Scientists working on behalf of Cancer Research UK have finally announced that vaping is less dangerous than smoking cigarettes according to real scientific data. This represents a major breakthrough for the vaping community, as this kind of endorsement has been out of reach for many years despite the intuition behind it.
Many people like to tar others with the same brush, whether they smoke cigarettes or use electronic vaping devices. However, there are many fundamental differences between the two habits and only one of them has been proven to have significant long term health risks. Vaping is known to eliminate many of the most severe health risks associated with smoking tobacco, but despite this it has rarely been officially acknowledged as a healthier alternative.
In this case, a study financed by Cancer Research UK took place over the course of six months. The aim was to examine the effects of vaping as a substitute for smoking, by having a group of people take this up for the duration of the experiment. After this, they were tested for various known toxins and carcinogenic substances which could increase the likelihood of developing cancer. Unsurprisingly, the findings were that toxin levels in the people who vaped instead of smoked actually reduced.
Of course, this is not the first study to look at the health benefits of vaping. Many more examples exist, but have not been widely reported or taken seriously by major companies or healthcare providers. For example, Public Health England said that vaping is 95% safer than smoking according to research conducted in 2016. Although e-cigarettes are not a miracle cure, they are certainly a safer substitute for cigarettes, and yet the general public rarely hears this viewpoint.
This is a cause for concern, not only for those in the business who get frustrated with the stigma surrounding vaping, but for anyone who wants better provision of alternatives to smoking. Perhaps if the global community was more receptive to positive stories about vaping, we would see an increased interest in the trend and a reduction in the number of people still smoking harmful tobacco.
If you want to use vaping as a substitute for smoking, you are probably making a wise choice. It’s proven to be a much healthier alternative, and there is an increasing amount of support available for being looking to ditch the habit. Although more than half of people who vape also smoke, you can gradually switch away from tobacco if you follow these steps.
1) Look into NHS support
The NHS officially encourages stop-smoking initiatives to help people who are using e-cigarettes as a method to quit. This means you should be able to get personal or group assistance from any local service in your area.
2) Understand your habit
In order to stop smoking, you first need to figure out why you do it in the first place. Although addiction fuels the habit, there will be specific reasons why you smoke at particular times. If you can identify your triggers you may be able to tackle them directly.
3) Get the right products
There are many products on the market for people interested in vaping, so you might find that something else could work better for you if you aren’t getting to grips with your current choice. You may need to temporarily increase the amount of nicotine in your e-liquids in order to get a strong enough effect, or you might simply want to try more interesting flavours to get more enjoyment from vaping. Speak to a friend or an expert to get ideas and maintain your interest.
4) Stay on track with an app
You can use your phone or smartwatch to help you quit smoking by installing an application of your choice to assist you. Many apps on the market are designed to help you track your habits and change your behaviour. An app could remind you what you should be doing, track your achievements and even tell you much you’ve saved by not smoking. The idea is to boost your motivation constantly to keep you going.
5) Make steady progress
A major change in your life such as quitting smoking doesn’t have to happen overnight. It is usually much better to go slowly so that you can maintain your pace and don’t lose momentum later. Using any of the previously mentioned tips may help you stay on track and eventually make the switch from smoking to vaping. Good luck!
Tobacco harm reduction forms the basis of an ongoing campaign all over the world. In recent decades we opened our eyes to the devastating health implications of smoking tobacco, a trend that became so popular throughout the last century that it is currently classified by the World Health Organisation (WHO) as the number one cause of preventable deaths worldwide. Nicotine, the addictive substance found in cigarettes, has long been associated directly with the health risks of tobacco smoking (including cancer and chronic lung disease).
However, while nicotine may be largely responsible for the addictive nature of traditional cigarette smoking, the chemical itself is not particularly harmful at all. Almost all addictive chemicals are damaging to some degree, but essentially nicotine is one of the least directly harmful ingredients found in the average cigarette. The whole point of tobacco harm reduction as a world health strategy is to establish that nicotine can be safely disassociated with the downsides of smoking tobacco, and enjoyed safely in other ways.Continue reading