Each year there seems to be a pet hobby that people try to pick apart and point out all the things about it as to why you should not do it. One of those topics lately is vaping. Many people falsely associate the vapours that a person exhales when smoking an e-cigarette as being the same as smoke from a cigarette. It has become a hobby that a lot of people really enjoy doing and some even use it as a safer alternative to cigarettes. Even though there has not been a substantial amount of proof to back these negative claims up, the negative publicity surrounding e-cigarettes seems to just keep pouring in. One of the things that is often said about e-cigarettes is that it can be the start of an attraction for children, teens and non-smokers to take up smoking real tobacco cigarettes.
What is Vaping?
For those of you that are not familiar with how e-cigarettes work it is a pretty simple process. Each e-cigarette contains a flavoured liquid; the liquid is warmed when it passes over a small heating element inside the device and is then transformed into an aerosol vapour that resembles smoke when it is exhaled. The liquid can have a variety of things that are mixed into it (yes nicotine is one of those things that is found in some people’s preferred liquid mix) so you have a choice whether to use ingredients that might be harmful or not.
Fortunately there are advocates and government groups that are trying to get to the bottom of all the claims that are made against vaping. One recent study in the UK found that there was absolutely no correlation between non-smokers and vaping that led to an increased number of new tobacco smokers. Let’s take a closer look at this study to give non-smokers a little piece of mind in this area.
What the UK National Health Survey Found Out
The survey was done by randomly selecting participants throughout the UK; of those that were selected, roughly 8,800 of them took the time to fill out the survey. Here is what the results were for the questions that were related to e-cigarette smoking.
A total of only about 3% of those surveyed that were at least 16 years of age were active e-cigarette users. That would suggest that e-cigarettes popularity is still in the building process. The survey also indicated that out of this 3% of active e-cigarette users, almost all were smokers or former smokers.
The survey went on to say that 29% of those who smoke and another 6% of former smokers had at least tried the device. Very few children who responded to the survey had tried an e-cigarette.
These statistics should help to alleviate at least some of the fears that health professionals and other anti-e-cigarette groups have about e-cigarette use leading people into the clutches of tobacco use.
Even the leader of one of the main e-cigarette opposition groups conceded to this point. Here is what Deborah Arnott, the Chief Executive of the anti-smoking group ASH had to say on the matter, “While it is clearly important to continue to monitor smoking rates and the use of electronic cigarettes in adults and children, so far there is no evidence that the use of electronic cigarettes is proving to be a gateway into smoking”. I am sure her constituents in the group were not happy about this admission, but the rest of us are thankful and respectful for her honesty.
Other Thoughts on E-cigarettes
Groups also like to like to insinuate that vaping is as harmful to a person as smoking, but the research is just not there to back up a claim like this. Even the Chief executive Officer of the British Lung foundation, Dr. Penny Woods, while stressing that continued monitoring of people who smoke e-cigarettes is needed; she admitted that at this time there was no indication that vaping with e-cigarettes was anywhere near as harmful as smoking tobacco products.
The survey proved to be inconclusive on whether or not vaping e-cigarettes was an effective way to curtail or stop cigarette smoking. There are some studies that suggest it is and more research is being done all the time by both the manufacturers of the product, health professionals and anti-smoking groups.
It is important to note that no one is against groups seeking facts as to whether e-cigarette use is harmful or not; this is especially true when it comes to the safety of children. But any reporting that is done on the matter must be based on facts and actual studies; that does not seem to be the case for a lot of the e-cigarette accusations at the present time. So until solid evidence comes out as to why people should not participate in vaping, there is no reason why the people who enjoy it should have restrictions placed on vaping in the meantime.