We recently came across an article that claimed that more children in the UK were trying vaping; however, the article was citing evidence from a study of 11-18-year olds. In the UK, 18-year olds are not classed as children and moreover are actually legally allowed to vape so the headline does not even reflect the statistics accurately!
The article went on to say that researchers have found a definite link between vaping and smoking. Apparently, smokers are far more likely to try vaping than non-smokers. Well of course – e-cigs are designed primarily, and actually promoted by health authorities, as an effective aid to quit smoking!
Finally, just to round off the confusion, it was concluded with a word from Deborah Arnott, Chief Executive of ASH (Action on Smoking and Health), quoted as saying:
“ASH survey results included in the PHE report show the vast majority of vaping is by smokers trying to quit or prevent themselves from relapsing, which is just what e-cigarettes are designed for.
However, our surveys also show that over a third of smokers have not yet tried vaping, which is a colossal missed opportunity as there is growing evidence that e-cigarettes are the most effective aid to quitting.”
It’s this kind of reporting that only serves to confuse the public’s perception of vaping further and potentially dissuade people from taking up vaping as a much safer alternative to smoking.
Instead of reading random sensationalist news reports on vaping, we suggest only choosing to trust authoritative sources for your facts about vaping.
Trust Health Authorities For Your Facts About Vaping
If there is anyone who should be concerned about the effects of vaping, it’s health authorities. But, in fact, many health authorities are the biggest advocates of e-cigarettes as an alternative to smoking. According to the UK’s NHS:
“An estimated 2.9 million adults in Great Britain currently use e-cigarettes and of these, 1.5 million people have completely stopped smoking cigarettes. They carry a fraction of the risk of cigarettes and can be particularly effective when combined with extra quitting support.”
Another useful source of information is Public Health England (PHE). For instance, in its report, “E-cigarettes: an evidence update“, it mentions in the foreword that:
“In a nutshell, best estimates show e-cigarettes are 95% less harmful to your health than normal cigarettes, and when supported by a smoking cessation service, help most smokers to quit tobacco altogether.”
Finally, you could also look to Cancer Research UK for unbiased and straight-forward facts about vaping. It states:
“E-cigarettes are almost certainly far less harmful than smoking, as they don’t contain tobacco – the single biggest preventable cause of death worldwide.”
So be careful where you get your facts about vaping from. Health authorities are almost unanimous in their support of e-cigarettes and agree that they carry a much smaller risk than smoking tobacco. Don’t be hoodwinked by shoddy reporting!
Have you read any articles that have just served to confuse you about vaping? Let the community know in the comments below.
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