Drug dependency and addiction expert David Nutt declared in a BBC interview that if only every smoker switches to electronic cigarettes then there would be no more smoking problem. He hailed electronic cigarettes that the latest medical miracle since the vaccine.
Nutt, who got the ire of authorities for his alternative stand on addiction, is now supporting the fact that electronic cigarettes can help save millions of lives. His approach to electronic cigarettes should be the model of countries around the world. Most of the countries are favoring for more regulation and even banning the devices that are much vilified just like their conventional counterparts.
There is a division among health experts on the health benefits and the impact of electronic cigarettes. About six million people die each year from smoking and about a billion have died from smoking in the 20th century. Each year about 400,000 Americans die from smoking and it is not going to change soon. Each day, about 3,000 new smokers are taking up the habit. It would take a miracle for the government to achieve its goal to push down the population of American smokers down to 12 percent from the current 18 percent by the end this decade.
A citywide indoor ban on vaping has taken effect in key cities in America. The European Parliament voted to ban extra-strength electronic cigarettes. Proposal for tighter control and advertising bans on electronic cigarettes are pushed by anti-vaping groups. The Food and Drug Administration is being pressured to put its foot down and grip electronic cigarettes by the neck.
Most of the fears of those against vaping is about the revival of smoking. They are not looking at the overwhelming fact that vapes can help smokers quit. Data shows that smokers are able to quit with the help of electronic cigarettes. The problem is that there is no large-scale and long-term study that will unfurl the huge benefits that electronic cigarettes can provide. They just dismiss all of these data and cast a grim picture on vapes as if it is not helping to stop tobacco.
Electronic cigarettes were invented to specifically target one industry, Big Tobacco. The problem with anti-vaping people are not keen to recognize the contributions of vapes in helping smokers quit. Rather they are on the offensive and somewhat took a puritan stand on anti-smoking. It is quitting or none at all, they seem to say.
They don’t like electronic cigarettes one bit to the point they are not afraid to spread lies and rumors. They are out to destroy the credibility of vapes, which has been barely established. They fear that electronic cigarettes may once again glorify smoking and thus smokers are forever imprisoned in their own addiction to nicotine.
The problem with the lies that are being spread is that there is no basis for their accusations. Available data prove that there is no basis for their apprehensions about electronic cigarettes. The vaping industry accepts any kind of regulation that will ensure only smokers trying to quit will get their hands on vaping. But, regulations should not stifle the growth and the potential to help.