E-Cigarettes Could Do Greater Harm Than Good
March 17, 2018
Quitting smoking significantly improves your ability to stay on track in recovery. The question then is, ‘how will you go about the difficult task of smoking cessation?’ Gums, patches, inhalers, medications, or e-cigarettes are the only options available to people who desire a nicotine-free life. Such products have proven helpful to many inveterate smokers; however, a significant number of people who rely on anti-smoking tools do not achieve success. As a result, individuals can easily convince themselves that quitting is impossible. Please be advised, smoking cessation is possible, and you can accomplish that life-saving task, too.
Some of you have likely tried e-cigarettes or are regular vapers. In recent years the e-cig industry has ballooned, even big tobacco has skin in the game now. There is an extant body of research that indicates that vaping is a healthier alternative to traditional tobacco products. What’s more, there is some evidence that e-cigs can help you quit tobacco altogether. As with any nascent trend, the benefit of a given action is up for debate; which has undoubtedly been the case for e-cigarettes. The fact that electronic nicotine devices are still relatively new means that researchers can’t say for sure the long-term costs of use.
It is problematic to rely on something that is supported by little evidence, even if is likely to be better for you compared to something else. E-cigarettes may help you quit or they may not; using them could lead to the development of a new habit on top cigarettes. The problem with the devices of late pertains to teenagers and young adults who have taken a liking to vaping. Assuming vaping can help adults quit smoking, an important question presents itself, “will they help enough people stop to make it worth the risk of introducing a whole new generation to nicotine, thanks to fruity e-juice flavors?’
E-Cigarettes More Harmful Than Beneficial
Researchers from Dartmouth’s Norris Cotton Cancer Center, Moores Cancer Center at UCSD, UCSF School of Nursing, and University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine conducted a study with a focus on the costs and benefits of e-cigarettes, Dartmouth-Hitchcock Medical Center reports. The study reveals that the cons of e-cigs could outweigh the benefits. The researchers say that the devices could lead to more adolescents and young adults becoming hooked on cigarettes than the number of adults who manage to quit tobacco with the help of e-cigs. The findings appear in PLOS One.
“E-cigarettes will likely cause more public health harm than public health benefit unless ways can be found to substantially decrease the number of adolescents and young adults who vape and increase the number of smokers who use e-cigarettes to successfully quit smoking,” says principal investigator Samir Soneji, PhD, Associate Professor at The Dartmouth Institute for Health Policy and Clinical Practice. “We also need to close the regulatory gaps that make e-cigarettes appealing to adolescents and young adults by reducing the availability of kid-friendly flavors (e.g., fruit-flavored e-cigarettes) and issuing product standards that reduce the level of known toxins and carcinogens in e-juice.”
Only time will tell if this research is accurate. However, given the popularity of e-cigarettes among young people and the less than impressive smoking cessation rates among adults thanks to e-cigs, it is likely that the researchers involved in the study are not far off.
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