Recently, I found an updated statistic report on the rate of cancer-related deaths in the United States. It seems that cancer deaths have dropped 25% since 1991. So, I checked smoking statistics. And guess what friends, neighbors, and countrymen? The percentage of smokers has dropped by more than 24½% since 1997. Hmm…one must wonder if vaping could have anything to do with those statistics? INTERESTING NOTE: According to the American Cancer Society, plummeting cancer death rates can be attributed to the fact that fewer people are smoking.
“Conventional tobacco products are among (if not THE)
deadliest pieces of retail merchandise
that any adult can easily purchase (in almost any store).”
The CDC warns that smoking directly causes around 480,000 annual deaths in the U.S. – and that includes over 41,000 innocent non-smokers who die every year from exposure to secondhand smoke. As smoking is a major factor causing cancer, it stands to reason that fewer smokers would mean less death due to cigarette-related cancers.
INTERESTING NOTE: According to the CDC (Center for Disease Control), tobacco use is the “single largest preventable cause of death and disease in America.
Conventional tobacco products are among (if not THE) deadliest pieces of retail merchandise that any adult can easily purchase (in almost any store). Though both the smoking rates among Americans and the death rate among cancer sufferers are down, combustible tobacco products remain the cause for almost 20% of all death in America, still today. Smoking combustible tobacco brings about more death than illegal drugs, alcohol, vehicular accidents, HIV and gunshot wounds – combined. Sad facts that should concern us all.
INTERESTING NOTE: The graphics at this link show smoking statistics from 1997 through 2017: https://www.cdc.gov/nchs/data/nhis/earlyrelease/EarlyRelease201803_08.p
“65% of vapers began vaping in an attempt to stop smoking…”
America’s CDC also reports that smoking among American adults is now at 14.1%, down from 20.6% just a few years ago. And recently, New South Wales University’s Colin Medelsohn tweeted: “E-cigarettes can now enjoy some of the hype for being responsible in helping people to live smoke-free lives.” THANK YOU, Mr. Medelsohn. INTERESTING NOTE: A University of California study found that from 2014 to 2015, about 350,000 folks managed to free themselves from cigarette addiction – and they’ve deduced that this fact was substantially due to the use of vaping devices.
A revealing finding from the U.C. study was that only 40% of smokers who never try vaping ever attempt to stop smoking. But, a whopping 65% of vapers began vaping in an attempt to stop smoking. In 2016, over 2½ million ex-smokers were discovered to be active vapers. Call me crazy, but those statistics surely seem significant to me. Perhaps someone needs to let the vaping naysayers in on a bit of wisdom: “It’s hard to argue with the findings, Folks. Duh!” Hey, just a thought. Okay, I’m being a fit facetious perhaps, but isn’t it time that people with power to change things have a shifting of sentiments?
In January this year, the NAS (National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine) looked at numerous recent reports. Some 800 studies were analyzed by an appointed expert panel. The panel has said that “…e-cigarettes are safer than conventional cigarettes for individual smokers…” Does this signify a shift in the American discussion on vaping? Some nations (such as England, notably) move forward to promote vaping as a viable alternative to cigarette smoking. Now, it seems that the hard line the U.S. has held to prevent e-cigarette promotion may be softening. In the report, NAS authors say (again and again) that using e-cigs is “…far less harmful…” than cigarettes. When completely substituted for the use of combustible nicotine, they claim “conclusive evidence” that vaping lessens the user’s exposure to a vast array of carcinogens and other toxicants.
FDA’S TWO-FOLD PLAN:
“The overwhelming amount of death and disease
attributable to tobacco is caused by addiction to cigarettes –
the only legal consumer product that, when used as intended,
will kill half of all long-term users.”
In further research on FDA’s recent proposal to lower the allowable levels of nicotine in tobacco products, I’ve found that its Commissioner, Scott Gottlieb, said that in working to reduce nicotine allowances they would also work to “…offer less risky products for smokers who want or need nicotine…” Gottlieb has also said, “The overwhelming amount of death and disease attributable to tobacco is caused by addiction to cigarettes – the only legal consumer product that, when used as intended, will kill half of all long-term users.”
In an article published in the Chicago Tribune in January, Associated Press writer, Matthew Perrone spoke of the recent proposal and the Commissioner’s remarks. He said, “The FDA plan is two-fold: drastically cut nicotine levels in cigarettes so that they are essentially non-addictive. For those who can’t or won’t quit, allow lower-risk products that deliver nicotine without the deadly effects of traditional cigarettes.” Perhaps this will turn out to be a positive for the vaping industry. Hopefully, allowing lower-risk alternatives will make it possible to promote vaping as an acceptable method of harm reduction.
INTERESTING NOTE: At the very least, the FDA’s recent plan has pushed back the deadline for compliance with the regulation of vaping products from 2018 to 2022.
Let us all keep our fingers crossed that the FDA’s recently gained authority to regulate vaping devices will be tempered by recent studies. Wouldn’t it be spectacular if policymakers recognized and adopted the same stance on vaping that a growing number of other enlightened nations already hold? That would imply that they could begin to move ahead to promoting vaping as a viable means of what they’re calling harm reduction (meaning, I suppose among other things, those ‘less risky products’ that Mr. Gottlieb says the FDA wants to offer smokers). At any rate, let’s hope that the Food and Drug Administration begins to turn in that direction.
WILL IT OR WON’T IT?
