With all of the negative news stories about vaping lately, it’s nice to see a positive story. One of the best studies to come out in the last year was by Public Health England(PHE) who published a research report that found that vaping is 95% less harmful than smoking.
The goal of this study was to look at some of the real questions that the media has been posing around e-cigarettes and vaping, like:
- Are eCigarettes a gateway (to smoking?)
- Is vaping really an effective tool to help cut down or quit smoking altogether?
- What are the main risks of vaping?
- What impact is misinformation having on the public?
Some of the key findings of the report include:
- the current best estimate is that e-cigarettes are around 95% less harmful than smoking.
- nearly half the population (44.8%) don’t realize e-cigarettes are much less harmful than smoking.
- there is no evidence so far that e-cigarettes are acting as a route into smoking for children or non-smokers.
One of the authors, Professor Ann McNeill from King’s College London, was quoted as saying: “E-cigarettes could be a game changer in public health, in particular by reducing the enormous health inequalities caused by smoking”.
As positive as the full report is in showing how much better vaping is than smoking, and the huge number of lives that could be saved, you’ll note above that the report did mention that the number of people who don’t know that vaping is better than smoking is pretty high.
This is likely due to the misinformation the media has been spreading (sensationalism sells, and also unfortunately most of our governments would prefer to keep people smoking as big tobacco brings in a lot of tax dollars. You may think I’m being paranoid, but do a bit of reading and you’ll see that I am not the only one who shares this point of view.)
Here is a fantastic infographic by TheBestVaporizer with some of the results of the study and some great stats on why vaping is so much better than smoking.