Will Vaping Survive the Government’s Latest E-Cig Inquiry?

By now, it’s virtually impossible to keep track of every piece of e-cigarette research that comes out. We have all seen the reports – both the pros and the cons – regarding vaping. It’s obvious to everyone that there are significant gaps in the way we understand vaping. For a large portion of the vaping industry’s existence, there was no middle ground. They were either assumed to be a complete lifesaver or just as bad as tobacco cigarettes. Even now, more than 10 years on, the middle ground is that “vaping is a healthier alternative to smoking”. The consensus is that we simply don’t have enough data (yet) on the exact effects of vaping on our bodies. But, with the current research out there, it is said that e-cigs are 95% safer than tobacco cigarettes. That’s why a group of MPs are coming together to see just how effective e-cigs are and what the impact is on one’s health.

So, let us be the first ones to make this claim: if there is any effect on the vaping industry, it will be positive. Here are some of the primary examples of why this will, without a doubt, happen:

The Masses & E-Cig Lobby

Remember last year when research showed that between 2.5-2.8 million people in the UK vape? Yeah, well that number is now at over 3 million people. An industry this big is already too big to fail. Even in the highly unlikely event where data shows that e-cigs are minimally better than tobacco for your health, there’s simply too many people using e-cigarettes as a successful quit smoking tool. Furthermore, the e-cig lobby and the likes of SFATA have seen unbelievable success against (the early version of) Big Tobacco and other e-cig opponents. There’s no reason to believe they will fail in the future.

PHE and Other Health Groups

It’s no secret that Public Health England is in favour of electronic cigarettes, especially as a smoking cessation device. They confirmed it and then reaffirmed it a year later. And, there are others who have taken a staunchly positive stance on e-cigs including Cancer Research UK, the BMJ, UKCTAS, Dr. Konstantinos Farsalinos, Clive Bates, Dr. Michael Siegel, and of course renowned professor David Sweanor. Their research, contrary to other extremely vague and lobby-funded e-cig “research”, is in fact in-depth and supported with actual scientific data under real circumstances.

Big Tobacco Says Yes

Okay, we all hate Big Tobacco. It’s understandable, and we shouldn’t show love for them. Ever. But, in their defense, they are one of the primary reasons why e-cigs will prevail. Of course, it’s about the money/profits for them, but that doesn’t change the fact that this will help the vaping industry. They are not only investing heavily in the e-cigarette market but have also said, quote, “I believe there will come a moment in time where I would say we have sufficient adoption of these alternative products … to start envisaging, together with governments, a phase-out period for cigarettes. I hope this time will come soon.” This may be a short-term bluff as tobacco will continue to bring in the bulk of their revenue and profits, but e-cigs becoming their core business is definitely a long-term possibility.

Current Research

Yes, there is a plethora of research that doesn’t look good for vaping. But, most of this is just on the surface. If you take a closer look at it, most of the time the tests were carried out under unrealistic conditions. Or it rested on the opinion of one (yes – one) 17 year old. These are only two examples but there are a few dozen others. On the other hand, every piece of *real* research, the ones supported with scientific evidence, shows that e-cigs are overwhelmingly safe – like the aforementioned 95% safer than tobacco fact and e-cigs being a successful smoking cessation device. Or how about how vaping does not cause cancer, doesn’t get teens to start smoking, and has no second hand “smoke” effects. We are hard pressed to find a factual piece of e-cig research that shows they are dangerous.

The NHS Will Save Billions

It’s well-known that it costs the NHS a whopping £2 billion annually to treat people with diseases caused by smoking. E-cigs have yet to cost the NHS anything. Once the NHS fully realises how much they will save, e-cigarettes will be prescribed through them. It’s only a matter of time.

Too Little Too Late

These MPs that want sufficient data on the gaps in e-cig research want it presented to them by…wait for it…the 8th of December 2017 – in approximately 1.5 months’ time. That’s not a joke. Even for the most well-funded groups in the world, research of this magnitude would take close to a year, and likely a lot longer. There is no chance in hell that any research will find any conclusive evidence that suggests e-cigs are bad.

Given all of the above, it’s safe to say that vaping isn’t only here to stay but will thrive well into the future.

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