Vaping Vs Smoking
ZampleBox is back with another informative article for you.
Yeah, that’s right: we’re coming at you with some cool research that has been done in the past few years. We think you’ll be interested in hearing about this, so grab ten minutes of alone time and settle in.
We first want to let you know that the information we’re providing you with comes from Public Health England and the Royal College of Physicians, two governing health bodies in the United Kingdom, that have been conducted in the past two years. We’ll try not to bore you with too much science, but we do think you’ll want to listen to these findings. Let’s get started.
Use as a Nicotine Replacement Therapy
One of the most important claims to come out of both studies is the fact that vaping can be a great alternative to more traditional forms of nicotine replacement therapy; this is also known as NRT. We also believe that it’s a great NRT alternative and are hoping that previous research will show it can be useful for getting people to stop smoking.
We’d like to point out that as of this writing, the United States does not allow the use of vape devices as a prescribed version of NRT; in the UK, however, the RCP does recommend that doctors within the National Health Service offer it to their patients. It looks like the US is one step behind, doesn’t it?
So why vaping as an NRT?
Well, vaping offers former smokers to make their own choices. They choose their e-liquid, their nicotine level, and even when to step down from one nicotine level to another. Most NRT therapies, like gum or patches, can have weird side effects and be less successful too, which is something both studies agreed on.
Vaping is not a Gateway to Smoking
There has been an outcry from anti-vaping advocates about vaping becoming a gateway drug that will lead kids and young adults to smoking or even narcotics. This stems from concerns parents and medical professionals had when the vape community first formed, especially with the range of flavors available on the market today.
However, the studies done by both Public Health England and the Royal College of Physicians shows that vaping has had an interesting effect on both smoking rates, especially among young people: the rates have been steadily dropping.
The studies both show a plateau of the reported number of people who vape, which stands at just under three million in the United Kingdom. Furthermore, both studies prove that the smoking rates have been decreasing by roughly 20,000 fewer people smoking every year for the past few years.
The studies also show that young adults and teens have no interest in vaping if they were not previously smokers. Youth smoking rates in the United Kingdom, in general, continues to decline, with regular reported use of either vaping or smoking at relatively low rates.
We’d also like to note here that many teens and young adults who have tried vaping haven’t tried a vape juice that had nicotine in it. Young adults and kids actually prefer juices that are nicotine-free because they don’t like the taste of nicotine, which is detectable in many vape juices. So basically, they’re vaping flavor and not much else.
Nicotine as a Factor in Smoking-Related Illnesses
There are a lot of advocates who claim that nicotine is the main driver for smoking-related illnesses. Many also claim that nicotine is addictive. However, we’re not in the business of entertaining claims. We’re here to hit you with the facts.
There are three fundamental truths about nicotine. One, nicotine alone is not addictive; as a stand-alone substance, it’s about as addictive as caffeine to most people. What people are talking about when they say the substance is addictive is actually an oral fixation due to a smoker’s habit of constantly reaching for a cigarette.
The second truth about nicotine is that in small doses, such as you would find in an e-liquid or vape mod, does provide some benefits. Scientific American points out that nicotine is known to ease tension, sharpen your cognitive abilities, and increase your sensory information processing speed. In a nutshell, nicotine actually works as a stimulant for your mind, making you able to focus longer as well as lift so-called “brain fog.""
Third, science has proven that it’s the carcinogens and toxins that are found in traditional cigarettes that cause disease and cancer. Nicotine is one of the least deadly ingredients in cigarettes, so it makes you wonder, what else does research teach us about vaping that hasn’t been talked about? We at Vape School believe in telling you the truth about vaping, so with that in mind, there’s this: vaping is still relatively new. We don’t have all the facts yet. More research needs to be done.
However, what we do know is that vaping is the lesser of two evils, and that’s proven by the research that’s being done all over the world, but especially in the UK. If you have to choose between either, we think that vaping is the better alternative.
Let us know what you think about these claims from the studies.
We’d love to hear your thoughts and opinions. Did we leave out anything you’d like us to discuss? Do you think we got something wrong? Leave us a comment or send us an email. We’re always eager to discuss vaping with you, so our metaphorical door is always open!