New statistics released by the American Cancer Society (ACS) show cancer death rates in the U.S. are dropping to record lows, and vaping is likely a significant contributing factor. The number of cancer-related deaths has plummeted by as much as 26 percent since 1991 and a whopping 1.7 percent in the last three years. This translated to approximately 350,000 smokers kicking the habit between 2014 and 2015 alone.
Even the ACS attributed these massive declines largely to the smoking cessation movement currently underway in America. According to numerous scientific studies, like the rapid rise in popularity of vaping is playing a significant role. In July of 2017, researchers from the University of California (UC) released a study which identifies a strong relationship between the consistently falling smoking rates compared to the uptick in e-cigarette use.
“The substantial increase in e-cigarette use among US adult smokers was associated with a statistically significant increase in the smoking cessation rate at the population level. These findings need to be weighed carefully in regulatory policy making regarding e-cigarettes and in planning tobacco control interventions.”
The ACS report entitled Cancer Statistics 2017 is published in the organization’s CA: A Cancer Journal for Clinicians. The report makes no mention of electronic cigarette or vaping as a possible contributing actor for the plummeting cancer-related death rates. However, the UC study reveals that roughly 65 percent of smokers who also vape are far more likely to quit smoking in the short term compared to only 40 percent of non-vaping smokers. Lead researcher Shu-Hong Zhu issued the following statement to a Reuters report.
“Other interventions that occurred concurrently, such as a national campaign showing evocative ads that highlight the serious health consequences of tobacco use, most likely played a role in increasing the cessation rate. But this analysis presents a strong case that e-cigarette use also played an important role.”
The ACS findings also support new statists released by the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) in July 2017. The CDC report shows a growing trend among young adults and teens choosing to avoid wither smoking or vaping altogether. In 2015, 16 percent of American teens reported using a vaping device at least once in the past year. That percentage dropped to 11.3 percent just one year later.
Vaping is 99 percent less carcinogenic than smoking, says study
The ACS findings are also supported by recent research out of the UK claiming that the second-hand vapor of electronic cigarettes is 99 percent less carcinogenic than the second-hand smoke of tobacco cigarettes. The study entitled Comparing the cancer potencies of emissions from vapourised nicotine products including e-cigarettes with those of tobacco smoke located on the BMJ Tobacco Control website suggests that as more smokers transition to vaping, their loved ones are also experiencing significantly reduced health risks associated with cancer-related disease caused by second-hand smoke.
As vaping rises in popularity and more and more smokers continue to quit, multiple demographics of the population seem to be benefiting. Still, the ACS warns that “tobacco remains by far the leading cause of cancer deaths today, responsible for nearly 3 in 10 cancer deaths.” Thankfully, the e-liquids used in electronic cigarettes is 100% tobacco-free.