Dr. Sanjay Agrawal of the University Hospitals of Leicester NHS Trust in the UK has recently released a video presentation about the perceived dangers of vaping compared to smoking. The video is getting a great deal of airplay because Agrawal is considered one of the premier cancer specialists in all of Europe. He is so highly regarded, in fact, that he is a regularly invited guest speaker to several world conferences on lung cancer research, including the 2016 World Conference of Lung Cancer (WCLC) of the International Association for the Study of Lung Cancer (IASLC) in Vienna, Austria.
According to Dr. Sanjay Agrawal, the ongoing, previous use of tobacco cigarettes is a major contributing factor for approximately 85 percent of patients diagnosed with lung cancer. And one-third of these patients are active, current smokers at the time of their diagnosis. If the global medical community could get on the same page and begin endorsing electronic cigarettes and vaping technology as a healthier alternative to smoking, millions of lives could be saved.
Dr. Sanjay Agrawal and his views on vaping
In the Sanjay Agrawal video entitled Smoking vs e-cigarettes and the increasing use of e-cigarettes, the cancer specialist makes very clear that vaping is significantly healthier than smoking. He also warns medical professionals to stop waiting for “further research” that may take decades to compile. Because vaping technology is progressing at such a dramatic rate, it is nearly impossible for scientists to determine precise and quantifiable data that is not obsolete within weeks of its publication. In short, doctors need to quit procrastinating and begin using basic common sense by recommending vaping to their patients who smoke.
"At the moment there are lots and lots of studies coming through. The Cochrane Review looked at e-cigarettes three or four years ago, and it showed (electronic cigarettes) help people in quitting, and it showed the rate of people quitting was greater for those using e-cigarettes rather than not. The short-term side effects were equivalent in placebo to nicotine e-cigarettes. They appear to be safe in the short term. I’m afraid we don’t have any long-term data because they are still a relatively new product."
To support Dr. Agrawal’s findings even further, the UK Office of National Statistics (ONS) also released new national statistics around the same time as the launching of this latest video. According to the ONS, smoking rates in Great Britain are at their lowest point since 1974. Furthermore, another report published by the Action on Smoking and Health (ASH) on May 8 shows that some 2.9 million Brits now vape as opposed to only 1.3 million who actively smoke. Perhaps America could learn a thing or two from public health officials in Great Britain.
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