Study Suggest Vaping is 95% Less Harmful than Smoking
A new evidence review that was recently released from Public Health England (PHE), suggests that electronic cigarettes (e-cigarettes) may soon be used as a valuable tool in the fight to stop smoking. This review, performed independently by PHE, was released on August 19th of 2015 and suggest vaping is 95% less harmful than smoking. PHE is an organization dedicated toward the health and wellbeing of Great Britain and works to reduce health inequalities within the population. Their latest review highlights several key findings and explains them in detail with commentary.
Vaping is Safer
This landmark review shows that e-cigarettes are estimated to be 95% less harmful than smoking tobacco. This percentage is staggering, especially considering how many people there are in Great Britain that currently smoke cigarettes. The study also shows that e-cigarettes are successful in helping a smoker transition away from smoking. By replacing tobacco, e-cigarettes are a safer option for the smoker while they attempt to quit the dangerous habit.
It is also suggested that a smoker should not get discouraged if they experience a negative initial reaction to e-cigarettes. There are many options for e-cigarettes and e-liquids; the smoker should try out several combinations until they find the right match for them. After all, the study suggests that using e-cigarettes drops the risk down to a fraction of that than with smoking tobacco.
General Public is Unaware
The review examined the public’s knowledge of the benefits of e-cigarettes over smoking, and amazingly it finds that 44.8% (almost half) of the population of Great Britain is blissfully unaware. It is hard to imagine millions of people being ignorant to a potentially valuable tool in their attempt to stop smoking. It is suggested that smoking cessation services should educate and stand behind vaping as an anti-smoking tool.
Doesn’t Encourage Smoking
The review also found that there was no proof that e-cigarettes may lead children or non-smoking adults to smoking. While some adults may begin using e-cigarettes, there is no evidence that they will try smoking tobacco as a result. With the restrictions that are being placed on the purchase of e-cigarettes, anyone under the age of 18 will be prohibited from purchasing them.
The review also suggests that e-cigarettes could already be contributing to the decreasing number of cigarette smokers. Not only does it help people quit, but it found that almost all of the e-cigarette users (2.6 million in Great Britain) were either current or former smokers.
What Can We Expect
What does this study mean for the people who are attempting to promote e-cigarettes as a new plague to society? This review shows that, while e-cigarettes do carry some risk, they carry only a fraction of the danger that smoking tobacco does. Even though the amount of current smokers is continuously decreasing year to year; e-cigarettes could be the next step to helping millions of smokers worldwide. This review will help educate people to the potential benefits of both switching from smoking to an e-cigarette, as well as stopping smoking completely.
Maybe lawmakers should take notice of this study before proposing new legislation targeting the electronic cigarette industry. Then again, the tax revenue it can generate will probably be too good to pass up.