Hello world. Let’s take a quick look at the vaping news that made headline this week.
It’s the People Who Harmfully Attack E-Cigarettes Who Need to Quit
There is an all-out war calling for e-cigarettes ban. E-cigarettes are the newest and most promising delivery device to help people stop smoking or to maintain nicotine dependence. People opposing e-cigarettes have created a huge hysteria. Pure nicotine, delivered via vaping, has now taken the “demon drug” position formerly held by marijuana, among others.
There has been a lot of scaremongering, misinformation, fear-based lies, and junk science that implies that there should be an e-cigarette ban. An expert, independent review conducted by Public Health England estimated that e-cigarettes are around 95% less harmful than smoking.
E-cigarettes are not completely risk-free but when compared to smoking, evidence shows they carry just a fraction of the harm.
Professor Kevin Fenton, director of health and wellbeing at Public Health England said.
Are the enemies of vaping so implacably and irrationally opposed to it that they prefer smokers die rather than switch to e-cigarettes? Read the rest of the story on The Influence.
Does a tobacco-free world need to be nicotine free?
This week we saw the celebration of No Smoking Day, a day to support those who want to quit smoking. A good question was raised as the world celebrated a tobacco free world; should smokers who quit aim to quit nicotine too? This question was also motivated by the numerous calls to have an e-cigarette ban that would force people to quit nicotine too. Research has shown that it’s not the nicotine in cigarettes that causes all the health risks associated with smoking.
The process of burning tobacco releases many thousands of chemicals, around 70 of which are known to cause cancer. Nicotine is toxic at very high doses if consumed orally, but deaths from nicotine are very rare. Despite this revelation, e-cig opposers want an e-cigarette ban introduced claiming that e-cigarettes are harmful and that there is no enough evidence to support e-cigarettes as safe quit smoking aid. This relative lack of evidence is leading to some confusing policies. Some councils and organisations are treating e-cigarettes exactly the same as cigarettes, and not allowing vaping anywhere that smoking is prohibited. This might be really harmful to those using e-cigarettes as an attempt to quit.
Read more on The Guradian.