4 scientific studies to shut down the vaping haters
The vaping industry is plagued by a consistent, unending series of false rumors manufactured by vaping haters who then spread them online like wildfire. Many of these people are simply misinformed, but others are intentionally trying to discourage the American Public from switching to vaping as a tobacco harm reduction tool. Who would do such a thing? Advocates of Big Tobacco, Big Pharma, and the politicians who receive high-dollar campaign contributions from these groups year after year.
The next time that someone gives you a dirty look when you pull out your vape mod in public, cite one of these four vaping studies to shut them down. For some reason, the American public is significantly more tolerate of legalized marijuana then they are of public vaping. It’s time to fight these vaping haters once and for all. And the best way to fight them is with cold, hard facts.
1. Vaping nicotine may be effective medical therapy for asthma patients.
Asthmatic patients can spend their entire lives managing and preventing the onset of multiple, life-threatening asthma attacks. With each attack, a certain amount of lung damage can occur to the lung surfactant and other tissues of the respiratory system. Recent research published by Dr. Riccardo Polosa, Director Institute of Internal Medicine and Clinical Immunology, University of Catania, Italy, shows that switching to vaping can reverse lung damage in asthmatics. It can also reduce the severity and frequency of asthma-related attacks. The study entitled Effect of Smoking Abstinence and Reduction in Asthmatic Smokers Switching to Electronic Cigarettes: Evidence for Harm Reversal is published in the US National Library of Medicine.
2. Switching to vaping reduces exposure to carcinogens and other toxins.
Dr. Maciej L. Goniewicz of Roswell Park Comprehensive Cancer Center recently conducted a vaping study comparing the levels of carcinogens and other toxicities to that of smoking. Not only did his scientific team determine that switching to vaping is far less carcinogenic, it is also much more effective in helping smokers to quit compared to other nicotine replacement therapies like nicotine-enhanced gums, patches, and lozenges. The study entitled Exposure to Nicotine and Selected Toxicants in Cigarette Smokers Who Switched to Electronic Cigarettes: A Longitudinal Within-Subjects Observational Study is published in the Oxford Academic Nicotine and Tobacco Research.
3. Second-hand e-cig vapor is NOT laced with formaldehyde.
This conspiracy theory is complete and utter rubbish. The rumor began when a research paper was published in the New England Journal of Medicine (NEJM) several years ago making this claim. However, once the peer-review process began, several members of academia and the scientific community immediately refuted its findings. In fact, the researchers even publicly campaigned for the NEJM to issue a retraction. Meanwhile, another team of scientists from none other than the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) conducted a similar study which fully disproves the formaldehyde myth. The paper entitled Evaluation of Chemical Exposures at a Vape Shop is published on the CDC website.
4. Vaping is more effective than ‘the patch’ to stop smoking.
There are several smoking cessation aids readily available over the counter these days. However, none of these nicotine replacement therapies address the emotional triggers of smoking. Vaping mimics the hand-to-mouth actions of smoking, which helps smokers to quit at a significantly higher success rate. These findings are supported in a recent comparative study by Dr. Jamie Brown of the Cancer Research UK Health Behavior Research Centre in the United Kingdom. The paper entitled Among smokers who have attempted to stop without professional support, those who use e-cigarettes are more likely to report continued abstinence than those who used a licensed NRT product bought over-the-counter or no aid to cessation is published in the U.S. National Library of Medicine National Institutes of Health (NLM/NIH).
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