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The day has come where we finally get a solid report that equates the rise of e-cigarette usage to the successes of finally quitting that terrible habit of smoking.
Only thing is, this report voyages across the Atlantic and emerging from the wonderful land of the monarch, the sovereign almighty Queen of England and the magnificent kingdom of the united (yes, the United Kingdom in other words – after all, they do come in a fancy accent so the introduction could very well be acceptable). To the facts now.
The University College London (one of the most prestigious schools throughout the United Kingdom – consider this as good as an Ivy League school in the United States) made a report in the British Journal of Industrial Medicine (BMJ) which indicated that successful attempts to finally quit smoking your traditional conventional tobacco cigarettes were coupled with the switch to vaping e-cigarettes. The rise in e-cigarette usage is suggested to be the most likely contributor to the fall in statistics of smoking in the United Kingdom.
In the United Kingdom alone, there is a reported 2 million e-cigarette users. Since this is only a report of those who have disclosed this usage to authorities, the likelihood that there are millions others out there in the United Kingdom that are already vaping up is very high.
Despite the heavy controversies revolving around the use of e-cigarettes, the BMJ has issued a report displaying a “growing consensus” throughout the U.K.’s health organizations that e-cigarettes are a deterrence and a helpful crux for those avid tobacco smokers looking to call it quits. Further, e-cigarettes have been suggested to have a significant effect on the reduction of lung diseases as well as premature deaths which is a strong indication in those who smoke the conventional tobacco cigarette.
Although this growing consensus is indeed published by the BMJ themselves, the opposition still exists with advocates stating that e-cigarettes are in fact as harmful as tobacco cigarettes and in any event, due to the very early existence of e-cigarettes, not enough time has passed in order to fully assess a full lifetime cycle of a e-cigarette users (seeing as e-cigarettes only gained momentum in the markets as early as in the year 2009).
The BMJ study reports that in 2015, e-cigarettes may have been the underlying factor which assisted an additional 18,000 long-term tobacco cigarette smokers to move forward in their lives by putting their chronic smoking addiction behind them. Acknowledgement is given in that the figure may not be massive however, according to the researchers, the figure is still considered to be “clinically significant” due to the major health benefits attached to stopping cigarette smoking.
An example given by the researchers is as follows: in the event a constant smoker who was 40 years old stopped smoking completely, the increased life expectancy would jump to a 9 year gain. Quite a bold statement don’t you think seeing as that 9 year gain gives that 40 year old smoker an additional lifespan of 22.5% of his age.
Nevertheless, the study did make it clear that the report was based on a very observational perspective and that the report is not to be used as a sole validation that e-cigarettes are in fact the safe haven helping smokers to quit their traditional tobacco smoking ways.
Interestingly enough, the researchers were of the opinion that the increase usage of e-cigarettes did not have an apparent change in the overall attempts made to stop traditional tobacco smoking (this is in comparison to the statements of successful attempts to stop smoking where they did find the connection).
Despite the above link not being found, the researchers did however find that the rise in e-cigarette usage is in fact closely related to the decline of prescription nicotine replacement treatments throughout the United Kingdom. Seeing as the e-liquids contained inside the e-cigarette (the fuel to the vaporizer) contain nicotine, this pretty much could be viewed as a very appealing and therapeutic way of calming down from the nicotine withdrawals.
According to John Britton, the professor of epidemiology of the School of Medicine at Nottingham University, the study issued by BMJ indicates that “successful quitting through substitution with electronic cigarettes is a likely contributor to the falling prevalence of smoking.”
The studies are indeed very fascinating seeing as we haven’t been able to congregate our own nation to focusing on the good aspects of e-cigarette usage and ironically enough, a renowned country on the other side of the Atlantic has several medical institutions which are very much open to the idea that e-cigarettes could be for the better and not for the worse. We could definitely learn a thing or two from England and can only hope for the best for our e-cigarette culture here in the United States.