Start Vaping to Quit Smoking, Recommends UK
If you thought that smoking electronic cigarettes was just what the cool kids on the block were doing for no apparent reason, you were wrong. A prominent medical organization in the UK has recognized e-cigarettes as a much healthier alternative to traditional cigarettes (made of tobacco) and is therefore, recommending smokers to take up vaping if they wish to quit the habit of smoking.Advertisement
Contradicting the popular notion about e-cigarettes in the United States, the benefits of vaping, when compared to smoking, was clearly dished out in the official recommendation from the Royal College of Physicians on Thursday, reports The New York Times. The extensive studies conducted by the medical organization concluded that the science involved behind e-cigarettes (which vaporize liquid nicotine) make them far more beneficial rather than harmful. However, the idea that vaping might remind some people about the so-called “delights” of smoking normal cigarettes and eventually make them fall back to old habits was not a concern that was addressed in the report.
The head of the research committee, John Britton, who is also the director of the U.K. Center for Tobacco and Alcohol Studies at the University of Nottingham, stated, “This is the first genuinely new way of helping people stop smoking that has come along in decades”. According to him, e-cigarettes seems to have “have the potential to help half or more of all smokers get off cigarettes. That’s a huge health benefit, bigger than just about any medical intervention.”
The United States, especially the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has always been vehemently opposed to encouraging vaping, owing to ever-growing instances of teen smoking in the country. When the CDC was contacted by The Verge to comment on UK’s report, it refused to do so. However, it did have something else to say on e-cigarettes:
“There is currently no conclusive scientific evidence supporting the use of e-cigarettes as a safe and effective cessation tool. The science thus far indicates most e-cigarette users in the United States continue to smoke conventional cigarettes.”
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