It’s a rare day when we see a major health authority stand behind the vaping movement and publicly give support to electronic cigarettes. That’s exactly what happened this week when Quebec’s Heath Minister Gaetan Barrette did an interview with CBC Daybreak. He gave a frank and authoritative look at the importance of ecigs and told the media that vaping is not only important, but it is essential for the smoking cessation movement.
“To tell you the truth, I never smoked one cigarette in my life. But what I see on the clinical side, if you let me put on my doctor’s hat today, is that it really, really works,” Barrette said. “If you speak with doctors in that field, it’s what we can call a breakthrough.”
Barrette went on to explain that electronic cigarettes fill a major void in the smoking cessation marketplace. While most smoking aides only address nicotine withdrawals, the ecig actually deals with the behavioral component of giving up cigarettes and that is what makes it so successful in a real world situation. By giving a smoker the opportunity to continue the actual experience of smoking while eliminating tar and tobacco, it makes it possible to seamlessly transition to a tobacco free lifestyle.
“Reproducing the habit – the feel, the behavior that goes with it – in a manner that you reduce your nicotine dosages over time – it works,” he said. “And many, many people at the end of the process keep vaping with stuff that has no nicotine.”
Ultimately, the Health Minister said regulations must be balanced. While we need some regulations to keep ecigs out of the hands of children and teens, our ultimate goal is to make them easily available to adult smokers for the purposes of smoking cessation. Do you think health professionals are finally waking up to the benefits of vaping? Will we see more stories like this one in the future?