Surprisingly we have been blessed with not one, but two pieces of good news today. One from what we generally think of as a decidedly anti-vaping publication. The message is now loud and clear, the UK has not changed its stance and public health bodies are standing by their statement. Vaping is less harmful than smoking, it is STILL at least 95% safer than smoking.
Our articles over the last few days have thoroughly cemented our stance regarding the recent anti-vaping news. “There is never a situation where it is better to smoke than vape”, and now it looks like the headlines are following suit.
Sky news published an article “US vaping deaths linked to THC – not nicotine”. The US Centre for Disease Control (CDC) have now stated that the reports coming out of the US predominantly point towards the use of illicit cannabis products, NOT vaping nicotine containing e-liquid, or e-cigarettes themselves.
While this may seem like a big win for the vaping industry, it is another example of how the media jumps before knowing all the facts. An immeasurable amount of damage has already been done because of insensitive and inaccurate reporting.
The Daily Mail has run with the story that inspired our title, and yes, we are just as surprised as you. Professor John Newton, Director of Health Improvement at Public Health England has stated that they are as ‘certain as EVER’ that vaping is less harmful as smoking. They are still encouraging smokers to make the switch from smoking cigarettes to vaping.
Professor Newton said:
“Smokers should consider switching completely and vapers should stop smoking. We are as certain as ever that e-cigarettes are far less harmful than smoking, which kills almost 220 people in England every day.
Our concern is that the responses we have seen to the problem in the US and in other countries may increase the already widespread misunderstanding about the relative safety of nicotine e-cigarettes, deterring smokers from switching and risk driving vapers who have switched back to smoking.”
We are all pretty quick to complain when the headlines are inaccurate and misleading. When a time comes that a public health body is unambiguously stating that we as vapers have made a sensible choice for a longer and healthier life than when we smoked, we should be shouting it from the rooftops. We double-dare you to show the Daily Mail page to anyone that has told you they are not sure whether vaping is safer than smoking – because it really is.