Nursing organization endorses vaping
Every country has its fair share of anti-vaping medical professionals, but when a highly reputable nursing organization endorses vaping, perhaps there is hope that things are about to change for the positive. The vaping community, especially in America, is so used to being demonized by public health agencies like the FDA, the CDC, and the AMA that it can be easy to overlook those groups which eventually rally to support our cause.
Vaping saves lives, and there are reams of scientific evidence to prove it. From the 2015 report by the UK Royal College of Physicians claiming that vaping is 95 percent less harmful than combustible tobacco to a recent 2017 Lorillard study claiming that cigarette smoke is 1500 times more toxic than e-cig vapor, medical professionals seem to be finally taking notice of the life-affirming benefits of the vape. One of the latest medical organizations to publicly endorse vaping is the Drug and Alcohol Nurses of Australasia Incorporated (DANA).
DANA endorses vaping for harm reduction
DANA is a group of nursing and substance abuse professionals who know very well about the dangers of smoking. Just like in any country, people struggling to recover from substance abuse tend to use tobacco cigarettes more frequently. It’s called substitution therapy, and it works.
Patients in recovery from drug or alcohol addiction often substitute smoking for their drug of choice. And nurses and doctors have largely supported this method of substitution therapy for decades. However, these same medical professionals cannot ignore the significant dangers of smoking and second-hard smoke. They often are only supporting their patients’ decisions to choose the lesser of two evils - smoking.
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But DANA officials now believe that there is another option, one that is far healthier overall. According to the published Position Statement titled Electronic Cigarettes for Tobacco Harm Reduction, the Australian nursing organization believe e-cigs can prevent millions of smoking related deaths in recovering substance abuse victims.
“People with drug and alcohol dependence have high smoking rates and greater difficulty quitting than other smokers. They are more likely to die from a tobacco-related disease than from their primary drug problem. Electronic cigarettes (E-cigarettes) are battery-operated devices that heat a liquid solution, which may or may not contain nicotine into a vapour for inhalation, simulating the behavioural and sensory aspects of smoking, and they are currently seen as a legitimate form of tobacco harm reduction. Nurses have an important role in asking people about their smoking, assessing the risk of tobacco use, advising about the risks, assisting smokers to stop or reduce their tobacco consumption, and arranging further support as appropriate.”
DANA is not the first nursing organization from down under to publicly endorse vaping as a safe and effective smoking cessation tool. In July of 2017, the Royal Australian and New Zealand College of Psychiatrists (RANZCP) issued a similar statement of its own.
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