New data on smoking and your health
Everyone knows that smoking cigarettes is bad for their health.
Tobacco smoking has been medically proven to cause lung cancer and a host of other diseases and complications.
As such, smokers looking to quit this dangerous habit have been looking for a safer alternative. The best alternative is vaping. A quick search on vaping will offer top stories that portray the activity as one that causes health problems, device explosions and that it’s a gateway to smoking. These articles are enough to make one prefer smoking to vaping, with the expectation that vaping is more dangerous. But let’s consider the facts and do away with fiction.
Vaping vs Smoking.
In reality, this could not be further from the truth. Over the past couple of years, the evidence that using an e-cigarette is far safer than smoking has continued to accumulate. Last year, a publication funded by Cancer Research revealed that vaping poses a lesser health risk than smoking. The study compared people who vaped and smoked cigarettes for a period of sixteen months. The results posted revealed that smokers who had completely stopped smoking had fewer toxins and carcinogens. Smokers were at a higher risk of getting cancer and other health complications while vapers had a less than one percent chance of getting cancer.
This is because most E-cigarettes don’t contain nicotine or tobacco. Tobacco intake (inhaling smoke or chewing it) has damaging consequences to human health. This doesn’t mean e-cigarettes are harmless. But it does mean that switching from smoking to vaping is better for your health.
More studies on vaping vs. smoking are being carried out and these have influenced the marketing strategies of many companies all over the world.
Corporations are now trying to push smokers to try the safer alternative smoking. The British Medical Association recently released a report that supported the use of e-cigarettes as a positive choice for smokers trying to quit. Yet thus far indications are that vaping is more healthy than smoking.
Some holiday destinations spread-out across the world have banned vaping.
Countries such as Dubai, Turkey, Thailand, and Egypt have put a ban on e-cigarettes. Using these devices will result in fines and prison time for both vapers and vendors. This stance is, however, changing as new data made available to the public is changing this perspective. In fact, New Zealand recently reversed its stance on these devices. In North America and Canada, e-cigarettes are legal. It should be noted that the regulatory framework and guidelines on e-cigarettes are being worked out.
Vaping antagonists believe that vaping acts as a gateway to smoking, especially to young people. They haven’t been able to prove that this is true, and the results published indicate that teenagers are susceptible to both vaping and smoking.
At the end of the day, it comes down to making a choice. If you are a smoker, the best thing you can do for your health and the health of those around you is to stop smoking. If you choose to vape to help you stop smoking, that’s great, and no one should criticize you for that choice.
Emmy Skylar started working for Debate Report in 2017. Emmy grew up in a small town in northern Manitoba. But moved to Ontario for university. Before joining Debate Report, Emmy briefly worked as a freelance journalist for CBC News. She covers politics and the economy.