Recently, I wrote about vaping, and how it helped my dad and brother to give up smoking, helping their health and their bank balances. Both of them were quite heavy smokers, and my dad had been smoking since he was a teenager, so it was a huge achievement.
In the past couple of days, vaping and the use of e-cigarettes has been in the news, with the UK’s Royal College of Physicians saying that there is ‘resounding evidence that e-cigarettes are much safer than smoking and aid quitting’. In the 200 page report, they said vaping could improve the lives of millions of people, and came to the following conclusions:
1. E-Cigarettes do not encourage smoking
2. E-Cigarettes are not renormalising smoking
3. E-Cigarettes can help smokers quit tobacco completely.
Professor John Britton, who advises the Royal College of Physicians on issues related to smoking and tobacco said that they believe that even long term vaping is much less harmful than the long-term inhalation of carbon monoxide, which is what happens when someone smokes.
Two major charities – The British Heart Foundation and Cancer Research UK were pleased with the findings because they believe 70% of British smokers could quit using e-cigarettes.
The Office for National Statistics found that over 860,000 e-cigarette users and vapers are ex-smokers – that’s a huge amount of people who have lessened their risk of dying from smoking-related illnesses. As well as this, 720, 000 people have quit both smoking and e-cigarette, meaning they have not just swapped one addiction for another. Smoking rates have dropped dramatically since the rise in popularity of e-cigarettes and vaping, which is good news all round!
The Electronic Tobacconist has created an interesting infographic showing some facts, figures and statistics about smoking and vaping.
Many people are unsure about vaping because it is a relatively new form of technology, and no one knows what the long-term effects are. Of course, the best alternative to smoking is fresh air, and no one can deny that. However, when smokers have a habit that is known to be dangerous, swapping it for a habit that is certainly less dangerous is obviously a sensible move.
Are you a smoker? Would you swap over to using e-cigarettes or vaping?