It’s Official: UK Government, Among Others, Firmly Supports Vaping

As if we didn’t know already, e-cigs are by far the best option for people to quit smoking tobacco. But of course, research and statistics don’t mean anything to many politicians, Big Pharma/Tobacco executives and the anti-vaping community on a whole. It seems like no matter how much we shove it in their face, they just come right back like a punching bag.

Well, we’re here to get the word out again so that this punching bag may finally break off the chain and fall to the ground for good.

Everyone who knows a thing or two about e-cigarettes has heard of Public Health England. They were the first official government body in the entire world to come out and support e-cigarettes. The now famous “95% safer than tobacco” line literally came from Public Health England.

They are here to help better public health overall. They have employed various tactics to help reduce the smoking rates in the UK, and this should truly be recognised more often. The work they do is phenomenal. From their Stoptober campaigns to their various stop smoking services and even a support app, there are no shortage of ways for people to try and quit smoking with their assistance. The only issue was that PHE was not satisfied by their results. Sure, the smoking rates have declined year over year for decades, but it was nothing drastic. It took 50 years to get to where we are today.

Enter: vaping. Over the past five years, we have seen a tremendous decline in tobacco smoking rates in the UK, and possibly even better than over the entire past aforementioned 50 years. The data shows that this can be heavily attributed to e-cigarettes, and now Public Health England has the research to back this up by using Cancer Research UK’s study on smoking rates.

First and foremost, the study shows that more than 50% of the 3 million e-cigarette users in the UK have completely stopped smoking. This is far better than the 3-8% of people who successfully quit tobacco with any other NRT (nicotine replacement therapy) product (up yours Big Pharma). Secondly, quit success rates are at their highest levels in 10 years…again, thanks to e-cigarettes. And to top all of this off, the National Institute for Health and Care Excellence (NICE) essentially says that health professionals should encourage smokers who are interested in e-cigs to use them to quit.

How can anyone say anything bad about e-cigarettes anymore? Aside from the two points above: e-cigs are 95% safer than tobacco. They don’t cause smoking related diseases. You can’t overdose on nicotine from vaping. Second hand vapour isn’t dangerous to others what-so-ever. There is no evidence to suggest that teens are using e-cigs to get into tobacco (it’s not a gateway “drug”). These are just a handful of benefits that e-cigarettes bring to the table.

Everyone needs to understand that quitting tobacco is a process. It generally doesn’t happen overnight or cold-turkey. Let’s hope the entire world finally understands this fact and also the research and statistics behind e-cigs wild success.

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