The debate over vaping is raging on all over the world. Some medical resources have unfortunately forgotten their common sense and have rushed to treat vaping just like traditional smoking. It’s a shame, since it misinforms the public, who should be given a chance to do their own research and make their own decisions. And one thing that research does continue to show is that many smokers are choosing to try vaping as an aid for quitting dangerous combustible cigs. Whether anti-vapers like it or not, the potential for major harm reduction in vaping tobacco as opposed to smoking it is huge. Luckily, there are some health organisations that do use common sense.
One of those organisations is the National Health Service. They recently updated thee-cigarette section of its Smokefree NHS website to say e-cigarettes “carry a fraction of the risk of smoked tobacco”. This change came after a study released by Public Health England, which found vaping to be up to 95% less dangerous than smoking. Both of these organisations should be proud that they are conducting valuable studies on vaping and allowing people to weigh the potential risks of vaping with the potential benefits by disseminating their findings.
Another group that has done great work in informing the public on vaping is Action on Smoking and Health (ASH). ASH is highly dedicated to educating people about the dangers of smoking, and to fighting Big Tobacco. It is in fact their landmark study of vape use in the UK from last spring that has been used by vaping advocates in many of their arguments for fair regulations on e-cigs. In a recent statement, Deborah Arnott, Chief Executive of ASH said that “the number of people who wrongly believe that vaping is as harmful as smoking is worrying”.
We’re glad that these organisations are around to add a reasonable voice to the vaping debate.