I have been interested to see the difference in approach to vaping between America and the UK right now.
Last week the British medical research journal ‘The Lancet’ published a review of the evidence around vaping and declared vaping to be “the most disruptive influence on smoking in decades”. They found the harms to be 1/20th of smoking, that the success of giving up cigarettes was approximately twice as effective vs other NRTs, and that it isn’t proving to be a gateway drug into smoking for youngsters. ( The Lancet )
I’m sure it can’t be great to be breathing in any smoke from any source but given that our treatment industry has spectacularly failed to come up with another effective solution, we need to work with and support what does work since cigarettes kill far more alcoholics than alcohol does:
“….. the death rate for alcoholics who seek treatment is 48.1% within 20 years compared with an 18.5% death rate for the general population. Of those deaths, more than half (50.9%) are attributed to smoking, and only 34.1% attributed to alcohol.” ( https://www.verywellmind.com )
Putting the current fears of vaping risks into context. The CDC estimate that in the USA cigarettes cause “1,300 deaths every day”. ( https://www.cdc.gov/tobacco/data_statistics ) whilst there are now 6 in total attributed to vaping ( https://eu.usatoday.com ) Surely we should really be panicking about 1300 deaths a day???
Vaping isn’t the end game for recovery from smoking but it seems the evidence around it isn’t being accurately reported and I feel we could do more to set the record straight and keep encouraging people to move away from tobacco.
If you are trying to give up tobacco then you are doing the one thing that will have the greatest positive impact on your health and we salute you for your efforts and we owe you better reporting about this.