New study shows vaping may lead to generations of ‘accidental quitters’

HEY FDA! The CDC now shows smoking rates are at an ALL-TIME LOW! And smokers how even TRY vaping often become ‘ACCIDENTAL QUITTERS,’ according to new research! PLEASE STOP THE FLAVOR BAN NONSENSE NOW!

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New study shows vaping may lead to generations of ‘accidental quitters’

According to a recently published study out of the UK, smokers who try vaping may end up becoming accidental quitters even if this was not their initial intention.  The research team led by Dr. Caitlin Notley of the University of East Anglia asked a control group of 40 heavy smokers about their experiences with vaping.  17 percent admitted to switching from smoking accidentally after being offered a vaping device by a friend or on a whim.  After initial use, they found that they liked the experience and continued experimenting before ultimately giving up smoking altogether.

The scientists suspect that there are many different reasons for these accidental quitters involving cultural, psychological, physical, social, and economic factors.   Some participants claimed to have found the flavors of e-liquids used in vaping more enjoyable than conventional smoking.  Others discovered that vaping is simply cheaper and more convenient than smoking. 

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Meanwhile, some members of the control group reported that vaping offers a “no pressure approach” to quitting.  Conventional methods of quitting smoking often lead to uncomfortable side effects, such as mood swings, increased irritability, and weight gain.  Another perk is that smokers who try vaping can avoid announcing to their friends and family that they are “quitting smoking,” which can easily lead to embarrassment if the quit attempt fails.

Experimenting with vaping increases odds of quitting smoking

Furthermore, relapsing back into smoking – at least partially through dual usage-  after initially engaging with electronic cigarettes is not viewed by smokers as to be as “catastrophic” as with the cold-turkey methods of generations past.  The full report entitled The Unique Contribution of e-Cigarettes for Tobacco was published June 20 in the Harm Reduction Journal

“Despite initial success, that for some people was easily maintained, a majority of people either fully relapsed or dual used after purchasing their first device. For some, this was because they were not actually initially attempting to give up smoking. For others, brief lapse to tobacco smoking occurred due to social or emotional reasons. However, importantly, lapse for these people did not appear to be as catastrophic as it may have been in the past, as it did not necessarily lead to full relapse.”

The study also suggests that the abundance of e-liquids, vape mods, and other related supplies associated with vaping can be both a pro and a con for aspiring vapers.  On the negative side, many smokers can relapse or re-engage in dual use if the very first product chosen has certain “inferiorities.”  On the positive side, experimenting with the different devices and flavors keeps vapers motivated and interested in maintaining their new and healthier vaping lifestyle. 

“Many of these chose a cheaper ‘cig-a-like’ device which they found to be inadequate. Experimentation with different devices and different setups, over time, resulted in some ‘sliding’ rather than switching to vaping. This involved periods of ‘dual use’. Some settled on patterns of vaping as a direct substitute of previous tobacco smoking, whereas others reported ‘grazing’ patterns of vaping throughout the day that were perceived to support tobacco smoking abstinence.”

The study was funded by Cancer Research England, and the co-authors also confirm the 2015 findings by Public Health England which state that vaping is 95 percent less harmful than smoking.  The researchers also readily admit that long-term use of e-cigs is still considered somewhat “controversial”  since a lack of reputable, cross-sectional, and longitudinal scientific research is still lacking. 

Related Article:   15-years of research shows vaping helps smokers quit, say scientists

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Study shows switching to vaping reduces carcinogens by over 60% in just two weeks

As talks of metropolitan flavor bans spread from coast to coast, local politicians continue to insist that smoking and vaping are equally hazardous to public health.  They further muddy the waters of public perception by falsely claiming that vaping is a gateway to smoking, especially among teens and young adults.  Even the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) disputes these outrageous claims per its recently published national statistics.   The CDC report entitled Tobacco Product Use Among Middle and High School Students — United States, 2011–2017 also clearly indicates that teen vaping is dropping rather than rising in the previous two years.

Related Article: CDC says teen vaping is down; mainstream media blames ‘juuling’ error

Politicians and anti-tobacco activists who regularly and intentionally spread disinformation about the health benefits of vaping compared to smoking are doing more harm to public health than good.  As far back as 2015, the UK’s Public Health England published research indicating that electronic cigarettes are 95 percent less harmful than combustible tobacco.  Now, a new study released by American scientists from the Roswell Park Comprehensive Cancer Center is Buffalo, New York, has proven that the vapor from e-cigs is far less carcinogenic compared to the smoke from combustible cigarettes.

Overview of the vaping study

Led by Dr. Maciej Goniewicz, the researchers began by soliciting the help of some twenty volunteers who were also current daily smokers.  The participants were asked to transition to vaping for at least 14-days.  Dual usage would cause the participant to be kicked off the study, some of which were.   In fact, only 45 percent of the control group were successful in making a full transition.  While this figure many sound a bit low, it is actually quite high when compared to the success rates of more conventional nicotine replacement therapies like Big Pharma patches, gums, and lozenges.

Related Article: Swiss e-cig study shows vaping beats NRTs in the race to quit smoking

Throughout the vaping study, Dr. Goniewicz and his team collected biomarker samples of blood and urine from each participant while evaluating for 17 major carcinogens commonly associated with combustible tobacco smoke.  In addition, they monitored for 13 specific carcinogens associated with the common ingredients of tobacco cigarettes, 8 associated volatile organic compounds, 4 associated polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbon, and 7 associated metabolites.  What they discovered is that in nearly all categories, participants who successfully made the switch to vaping experienced dramatic decreases across the board within the first week.

“In total, 45% of participants reported complete abstinence from cigarette smoking at 2 weeks, while 55% reported continued smoking. Levels of total nicotine and some polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbon metabolites did not change after switching from tobacco to e-cigarettes. All other biomarkers significantly decreased after 1 week of using e-cigarettes (p < .05). After 1 week, the greatest percentage reductions in biomarkers levels were observed for metabolites of 1,3-butadiene, benzene, and acrylonitrile. Total NNAL, a metabolite of NNK, declined by 57% and 64% after 1 and 2 weeks, respectively, while 3-hydroxyfluorene levels declined by 46% at week 1, and 34% at week 2.”

In short, the Roswell team discovered that smokers who completely switch to vaping without dual usage can lower their exposure to major carcinogens and toxins commonly found in combustible tobacco by as much as 57 percent within the first 7-days.  After two weeks, those numbers can climb as high as 64 percent or greater.  The Roswell Park research entitled Exposure to Nicotine and Selected Toxicants in Cigarette Smokers Who Switched to Electronic Cigarettes: A Longitudinal Within-Subjects Observational Study is published online via the Oxford Academic Nicotine and Tobacco Research website.  In other vaping news, the American Cancer Society has also recently endorsed vaping as a significantly safer alternative to smoking – finally!

Related Article:  American Cancer Society officially endorses vaping – finally!

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Study shows switching to vaping reduces carcinogens by over 60% in just two weeks

With all these cities trying to pass flavor bans on vaping, it’s time to look at the FACTS! Vaping is NOT as dangerous to one’s health as smoking! IN FACT, ITS FAR LESS CARCINOGENIC!

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New York joins San Francisco in effort to ban vaping sales of flavored e-liquids

New York has NOT ONE but TWO BILLS to BAN FLAVORED E-LIQUIDS making their way through the approval process. Will the vaping community take action to prevent this from happening? Or will this be a repeat of San Francisco’s #PropE debacle?

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