Health experts stand behind ecigarettes in Abu Dhabi
Though the world's health experts bring up plenty of valid points about the potential dangers of ecigarettes, it's always nice when voices of authority speak up about the benefits in front of their peers.
Last month, health experts at the World Conference on Tobacco or Health in Abu Dhabi touted the potential of ecigarettes to serve as a harm-reduction tool for cigarette smokers trying to ditch the habit.
According to the Hindustan Times, the experts cited research demonstrating the effectiveness of ecigarettes as a smoking cessation tool, though they agreed the devices should be regulated.
Konstantinos Farsalinos, a researcher from Onassis Cardiac Centre in Athens, pointed to a study that showed 81% of cigarette quitters surveyed in the U.S. and Europe managed to curb their habit with the help of ecigarettes -- often within the first month of ecigarette use, he said.
Additionally, Jean-Francois Etter, associate professor at Geneva University, argued that excessive regulation of vapourisers could have a counterproductive effect by discouraging cigarette smokers from switching to a less harmful product.
"I think that the WHO people should know better than kill alternatives to smoking cigarettes," he said.
Granted, not all research supports the notion that vaping can serve as an effective bridge to a cigarette-free life, but there's enough to make a strong case.
To point to just one example, a U.K. study in 2014 -- published in the journal "Addiction" -- found that those attempting to quit were 60% more likely to succeed when using ecigarettes versus nicotine patches or gum.