The Media Targets us Again!
The article published by the Mail Online that claims that "Vapes DON’T help people quit smoking normal cigarettes" is based on a study conducted by George Washington University, which has several limitations. The study only includes data from 545 dual users, who decided to quit vaping over a 5-year period. This is a small sample size and the study was conducted in the US, where vaping has been demonized in the media due to a series of news stories and the influence of large tobacco companies.
However, other studies have shown the opposite results. A separate study by the JAMA Network found that smokers were eight times more likely to quit smoking when using e-cigarettes. Additionally, the NHS reported that between 2019 and 2020, 58-74% of vapers aiming to quit cigarettes were successful.
The negative press surrounding vaping in the UK can also have a negative impact on smokers wanting to quit. However, the UK government's attitude towards vaping is different, with organizations such as OHID, Cancer Research UK and the NHS all supporting vaping as a safer alternative to smoking.
It's important to note that the vaping industry is not without controversy and that there are risks associated with vaping, however, it is widely considered to be less harmful than smoking cigarettes, and the majority of scientific studies support that vaping can help smokers quit.