There are still forty million smokers in the US today. Now many of these people enjoy smoking and it’s their right to do so. If you want to smoke and you understand the risks, that’s up to you. But what about the people who don’t want to smoke?
According to survey data, close to 70% of smokers would like to quit, but can’t. These guys aren’t making a free decision about what kind of lifestyle that they’d like to lead — they’re fighting a tough battle against a strong addiction, a battle that could easily kill them.
The data consistently shows that smokers die ten years earlier than nonsmokers and that smokers are far more susceptible to fatal or debilitating lung and heart diseases. For every pack-a-day smoker than made it to 90, there’s a handful of people who didn’t see their sixtieth birthday. Quitting smoking could save your life, or at least give you back the best part of a decade.
You might be thinking to yourself “why don’t they just quit?” If you were able to quit smoking cold turkey — congratulations. It’s not impossible, but it is extremely difficult. Only 7% of cold turkey quit attempts are successful, that’s close to just one in twenty.
It’s clear that those smokers who want to quit, but can’t, deserve a helping hand. Not a patch or gum that treats them as a patient, but an enjoyable alternative that happens to be less harmful too.
This is where e-cigarettes come in. In the US, there are a lot of people who stand to benefit from having smokers stay smokers, such as tobacco companies, pharmaceutical companies and even tax collectors. These people have made it their mission to fill the headlines with half-truths and outright lies that give vaping a bad reputation.
But on the other side of the Atlantic, in the UK, there has been a much more thoughtful discussion surrounding vaping. One of the best pieces of news for vapers was the announcement by Public Health England who found that vaping is likely to be “95% less harmful than smoking.”
In more recent news, the Royal College of Physicians — a collection of the best doctors in the UK — also independently found that vaping is 95% less harmful than smoking. They also found that vaping is not re-normalising smoking and that it is an effective quitting aid.
This comes on the back of the UK’s Department of Health finding that a million people have already successfully quit smoking through vaping. It might be time to ask yourself… could vaping save my life?