Major newspaper highlights scaremongering tactics used against vaping industry
Linda Bauld, a Professor of Health Policy at the University of Stirling, highlighted in a recent article for the newspaper that when searching for vaping online it is clear that negative articles come out on top. False stories of health issues and e-cigarettes leading to children becoming smokers are among some of the news that surrounds the controversial topic.
Despite this, 2017 saw many positive gains for e-cigarettes in terms of research into the health benefits of making the switch from smoking.
In fact, Cancer Research funded the first long-term study into the effects of vaping and the results showed some stark differences to the thousands of unresearched articles you can find online around e-cigarettes.
“…the study found large reductions in carcinogens and other toxic compounds in vapers compared with smokers, but only if the user had stopped smoking completely.” explained Bauld.
Even though some e-liquids do contain nicotine, which is an addictive substance, it is the removal of tobacco that means vaping is considered less of a risk towards health than smoking. Research across 2017 found that e-cigarettes have a 1% cancer risk from smoking.
As a result of these studies major organisations, such as the Royal College of General Practitioners and the British Medical Association, have joined the existing community that point towards vaping as a strong recommendation for those attempting to quit smoking.
However, across the world this is not the case. Many countries still have a ban in place on e-cigarettes, those found using them can be fined and retailers could face imprisonment. One of the most common reasons for many governments banning the use of e-cigs is due to the potential impact on children to try vaping.
Some studies have shown that it can lead to young people becoming smokers, however there is little to no evidence to support this theory.
What does this mean for vaping?
Bauld concludes her article with the suggestion that as many more countries lift the ban on e-cigarettes, vaping will become the most highly recommended tool for those looking to quit smoking.
“If you are a smoker, the best thing you can do for your health and the health of those around you is to stop smoking. If you choose to vape to stop smoking, that’s great, and no one should criticise you for that choice. I think we may well see a public information campaign along those lines in the near future. And from my perspective, it can’t come soon enough.” She finishes.
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