Not blowing smoking: 3 remarkable benefits of vaping & the science behind them up
Social media and the mainstream press is filled with so many conspiracy theories and fake news stories about vaping that everyday Americans often don’t know which ones to believe. Is vaping just as dangerous and harmful to one’s health as smoking? Or are electronic cigarettes a seemingly miraculous cure for tobacco addiction?
The United States government isn’t helping the situation much either. When the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) reclassified e-cig and e-liquids as tobacco products per the 2015 deeming regulations updates, the apparent differences between the two became even more muddied. Meanwhile, pay-for-pay researchers like Rebecca Williams and alleged sex pest/anti-vaping activist Stanton Glantz continue to intentionally published bogus research papers lacking even a basic foundation in scientific fact.
On a more positive note, within days of the announcement of the FDA deeming regulations, the organization Public Health England announced quantitative findings which indicate that vaping is 95 percent less harmful than smoking. For perhaps the first time in nearly a decade, a reputable public health agency from a world power was taking a very public stance in favor of vaping.
Other scientists from all corners of the globe soon followed by conducting exemplary research in a variety of fields, from asthma to cancer and everything in between. Here are 3 recently determined health benefits involving a transition from smoking to vaping along with the scientific research that led to their discoveries.
Switching to vaping helps improve respiratory functions in asthmatic smokers.
Doctors have known for many years that increased stress levels are a common cause of asthma attacks, some of which can be life-threatening. As a result, the medical community has long struggled to agree upon the optimum recommended therapies for asthmatic patients who are also addicted to smoking. Choosing the wrong smoking cessation product or method could theoretically increase the patients’ stress levels while exacerbating future occurrences of asthma attacks in both number and severity.
Dr. Riccardo Polosa of the Institute of Internal Medicine and Clinical Immunology from the University of Catania, Italy, determined that a doctor-supervised switch to vaping reduces asthma-related flair ups while vastly improving the patients’ overall quality of life. The Polosa study entitled Effect of Smoking Abstinence and Reduction in Asthmatic Smokers Switching to Electronic Cigarettes: Evidence for Harm Reversal is published in the U.S. National Library of Medicine.
Vaping is more effective than ‘the patch’ and nicotine gums.
Smokers have been taught through commercial television, newspaper, and print advertisements that nicotine replacement therapies (NRTs) like patches, gums, and lozenges are the safest and most effective way to quit smoking. The problem with conventional NRTs is that they do nothing to address the psychological addictions of smoking.
Research conducted by Dr. Jamie Brown of the Cancer Research UK shows that vaping is a significantly more effective smoking cessation product when compared to conventional NRTs because vaping involves the same hand-to-mouth activities as smoking. There are other reasons, too, which are detailed in his research 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.” This paper is also located in the U.S. National Library of Medicine.
Vaping is 99% less carcinogenic than smoking.
The non-smoking public is being led to believe that vaping and smoking are one in the same. Yes, both activities involve a nicotine-infused plume of a white, gaseous substance, but the similarities essentially end there. Smoking involves tobacco. Vaping is 100% tobacco-free. Contrary to popular opinion, scientists have known for decades that it is not the nicotine in combustible cigarettes that kills. It’s the tobacco-produced tar and needlessly added chemicals in cigarettes that will.
Research published by the University of St Andrews in Great Britain further identifies vaping to be approximately 99% less carcinogenic than smoking, a scientific fact that American public health institutions have yet to endorse. The UK research entitled Comparing the cancer potencies of emissions from vapourised nicotine products including e-cigarettes with those of tobacco smoke is available for review on the BMJ Tobacco Control website.