There’s an official term for bodily fatal consequences that are more self-influenced than naturally occurring. It’s “preventable death and disease”. This doesn’t come as a surprise to anyone when they realize that smoking is the leading cause of that effect.
Unfortunately, since vaping involves the emission of vapors, it’s been tied to the very thing it’s meant to replace and prevent. Vaping is a tool to help smokers quit or/and make the transition to a safer option. However, rules regulating its usage and application are getting stricter by the day. This includes the war against flavored e-liquids and it aims for an outright ban.
Fortunately, in this case, the opposition is armed with peer-reviewed facts and evidence for its value rather than fear and irrational potentials. In fact, the latest research we’re talking about here discovered something important. Falvored e-liquids help smokers quit more effectively than e-liquids with tobacco falvors.
It’s a reactionary effect for both sides of the debate. While the “pro-vaping” community simply takes the finding of the research as a logical deduction and adds to the mounting evidence in favor of vaping, the opposing anti-vapers brush it off as inconclusive.
According to the latter camp, vaping is often mostly favored by teens, most of whom would make the transition to actual tobacco smoking in later years. While only time can refute or ascertain the assumptions, we do have another piece of evidence that supports the value of flavored vaping juice for adults.
The Latest Report
Guided by the leadership of Dr. Nicholas Goldenson, the researchers of the University of Southern California sought to better understand the effects of flavored e-liquids on both teens and adults.
The actual purpose of their study was to identify the differencing fine-facts, which could help in setting more rational regulations concerning vaporizers. There’s no doubt about the disastrous effects of tobacco smoking but when it comes to the long-term effects of vaping, the opposing parties are much more vigorous.
Vaping’s value as an invaluable tool in quitting tobacco isn’t actually contested either. What is doubted is the effect of sweetened e-liquid flavors on teens, which is expected to lure the young people into regular vaping and eventually, smoking.
According to the research, when it comes to adult smokers trying to quit, sweet flavored juices are more effective than tobacco flavored ones. As a byproduct of the study, it’s also been found that menthol is favored more by women than men.
Instead of praising vaping directly, the research clearly defined the distinct importance and value of sweet-flavored e-liquids for adult vapers. Anti-vapers who support the ban rationalize their stance by saying that the aforementioned flavors, including the fruity ones, are mostly favored by teens than adults.
But this claim is being refuted more and more by regular researches. In fact, Dr. John Buckell, professor of Yale, even suggested in one of his reports that this ban will only help Big Tobacco more than adults trying to quit and add to the number of teenage smokers.
The Evidence in Support
This new report adds to the already mounting peer-reviewed evidence in support of vaping.
The first big hit was by Public Health England, back in 2015, which factually presented how vaping is actually 95% safer than tobacco smoking. While it was major news back then, more and more researches results that pretty much mirrored the earlier finding.
The study conducted by Roswell Park Cancer Institute concluded that the number of toxicants found in the vapor from flavored e-liquids is 93% lower than what we find in cigarette smoke. What’s more, another report from the Journal of Aerosol Sciences claimed that vapers are 57,000 times less likely to develop various lifetime cancers than smokers.
But even if we ignore the harm reduction value of vaping, the case against the ban still retains its ground. A research conducted by the University of Louisville studied the most common cessation/transition tools to grade them by efficiency and the results are easily conclusive.
Not only did the research marked vaping as the most effective way but also selected it as the tool most likely to succeed. And as the cherry on top, we have the result of the study conducted by the Action on Smoking and Health. This study found that only 0.1% of about 60,000 non-smoking teens ever vape more than once or twice.
The Positive Conclusion
The number of evidence “for” vaping is great but adding to it only makes the case more flexible and versatile. This is especially important since vaping is the most effective tool to curb the effects of smoking: the number one stimulant for preventable death and disease.
If the battle is not fought now, there might come a time when we won’t have any say in the matter at all. To secure our vaping rights, all we need to do is to spread the news and inform the members of our friends and family who smoke about the facts and advantages of vaping.