Yorkshire Cancer Research Demystifying Negativity Around Vaping

Yorkshire Cancer Research Demystifying Negativity Around Vaping

Yorkshire Cancer Research Demystifying Negativity Around Vaping

In the UK, the government, NHS and NGOs such as Yorkshire Cancer Research are promoting vaping as the ideal way to help someone quit smoking.

And while they don’t say it’s healthy, because it’s not, in a documentary Vaping Demystified by Cancer Research the NGO is eager to deny all the negativity surrounding vaping.

It says on the documentary ‘there are over 4,000 new cases of cancer every year,’ and that ‘seven out of ten lung cancers are related to smoking.’

Cigarettes contain about 6000 different dangerous chemicals, in comparison vaping liquids typically contain Nicotine Propylene Glycol (PG), Vegetable Glycerin (VG) and Food Flavourings, none of which have not been associated with any serious risks to one’s health. And of course, you can get nicotine free vape juices.

‘Vaping is far less harmful than smoking,’ said Stuart Griffiths, the Director of Research at Yorkshire Cancer Research. ‘To switch your smoking fully to using an e-cigarette, it's a dramatic change in what you're doing to your body in terms of harm.’

Griffiths said he sees vaping as ‘a major innovation in the tobacco and nicotine field that will ultimately render cigarettes obsolete,’ although he did concede there was no evidence of the long term effects of vaping.

Why the negativity?

Many critics of vaping claim it’s just as bad for you as smoking, but this has been proven to be false. And even if there is no long term evidence vaping is one of the most heavily researched industries. 

The documentary discusses how nicotine based e-liquids are an effective way of reducing the harm from tobacco, because you can regulate and reduce the amount of tobacco delivered into your system.

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The Director of Research at Yorkshire Cancer Research criticised British newspapers for sensationalising unproven news about vaping to sell papers. Much of the misinformation is especially coming out of the USA, such as healthy teenager coming down with lung damage caused by vaping.

There have been many more from America, but these highly publicised scare stories were published by the British media, so the negative connotations around vaping was only exacerbated.

It's important to note that regulations in the UK are much stricter than America, where you can get e-Liquids with as much as 50mg of nicotine. And of course, there are vapestore that sell counterfeit goods.

It's believed much of the negative news also came from research sponsored by tobacco giant Phillip Morris International, who had much more to lose because of the effectiveness of vaping's ability to help people quit smoking.

Even the World Health Organization (WHO) are opposed to vaping, and they believe that nations should ban vaping, and the UK with its positive attitude to vaping as having overstepped the mark.

It’s OK for ex-smokers to vape, but surely teenagers vaping is the main worry?

While vaping has a bad rap, and many criticise the industry for selling flavours and bright colourful packaging that appeal to young underage people.

And while nobody wants any young person to just take up vaping, is there a danger that more young people will vape because of the delicious, sounding flavours and colourful packaging.

Not so, says Dr Sharon Cox, Senior Researcher at the University College London. ‘It looks like the young people that are vaping are also those young people that have smoked or potentially would have smoked,’ she said.

‘We have seen no epidemic of e-cigarette use among youth in the UK. The fact is kids do risky things so the question is how risky are these things and how much effort should you put in to stop them?’

Cancer Research wouldn’t promote vaping as a way to stop smoking if it wasn’t effective or harmful

Smoking is notoriously difficult to stop, and evidence proves that people who take up vaping to help them quit are less likely to take up smoking again. 

Smoking costs the NHS millions of pounds every year. So, if vaping helps someone stop smoking, and then eventually wean themselves off vaping by lowering their nicotine levels, isn’t vaping a good thing?

There are no nicotine disposable vapes now being sold, so the move away from nicotine is clear.

And while Cancer research don’t want any non-smoker to take up vaping, they and the NHS are actively pushing vaping as a less harmful way to control one’s habit.

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