Although vaping is a relatively new phenomenon, a lot of research has shown how much safer vaping is compared to smoking. Vaping has also been proven to almost double the chances of quitting cigarettes for good. With all this research and evidence showing the benefits of vaping as a way of helping smokers quit smoking, it was only a matter of time before the medical profession in the United Kingdom came out in support of vaping.
Some of us might’ve expected this support to come earlier as helping people quit smoking is such a major focus in the healthcare profession. Others might be surprised that this has happened at all, considering all the negative public misconceptions surrounding vaping. Either way it is great to have more official support as vaping continues to grow and help millions of smokers around the world quit cigarettes for good.
The Royal College of Physicians has released a report which confirms a lot of the positive facts that we’ve already known about vaping. The report agrees that there is resounding evidence that vaping is beneficial when quitting smoking and that vaping is much safer than smoking. This report agrees with other medical organisations like the British Heart Foundation, Cancer Research United Kingdom and Public Health England which agree that vaping helps people quit smoking and lead healthier lives. The report also agrees that vaping is not encouraging new people to take up cigarettes.
This adds more weight to the evidence we already have that vaping is significantly safer than smoking and can make a huge difference to smokers trying to quit for good. The support of these medical and healthcare organisations should also help dispel some of the misconceptions and myths that surround vaping as many out there still believe that vaping is just as harmful as smoking.
Approximately seven million people die each year as a result of smoking related health problems. Quitting cigarettes is something many of us want to do and vaping has been proven to almost double the chances of quitting for good.
The Royal College of Physicians, or RCP, represents thousands of doctors around the world and is dedicated to promoting the best health and improving the practice of medicine. The RCP agrees with this research into how vaping can help smokers give up cigarettes. The Royal College of Physicians says smokers who use e-cigarettes or prescribed medications are more likely to quit permanently.
We’ve probably all heard the common misconception that vaping is just as harmful as traditional tobacco cigarette smoke. Despite all the research and growing amount of evidence that disproves this myth, the rumour remains popular.
Public Health England, which is part of the Department of Health and Social Care, agrees with the current research that vaping is at least 95% safer than cigarettes. While this doesn’t mean that vaping is entirely risk free, it is clearly significantly safer than smoking. And as so many of us use vaping to help quit smoking, this support is a big step in the right direction.
One of the co-authors of the Royal College of Physicians report has said that e-cigarettes have very little downside and a lot of potential benefits as well as being extremely positive for public health. And the Department of Health and Social Care have agreed, saying that evidence suggests that e-cigarettes are substantially less harmful than cigarettes.
The Royal College of Physicians report also emphasises that e-cigarettes are not a gateway to smoking, which is another popular misconception. The report says that these rumours are unfounded and points out that the number of smokers is at an all time low in countries where vaping is widespread.
Vaping By Prescription
At the moment doctors in the United Kingdom can only prescribe nicotine replacement therapies that have been certified as an aid to quitting smoking. And although there is a large and growing amount of evidence that vaping can almost double the chances of quitting smoking it will take time to get vaping products certified to be prescribed by a doctor.
A part of the problem is that there are a huge variety of vaping products available. Each one would need to be certified individually before it could be prescribed by a doctor to any smoker who wanted help quitting cigarettes.
Many organisations within the medical profession recognise the value of vaping as an aid to quitting smoking as well as being far less harmful than cigarettes. Because of this understanding, there are doctors who believe that having vaping products available on prescription is the way forward.
Smoking related illnesses cost the NHS billions of pounds. Offering products that have been proven to help people quit not only helps improve the lives of smokers who want to give up the harmful effect of cigarettes, it also saves the country money in the long run.
Quitting For Good
The support of organisations like the Royal College of Physicians, British Heart Foundation, Cancer Research United Kingdom and Public Health England are a great benefit to the vaping industry and all vapers in the country. Although these organisations are just agreeing with the growing weight of evidence that shows how beneficial vaping can be to smokers trying to quit, the opinion of these professional bodies can do a lot to encourage smokers to try vaping.
Their support can also help dispel the negative myths and misconceptions that have surrounded vaping since the beginning. Rumours about vaping being just as harmful as smoking, or encouraging new people to take up smoking or even that the ingredients are dangerous and unregulated are going to be harder to believe now that major organisations in the healthcare community are supporting vaping.
Only time will tell whether vaping will become available through the NHS with a doctor’s prescription. But the support of medical professionals in the United Kingdom is an encouraging sign for vaping and hopefully this will mean more smokers will turn to vaping to help them quit cigarettes for good.