Vaping vs. smoking: is vaping really safer than tobacco?

It seems inconceivable that some people still aren’t convinced that vaping’s definitely a healthier activity than smoking. But some still aren’t. And that’s even factoring in that, in recent years, a body no less reputed than Public Health England has categorically stated that e-cigs are 95% safer than smoking, while the equally as well-respected Cancer Research UK charity body has made clear that it supports vaping in the fight against smoking relating diseases.

In fact, it was reported back in 2015 that e-cigs alone (comprising e-liquid bought from the likes of a vape shop Bromley) managed to help as many as 49 people a day, on average, to stop smoking. And it’s surely safe to assume too that, three years later, with the uptake of vaping only ever increasing, that number’s gone up exponentially.

The need to combat negative headlines

So why all the negative headlines about vaping? Is it just that the public require more and more – ideally, constant – education about e-cigs over traditional tobacco-packed cigarettes? It’s a situation that frustrates Linda Bauld, Professor of Health Policy at the University of Sterling.

“Since I last wrote about e-cigarettes in this column one year ago, headlines about the dangers of these devices have continued to appear and show no sign of abating”, she has said. “The result is clear. More people believe today, compared with a year ago, that e-cigarettes are as harmful as smoking. In fact, these incorrect perceptions have risen year on year.

“With the headlines set to continue … coupled with new WHO (World Health Organisation) guidelines that look at severely limiting or banning the sale of e-cigarettes in certain countries, public opinion looks set to be at an all-time low.”

Clear support from Cancer Research UK

As noted, however, Cancer Research UK has spoken out about how beneficial vaping can be in the fight to reduce tobacco addiction. It’s this addiction to using cigarettes that results in so many people not being able to avoid developing cancer in their lives (or, at least, greatly increasing the chance they will).

And, as proved by statistics (such as the one stated in the opening to this article), vaping is beginning to play a hugely significant role in aiding people to overcome their tobacco/ cigarette addictions; vaping, for them, can still deliver the nicotine hit they need and/ or desire it, but comes with none of the oh-so harmful effects of tobacco and its tar, packed full of incredibly toxic chemicals. Cancer Research UK then has quite categorically stated that e-cigs bought from a vape shop UK can help people quit smoking.

Research uncovers evidence

So, how come can Cancer Research UK be so confident in its claims? Well, through evidence gleaned from research it’s funded for the subject. Indeed, Cancer Research UK-funded scientists have found that individuals who’ve swapped cigarettes for e-cigs for at least six months have dramatically lower levels of toxic and cancer-causing substances in their bodies than those who’ve continued to using conventional cigarettes across the same period of time. The dame study has also shown that a complete switchover from tobacco to vaping was necessary to achieve this positive result, rather than a mish-mash effort that sees smokers continue to smoke while also trying out vaping.

That said, being the responsible organisation it is, Cancer Research UK also stresses that there should be sufficient regulation when it comes to the distribution of vaping products; for instance, according to them, vaping should certainly not be presented as an attractive activity to potentially under-age vapers (i.e. children). However, the charity also claims there’s not enough evidence at present ‘to justify an indoor ban on e-cigarettes.’

Indeed, as Alyssa Best, a policy adviser at Cancer Research UK, reports: “The evidence is showing e-cigarettes can help beat the tobacco epidemic. And when they have the potential to save millions of lives, should we just sit back and wait?”.