There is a great debate behind the reason why there’s a decline in the use of tobacco products from 4.5 to 3.5 million from the year 2011 to 2017. According to the report of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, the use of e-cigarettes by the younger generations fell in 2015. Many activists point out the proliferation of vaporizers and flavored e-cigarette products as the reasons behind the decline of tobacco and e-cigarette rate, along with the proliferation of independent competitors such as RUBI. Instead of celebrating the report generated by the CDC, health activists blame vape devices to be the culprit why the youth are so engaged with vaping which results to decline tobacco use.
Health advocates and their allies do not acknowledge the facts that e-cigarettes and vaporizers are actually a big help to millions of Americans shift from dangerous smoking to vaping which is 95% less harmful as compared to tobacco cigarettes. The misinformation about the risks of vaping is spreading like a virus, wherein this is brought about by a vocal minority. The deaf ears of several government authorities result to the creation of biased policies, driving away the truth about vaping from the general public as they continue to warn the citizens about the unproven dangers of vape products.
Selling e-cigarettes and introducing new vaping products to minors without a pre-market government review is against the federal law since August 8, 2016. The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) aggressively enforces the youth sales ban against non-compliant sellers and retailers, which is a move supported by a majority of vaping advocates. The agency could easily ramp up the said enforcement like it should. Now, for more than two years, the vaping industry is regulated by the FDA. Many vape companies strictly follow the rules set by the FDA. However, without the much-needed reforms, the upcoming regulatory deadlines may cause the small businesses to overwhelmingly close their doors.
What the Vaping Community Suggests
The debate should be backed up by sound science and real facts. The decline in the use of tobacco products by the youth and the increasing evidence about using vaporizers, vape pens, and flavored e-cigarettes can actually help and encourage adult smokers to quit the bad habit should be seen as a positive indicator of better health for the public. Misinformation should not continue and public discourse and debates should be rooted with full evidence and not only by insignificant test studies and results without relevant and proven quantifiable data.
According to vape experts, there’s no logical reason why the government should ban vape products that are proven to be safer as compared to smoking cigarettes in public places. Vape products are actually helping millions of people get away or eliminate smoking which is proven to be deadly. Vaping products are now sold with different nicotine levels which are considered as the most controversial ingredient due to its addictive properties. However, people who want to quit smoking should start with higher doses of nicotine when vaping and gradually reduce the amount to avoid relapse and frustration. There are now many e-liquids without nicotine content.
What Studies Show About Vape Impacts and Benefits
It is time to unleash the reality behind the long debate about vaping. The pieces of evidence using vape products are far safer than tobacco smoking continues to rise. In 2017, the first-ever longer-term study about vaping was conducted which compared the toxic exposure between people who ceased smoking and used the vape products for sixteen months as compared to those who continued smoking. This study was funded by the Cancer Research UK. It was discovered that there was a big decline in carcinogens and other identifiable toxic compounds among vapers as compared to tobacco smokers. This result is positive for those who completely stopped smoking. Another recent study compared the toxic effects of vapor and smoke. Based on the findings, there is an increased risk of cancer for smokers over a lifetime as compared to vapers. The cancer risk of vaping is around 1% of the risk of smoking.
E-cigarettes, vape pens, and vaporizers are less harmful as compared to smoking because they do not have tobacco content. Tobacco inhalation and chewing tobacco can pose great damage to human health, so removing tobacco and the product of its combustion can significantly reduce the health risks. Of course, it doesn’t mean e-cigarettes are relatively harmless. We cannot be entirely confident that switching to vaping from smoking will gain health benefits. However, we cannot discount the fact that vaping is a far better choice than smoking. The British Medical Association and the Royal College of General Practitioners point out that e-cigarettes and vaporizers are positive choices for smokers who are trying to quit. In fact, the Public Health England also have included e-cigarettes in their anti-smoking campaign. In Scotland, many organizations have pointed out that vaping is safer than smoking and this was even supported by the Health Scotland and their Chief Medical Officer.
Overseas, there are still many countries still banning e-cigarettes resulting in penalties, fines, or imprisonment for both vapers or vendors. But this is gradually changing. In 2017, we saw a complete reversal of the position of New Zealand on vaping devices with similar policies existing in the United Kingdom. Now, Canada is also legalizing e-cigarettes even if the regulatory framework is still in the process of being ironed out. What is the reason behind these actions? These countries are now following the real research evidence about vaping and its advantages and benefits, and in time others may eventually follow.
One of the main reasons for the caution in many countries is the unwarranted fear that vaping may eventually lead to smoking, most especially among the youth. Whatever the case, young people are susceptible to both. But these studies cannot prove that trying a vaping can eventually lead to subsequent smoking. The only clear explanation of why younger people will resort to smoking is because tobacco is widely available and becoming more accessible to them.