Typically when you think of lives lost due to substances, your mind automatically goes to hard drugs like opiates and cocaine as the biggest offenders. But actually, you’d be wrong. Tobacco and alcohol are “by far” the worst drugs when it comes to taking human life, according to a 2017 status report on global statistics. So how did we find out cigarettes are the most dangerous substance for health? This study measured “disability adjusted life years” due to cancer, respiratory illnesses, and other diseases. It also took into account life years lost. Illegal drugs “didn’t even come close” to doing the harm that tobacco and alcohol cause world wide.
A lot of this harm has to do with prevalence. Smoking is widely available and most people can afford it. Around the world, one in seven adults smoke, while one in five drink. Death rates for smoking are three times higher per 100,000 people than for drinking. This is just further proof that we need to make vaping widely available for those that need to make the switch from smoking. Vaping has been proven to be 95% safer than smoking.
Cigarettes are the most dangerous substance in the world, not opioids
Despite the opioid crisis reaching epidemic proportions, smoking is still the number one health risk in the US in terms of substances. So why is the vape industry being demonized when it should be touted as a good alternative to smoking. Many believe that vaping’s public health benefits outweigh its risks. In fact, it’s even been proven that vaping will add 3.3 million life years to public health by the year 2070. Its time that the US take a page out the UK’s book and embrace vaping as a form of public health reform and a legitimate way to quit cigarettes. No one wants to get teenagers hooked on vaping. We just want to help smokers quit and get them vaping so they can live long and healthy lives.
If this new study is anything to go by, then we have a lot of work to do convincing the world to embrace vaping and to put down the combustible cigarette. Imaging how many lives we could save as a community if we took the stigma away from vaping and dispelled the myths surrounding e-cigs? Spread the word about the fact that cigarettes are the most dangerous substance around. Get your loved ones to switch to vaping. We need to be our own advocates.