Smokers Who Switch to Vaping Are Less Likely to Return to Smoking Study Finds

By Vape Contributor
on February 07, 2019

New Vape Study That Shows Vaping Helps Smokers Quit For Good

The second most popular New Year’s Resolution, behind only losing weight, is to stop smoking. It’s a lofty and great goal since smoking is one of the leading causes of preventable death worldwide.

As everyone knows, there are a multitude of ways to try and stop smoking. There is the most common method of going “cold turkey” or using medication prescribed by a medical doctor. In recent years more individuals have utilized e-cigarettes to curb their smoking habits.

There’s little doubt that e-cigarettes, more commonly known as “vapes”, are less harmful than conventional cigarettes. But discussions around exactly how harmful e-cigarettes could be to users and those within close proximity, are still ongoing.

Unlike research conducted into the effects of smoking tobacco, very little is understood about any long-term health effects relating to the use of e-cigarettes. This is mainly due to the fact they are a relatively new product and researchers struggle to study people who use e-cigarettes that have never smoked conventional cigarettes.

Public Health England reports that e-cigarettes are approximately 95% less harmful than conventional cigarettes. However, professor John Newton, Public Health England’s director of health improvement, says: “Our position on the figure is that it is the best available published estimate. It is a useful figure, but it is not a precise scientific estimate.”

Although e-cigarettes do not contain some of the more dangerous components of conventional cigarettes – such as tar or carbon monoxide – some potentially harmful products may be present, including certain heavy metals. The lack of regulation in the industry makes the work of researchers more difficult, as differences between brands can have an impact on any research findings.

Of a recent study, they have found that people who are randomly allocated to the e-cigarette groups are most likely not to take up smoking again and complete their stop smoking attempt, within the study course.

This supports previous work and anecdotal evidence in the field – but to make sure this is definitely the case, we are also dividing participants in each group between those who are successful and those who are not. We are assessing the reasons why the latter group didn’t complete their attempt.

It is hoped that in time, these findings will help to inform new guidelines around the use of e-cigarettes to quit smoking. Importantly, this work will also allow smokers to be given more options and be better informed, so that they can stop smoking for good.

The Great Vaping Divide: New Vape Health Findings in the United Kingdom

By Vape Contributor
on February 06, 2018

Vaping in the snow, blowing vape clouds in the trees

Public health authorities in the United States and the United Kingdom are looking at the same information on vaping, but finding two different outcomes.

Less than two weeks ago, the U.S. National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine issued a 600-page report that grudgingly admitted vaping is safer than smoking. It further went on to outline how vaping is a gateway for teens to smoking.

But the new e-cigarette report from Public Health England (PHE) says that the gateway evidence for British teens is poor, and goes on to suggest that the evidence is equally inconclusive in North America — practically trolling the American authors.

Key findings in the new PHE report include:

“Vaping poses only a small fraction of the risks of smoking and switching completely from smoking to vaping conveys substantial health benefits;

“E-cigarettes could be contributing to at least 20,000 successful new quits [in the U.K.] per year and possibly many more;

“E-cigarette use is associated with improved quit success rates over the last year and an accelerated drop in smoking rates across the country;

“Many thousands of smokers incorrectly believe that vaping is as harmful as smoking; around 40% of smokers have not even tried an e-cigarette;

“There is much public misunderstanding about nicotine. Less than 10% of adults understand that most of the harms to health from smoking are not caused by nicotine;

“The use of e-cigarettes in the UK has plateaued over the last few years at just under 3 million;

“The evidence does not support the concern that e-cigarettes are a route into smoking among young people. Youth smoking rates in the UK continue to decline. Regular use is rare and is almost entirely confined to those who have smoked.”

The authors are among the most respected smoking, nicotine, and addiction researchers in the world.

Vaper’s in the United States and United Kingdom were thrilled with this report from a major government’s health organization. However, many individuals are already challenging the report and calling certain facts into question.

With this report and previous ones by PHE vaping continues to take a front and center approach to tobacco control plans within the United Kingdom. Hopefully research and support in the United States will follow.

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