Thursday, October 26, 2017

Vaping Ban, necessary or all smokes and mirrors?




 Here's an extensive research over vaping:

The recent news about the government of India planning to ban vaping is doing the rounds. According to experts in the industry this decision has been taken without extensive research and analysis. An association of vapers has also taken up the matter in the courts to fight for their rights, the intent is to inform the government that they must work together and educate the tobacco consumers and in turn save lives.

ENDS(electronic nicotine delivery systems) are battery-operated devices that create vapor by heating a mix of  propylene glycol,vegetable glycerin and flavour which when inhaled feels like smoking a cigarette but prevents carcinogenic content entering the lungs.There are certain myths which are present around e-cigarettes which has put the whole concept of e-cigarettes in bad light.

Sixty years of science has proven that smoking is a very risky activity. Around half of all long-term smokers will die prematurely from its effects.

The science of vaping is much newer, but what we do know is that no serious or widespread harms have been proven. Nicotine in its pure form either in cigarettes or e-cigs, or other nicotine products, has not been shown to be carcinogenic. Long-term studies of nicotine replacement therapy (NRT) and Swedish snus users show no verifiable link between nicotine and cancer. Cancers from smoking are caused by the combustion of tobacco. The smoke forms a sticky chemical slurry called tar, and the tar coats delicate parts of the lungs. Over the course of years, the damage created by tar in the lungs can lead to tumor growth.

Electronic cigarettes are at least 95% safer than the traditional cigarettes. A study included two years of data (2014 and 2015) from the National Health Interview Survey (NHIS).

Data from a sample of 15,532 recent smokers (either current or those who quit on or after 2010) revealed 25% were former smokers and of those 52% who quit in the last five years were daily users of e-cigarettes versus 28% of those who never used e-cigarettes.The authors of the study concluded that, “daily e-cigarette use was the strongest reason to quit at the time of the survey, suggesting that some smokers may have quit with frequent e-cigarette use or are using the products regularly to prevent smoking relapse.”


The government of New Zealand has supported the use of e-cigarettes and will make it legal to vape in accordance with their mission to make their country smoke-free by 2025.Associate Health Minister Nicky Wagner has announced the sale of nicotine e-cigarettes and e-liquid will be made legal and will likely come into force late next year."Scientific evidence on the safety of e-cigarettes is still developing but there's a general consensus that vaping is much less harmful than smoking," she stated.


Speaking on the occasion, Nilesh Jain, Founder of ivape.in said that “Based on current knowledge in philosophy, pharmacology and toxicology there are no grounds for supporting that vaping could be particularly harmful. Moreover a legit ban on the business of ENDS may substantially increase smuggling and clandestine trade of e-cigarettes in the country,with no assurity of standard quality products.”
   

To conclude, as Prof. John Britton, Chair, Tobacco Advisory Group, Royal College of Physicians stated "If all the smokers in Britain stop smoking cigarettes and started smoking e-cigarette we would safe 5 million deaths in people who are alive today. It's a massive potential public health price." 

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