The US is probably one of the least friendly countries in the world towards vaping. Conversely, the UK fully supports the industry and funds studies which help to clear up the negative implications of long term use. Cancer Research UK recently funded a small study which confirmed what we, as vapers, all know — that vaping helps smokers quit.
This study was small in scope. There were only 40 participants, but surprisingly there have been only a handful of similar studies. Dr. Caitlin Notley, of Norwich Medical School, at the University of East Anglia said of the study that [they] “found that vaping may support long-term smoking abstinence.” I could have told you years ago that vaping helps smokers quit. In fact, I can count at least 40 people who have quit using vaping. I have not used a combustible cigarette in over five years due to vaping and am down to 3 mg of nicotine. If anecdotal evidence counts for anything, me and my friends could write a book.
So why is vaping so effective as a quitting method? Well, vaping helps smokers quit because it has “many of the physical, psychological, social and cultural elements of cigarette smoking”, Notley said. In fact, 17 percent of the participants in this particular study had never seriously attempted to quit and “accidentally” quit using vaping.
Quitting using vaping is definitely a huge step in harm reduction for users of traditional smoking. Recent scientific studies and press releases have backed up assertions that vaping is WAY safer than combustible cigarettes (i.e. American Cancer Society and National Academies of Sciences). Public Health England and the U.S. Office of the Surgeon General say that vaping has a similar risk profile as the traditional harm reduction methods (patches, gum, etc.). Public Health England, after extensive research, confirms that vaping — at the least — is 95 percent safer than smoking.
The FDA is making a huge mistake in not taking advantage of this godsend of a harm reduction method for the scourge of smoking. Instead, they are waging war against it and funding a massive smear campaign. Make sure to do your part by battling misinformation!
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