A recent study organised in South Carolina has emerged demonstrating that vaping is less addictive than smoking. Electronic cigarette users are less tempted to smoke than those hooked on traditional cigarettes. As a result, they are more easily able to reduce consumption and quit smoking eventually.
The study was overseen and has the stamp of approval of the Medical University of South Carolina (MUSC). E-cig users were said to use their device 37 % less often than smokers use cigarettes. Such results indicate that electronic cigarettes are a reliable smoking cessation device, allowing smokers to curb the habit. Vaping would in this case be demonstrably less addictive than smoking. This subject was also referred to in our article on the subject of nicotine.
Doctor Matthew Carpenter, a specialist in smoking cessation research at MUSC, highlighted the advantages of e-cigarettes. Proving less dangerous for health, the technology helps reduce the risk of developing dangerous diseases for smokers. While this is progress, there remains a great deal of study to determine exactly how harmful to health e-cigs can be in the long term.
Backing e-cigs in the fight against tobacco
Other experts in the field of smoking cessation and smoking health risks are tending towards the same conclusions. Marewa Glover, professor at the Massey Public Health University, believes that electronic cigarettes need more government support. In her opinion, for smokers, the main obstacle to vaping is the upfront cost. She believes that governments should provide business incentives to e-cig manufacturers for public health reasons, allowing smokers to switch to vaping more easily.
Certain in the Health Ministry have been quoted saying that vaping is an effective method to stop smoking. Given the low levels of toxic elements in e-cigarette vapour, this opinion is gaining ground.
Given the safety of this alternative, electronic cigarettes may even benefit from lightened regulations in 2018. It remains to be seen if American health institutions, inspired by the UK, will ever make e-cigs an official and government-recommended substitute to cigarettes.