The Myths of Vaping
Vaping Demystified goes to great pains to uncover the truth and disprove the numerous misleading claims about vaping over the years to restore public confidence in its effectiveness as a cessation strategy. Face-to-face challenges to general views highlight the source of prevalent anxieties and finally provide facts as to why they are unfounded.
The movie itself discusses how media sensationalism and unregulated online journalism have fueled widespread mistrust of vaping. We encourage you to view it all to develop your judgments – following are five of the most common consumer questions, along with YCR’s balanced response:
According to what I’ve read, vaping is just as harmful as smoking – Is this correct?
When compared to smoking, vaping is far less dangerous. The health benefits of switching totally from smoking to vaping are likely to outweigh the risks of continuing to smoke.
Yorkshire Cancer Research supports the use of vaping products as a means of quitting smoking, as does Public Health England (PHE), which issued an independent review in February 2015 estimating that vaping is at least 95% less dangerous than smoking.
Since then, PHE has released six more independent e-cigarette reports, the most recent released last month. They have repeatedly stated that vaping is substantially less dangerous than smoking, as found in earlier studies.
In its guidelines for smokers, the NHS states, “In recent years, e-cigarettes have become a prevalent stop smoking assistance in the United Kingdom.” Vapes, often known as e-cigarettes, are significantly less dangerous than cigarettes and can help you stop for good.’
Thousands of compounds (such as tar and carbon monoxide) in tobacco smoke cause almost all of the harm caused by smoking. These compounds are either not present or are present at substantially reduced levels in vaping products since they do not contain or burn tobacco.
Although smoking rates are dropping, the proportion of smokers in Yorkshire (15.4%) is more significant than the national average (13.9 per cent). There are about 622 000 adult smokers in Yorkshire, half of whom will die from a smoking-related disease if they do not quit. Thousands of lives may be spared if all of these smokers switched to vaping goods.
We can lower the number of people in the region who die needlessly from smoking-related malignancies by disseminating the information that vaping and smoking are not the same and emphasising the usefulness of vaping as a tool to quit.
The NHS does not provide prescriptions for vaping products. Does this imply that they are unregulated? How do we know what’s in them?
The Tobacco and Related Products Rules 2016 in the United Kingdom include some of the strictest vaping regulations in the world.
These rules ensure that vaping products meet the highest quality and safety standards and packaging and labelling requirements that provide consumers with the information they need to make educated decisions. They involve nicotine intensity, health warnings, advertising, childproof packaging, and an ingredient prohibition.
Manufacturers of vaping products must provide thorough information about their product to the UK Medicines and Healthcare Products Regulatory Agency (MHRA), including a list of all chemicals.
Vaping items, I’ve heard, can be harmful to your lungs. Is this correct?
There have been reports in the media regarding a lung injury outbreak known as EVALI in the United States. People who employed vaping products with homemade or unlawful e-liquids, including cannabis products and a substance called vitamin E acetate, produced these occurrences of EVALI.
The Misuse of Drugs Act of 2010 makes it unlawful to consume cannabis in the UK, while the Tobacco and Related Products Regulations of 2016 make vitamin E acetate a banned substance. As a result, the risk of contracting EVALI while using a UK-regulated vaping product is negligible, with only one case reported in the UK compared to 2600 instances in the US.
Vaping goods have also been linked to an illness known as “popcorn lung.” This was created by the use of a chemical flavouring called diacetyl in e-liquids. The Tobacco and Related Products Regulations 2016 prohibit diacetyl from being used in e-liquids in the United Kingdom. As a result, using a UK-regulated vaping device and e-liquids won’t give you popcorn lung.
The risks of smoking took a long time to become fully understood. How can we be sure that vaping goods are safe? Isn’t there more study that needs to be done before people are urged to use them?
Since 2007, vaping goods have been accessible in the United Kingdom. They’re currently one of the most studied scientific subjects. There is extensive evidence on the short-term effects of their use, which shows that they are far less dangerous than smoking and are an effective and popular stop smoking aid.
What we do know is that smoking is Yorkshire’s greatest cause of avoidable cancer, with over 4500 new cancer cases diagnosed each year. If long-term smokers do not quit, one in every two will die prematurely. Thus action must be made now.
Some aspects of vaping indeed require further investigation, such as what might happen to someone’s health if they vape for a long time. On the other hand, Public Health England has repeatedly established that vaping is much less dangerous than smoking after conducting rigorous evidence assessments. We can’t afford to wait ten or twenty years for the long-term effects to be assessed while the health of hundreds of thousands of people in Yorkshire is impacted by tobacco smoke.
Vaping products, I’ve heard, can explode and cause fires. Is this correct?
Vaping-related fires are uncommon, about as common as mobile-phone-related fires. When they do happen, it’s usually because the battery has failed, so vapers should always use the charger that came with the device and avoid charging it for long periods, such as overnight.
The risk of fire from vaping products is much lower than the risk of fire from cigarettes, which are the most significant cause of death in residential households, causing approximately 2000 house fires each year.