It remains to be seen whether or not vaping can completely replace cigarette consumption and what total effect it will have on cancer incidents. But there are developing expectations that authorities will see vaping as a tool in harm reduction in the future.
“Never mind the nasty side effects!”
Come on! Realistically, what other viable substitutes are there in existence that actually work to satisfy the smoker’s needs to:
- Intake nicotine,
- Have something to do with his/her hands when stressed, or
- Provide the “final course” of a meal after dessert? (I know, a cigarette isn’t a meal course; however, how many smokers have you ever known who didn’t light up at the end of every meal?)
Do pills, patches, lozenges, inhalers or gums satisfy? Hardly. Even folks who manage to quit smoking using these medical means still have to deal with some measure of withdrawal and cravings. Never mind the nasty side effects. Nicotine gums alone can cause:
- Rashes, 5. Diahrrea,
- Headaches, 6. Mouth Sores,
- Blurred vision, 7. Plus other troublesome effects,
- Nausea, according to the Mayo Clinic.
INTERESTING NOTE: On the Mayo Clinic site, you can easily find the side effects of all the other nicotine substitution medications. Let’s face it – medical intervention is often the last resort after some poor smoker has already been diagnosed with one or more terrifying medical maladies brought on by smoking. By then, he or she must not only deal with the difficulties of having to quit smoking but with the merciless and disturbing consequences of a debilitating disease, too.
So, I ask again, “What other viable substitutes (for smoking) are in existence that actually work?” Almost without exception, vapers who’ve successfully kicked the cigarette habit say they’re healthier, breathe better, and don’t cough. Hey, I can testify that they definitely smell better! Who would not rather sport the delicious scent of strawberry custard than to reek of yucky cigarette smoke? Can I get an ‘Amen!’ to that?
A new evidence review from Public Health England (PHE) finds that vaping improves the success rate among smokers struggling to stop. Director for Health Improvement at Public Health England recently said, that in England, there’s a smoking-related hospital admission every single minute. INTERESTING NOTE: The result is some 79,000 fatalities every year in that tiny nation. It’s estimated that more than 50% of smokers just aren’t sure if vaping is safer than smoking. That’s sad because some of the most serious of researchers find that vaping is ‘at least’ 95% safer than smoking.” Even sadder would be one more smoking-related death that could have been prevented.
Ann McNeill, a professor at London’s King’s College expressed concern that most people think that nicotine is the major disease-producing element in cigarettes. She has gone on to say that the real culprit is, in fact, the toxin-releasing smoke they produce. HERE’S A FUN FACT: Happily, vaping produces NO smoke. That’s right! No smoke at all. Only water vapor. You breathe water vapor in the shower, in the rain, or when you stand over a cooking pot. Oh, yeah – and when you vape.
The PHE reports that 20,000 or more smokers in England each year could stop smoking just by implementing the use of e-cigs, and that vaping should be ‘widely encouraged’. INTERESTING NOTE: English reporters say that shops in hospitals ought to be selling vaping equipment!
OTHER VOICES CHIME IN:
The American Cancer Society’s scientific summary in their Position Statement on Electronic Cigarettes, released in February states, “Based on the currently available evidence, using current generation e-cigarettes is less harmful than smoking cigarettes…” According to a New York Times article, there’s conclusive evidence that “…completely substituting e-cigarettes for conventional cigarettes reduces users’ exposure to many chemicals and carcinogens that are in conventional cigarettes…”
Just don’t slap your brains out
Ever seen anyone slap his forehead with his palm when he suddenly ‘got’ something? (I call that the idiot’s high-five. ?) Hey, I’m hoping some of vaping’s naysayers will ‘get it’ as the truth about vaping becomes common knowledge. When they finally do ‘get it,’ I suspect they’ll want to smack themselves silly. We’ll all pray the hardliners don’t slap themselves so hard it knocks their brains loose. ?
Last month, research surfaced that claims that if every American who smokes cigarettes suddenly stop smoking, nearly 6½ million fewer people would die prematurely and almost 87 million years of life would be saved! (This according to David Abrams, Ph.D. of New York University’s College of Global Public Health.) Abrams went on to say, “E-cigarettes could provide a means to compete with, and even replace, cigarette use, saving more lives more rapidly than previously possible.”
MY HUMBLE OPINION:
“It’s high time to celebrate!”
I’m not a doctor or a medical researcher, but the last time I checked, I still do have a brain. It sure seems obvious to me that anyone with an open mind could see that vaping’s popularity is helping further the decline in the number of American smokers – in a large part, at the very least. INTERESTING NOTE: For Pete’s sake, 65% of vapers declare they took up vaping and STOPPED smoking.
If it’s true that vaping is responsible for millions of people achieving their goal to quit smoking – and according to everyone who has quit smoking after taking up vaping, it IS true – then, it stands to reason that vaping could very well share responsibility for the drastic decline in smoking-induced, cancer-related fatalities. It’s high time to celebrate! Everyone should be happily celebrating the current findings, should they not? Hence, everybody with a brain should be celebrating vaping! Shout it from the rooftops, Folks. Vaping is more than a passing fad. It’s a modern, life-changing phenomenon.
I look forward to hearing your thoughts, so scroll on down the page and leave your ideas in the comment section below. When I’ve had my say here, I’m always excited to read what you have to say, too. So, pretty please, leave a few words in the spot I put there just for you. And as always, stay calm and vape on!