many legislators have chosen to vilify vaping, spreading misinformation which aims to equate the two vastly different things. Luckily for vaping, there’s a growing pile of peer-reviewed research which is starting to win the battle.
In fact, a recent report once again showed e-cigarettes are potent smoking cessation tools. Vaping supporters felt vindicated by the news, having said for years e-cigarettes were a primary key in their ability to quit smoking. At the same time, those against vaping still discredit vaping as merely an alternative form of tobacco, aimed at little more than attracting teens into nicotine addiction. Regardless, research like this is always helpful in shifting the momentum in favor of vaping.
The study was conducted by a team from Newcastle University led by Dr. Richard Holliday. Researchers wanted to assess the viability of using e-cigarettes for smoking cessation, particularly within a dental setting. With smokers having an increased risk of several serious oral diseases, there has been a shift toward e-cigarettes, and the team wanted to determine if this is the right course of action. They conducted a feasibility study over 22 months using smokers who weren’t currently vaping and had regular dental work. Their trial used two-armed, parallel groups, which were individually randomised. The control group was given the same brief smoking cessation advice as the test group, but they weren’t given the starter kit and training.
After the 22 month trial, researchers began to notice some exciting patterns. The e-cigarettes were well received by participants with around 90% still using them at the end of the test. Interestingly, 20% of the control group had tried an e-cigarette at some point, despite being told not too. Most importantly, the e-cigarette group was found to be three times as likely to quit successfully than the control group. The researchers checked in with participants six months after the trial ended and found only 5% of the control group had stopped smoking, while it was 15% of the e-cigarette group.
Adding To The Pile
This new report fits right in with what we already know about vaping. Researchers at the University of Louisville wanted to determine the most effective smoking cessation tools, so they tested all the most common methods and devices. After collecting their data, the team concluded that not only is vaping an effective smoking cessation tool, but it’s more likely to work than anything else, including prescription drugs. Some are more worried about the impact of vaping on teens than the benefits they provide adults. Fortunately, we have some substantial evidence these worries are overblown. A report of over 60,000 teens by Action on Smoking and Health concluded only between 0.1% and 0.5% of non-smoking teens are ever picking up a vaporizer more than once or twice. Despite this, these kids are included in the scary figures you hear about the teenage vaping “epidemic”
Looking into the harm reduction value of vaping, and the case is even stronger. Going back to 2015, we have a massive report by Public Health England, which concluded vaping is at least 95% safer than continued smoking. That report was one of the first, but it certainly wasn’t the last. Even just a few months back we got a report from Roswell Park which concluded the dangerous substances in smoke are 93% higher than in e-liquid vapor. However, nothing quite proves the value of vaporizers like the report which found the excess lifetime cancer risk of a smoker is about 57,000 times higher than a demographically similar vaper.
New research on vaping is always great because it helps proves how different vaping and smoking are. No one says vaping is 100% harmless, but if the alternative is continued smoking, the choice should be clear. Vaping has been shown time and time again to be much better than smoking, yet our legislators choose to equate them every chance they get. That’s why we must support and spread research like this to those in our lives who need to hear it. It’s up to us to protect our vaping rights, and teaching others is a great way to start.
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