We’ve been hearing a ton of negative press regarding vaping recently. These smear campaigns are tactics employed by Big Pharma and the FDA to paint vaping in a bad light. But if you dig a bit past the BS, you can see some of the positive news coming out of the vaping community — which we should be focusing on more. A recent study published in International Journal of Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease, suggests that vaping helps improve COPD and reduces the harm caused by tobacco smoke. This study shows that COPD can even be somewhat reversed by switching over to vaping.
Switching to Vaping Helps Improve COPD
The study in question followed 44 COPD patients for over 3 years. Half of the patients stopped smoking and switched to vaping, whereas the other half continued their habits. The group that switched showed improved overall health, physical activity and very few participants went back to smoking (8.3%).
Dr. Caruso, the co-researcher of the study, had this to say: “the finding that COPD exacerbations were halved in patients who stopped or considerably reduced their smoking habit following switching to e-cigarettes was an important finding that confirms the potential for harm reversal of these products”.
The fact that switching to vaping helps improve COPD, makes a great case for harm reduction. Although vaping is not harmless, it is a better alternative to smoking. We, as a community, want to help smokers quit, not get kids hooked. It is WRONG to deny smokers the chance to be healthier with a better alternative to further selfish political goals. This study, showing that vaping helps improve COPD, is just more proof that vaping is much less harmful and needs to be embraced, rather than completely tossed aside and demonized.
Let’s come together and help smokers quit, rather than removing a completely viable and safer option of harm reduction.
**The opinions expressed in this blog are not those of MBV**
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