Vaping as a means to stop smoking is now fully endorsed by many official bodies in the UK, although there are still some negative headlines out there. The main reason for this is of course that bad news (even if it's not true) sells more papers than good news. It's also true to say that the suppliers of traditional methods of quitting such as patches, gum, sprays and inhalers are seeing a significant loss of revenue, and unsurprisingly are often behind negative reports. Frightening headlines are regularly presented as fact by lazy jounalists, when in many cases they are opinions with no scientific basis. If in doubt, follow the money!
So let's dispel a few widely quoted myths.
Myth No. 1 - Children vaping is on the rise and is a gateway to smoking.
There is no credible evidence to support this claim; while teenage vaping is indeed rising, teenage smoking rates are falling which suggests that vaping is a gateway away from smoking. Only a very small percentage (less than 1%) of young people have taken up vaping without being smokers first and in many cases they are using juice with no nicotine! And, by the way, nicotine should not be confused with tobacco - many negative reports (most notably from the USA) conflate nicotine with tobacco, so headlines such as 'Teenage tobacco use is rising' are highly misleading. Follow the money...
Myth No.2 - Vaping is as bad or worse for you than smoking.
Again, again this is a widely publicised headline which has no basis in fact. One particular set of tests grossly overheated the devices which would cause the liquid to decompose and the internal wick to burn, producing some quite nasty stuff to be released. The taste of this is intolerable to any vaper (it's called a dry puff) but in spite of this, the headlines received wide coverage in the media.
Myth No. 3 - Nicotine is carcinogenic and highly addictive.
No it isn't. In fact there is some evidence to suggest that there are cognitive benefits and that it also helps in offsetting the onset of some types of dementia. Cigarettes are also deliberately laced with ammonia and other additives increasing the 'hit' and reward factor. Many ex-smokers turned vapers will confirm that cravings are significantly reduced and current thinking is that - when separated from a cigarette - nicotine is no more addictive that caffeine.
So if you're thinking of trying vaping, don't be put off by the barrage of ill founded press headlines. Vaping is estimated by Public Health England to be at least 95% safer than smoking (See this Video too) - and your wallet will notice the difference too. In the meantime, here's more Mythbusting from the UEA.
If you or someone you know would like to consider Vaping then please feel free to call Tony Wright on 01775 714303 for unbiased and helpful advice. We're giving a lot of space to vaping to both counteract the predominantly negative press, and also to support many authorities' views that stopping smoking by way of vaping is potentially a game changer for public health.
Disclaimer: Tony does not speak on behalf of the NHS and has no commercial interests in Vaping!