It’s fascinating to see and read all the new studies and statistics that are coming out pertaining to electronic cigarettes. I mean, sometimes it just seems fast and furious. From studies that essentially prove that banning ecigs leads to teen smoking to newer studies that show even more hard evidence about lower toxicity levels in ecigs. Whatever the newest study is, it usually brings something to the table. It adds to the discussion of what is still a very hot topic in America and all over the world.
That part itself is quite exciting if you think about it. Electronic cigarettes are simply light years ahead of where they were in the beginning, and that beginning wasn’t even a decade ago. This quick rise of vaping has coincided with lower smoking rates and a very public battle over ecigs and how we should regulate them. In the end, all of this is good news because if you are making news, it means you are relevant. Electronic cigarettes are very relevant, and that’s because so many people have found a way to make that switch from traditional tobacco cigarettes.
As for this newest study, it puts a spotlight on the disparity between college educated smokers and non-college educated smokers. It’s the type of study that appears to show this rift in America that I don’t have to tell you about, because we have seen it plenty this year. The conclusion of this study should make us think about where we are as a vaping community and what we have to do to make sure everyone is included in the electronic cigarette revolution. Apparently, we still have a ways to go folks.
Too Cool For School, and Vaping?
On to the specifics, which offer us something hard to wrap our heads around. The author of the study, Michael Eriksen, put it best as he summed up the study by saying “Among dual users, having a college degree was associated with high intention to quit smoking and attempting to quit in the past year.” Basically, if you have a college degree you are more likely to be using electronic cigarettes to make that switch to vapor, even if you are both vaping and smoking at the time.
So, that’s interesting no doubt, but on the surface it doesn’t seem to be too big a deal. Until Eriksen continued on to say, “This study highlights patterns in ENDS use that may increase the socioeconomic gap in smoking prevalence.” That is to say, the difference between smokers and vapers as far as wealth and so-called social standing is growing. There is a gap between smokers and non-smokers as far as income, this isn’t news to anyone. But now it appears there is a gap between vapers and smokers too. That’s another division that isn’t good for our country.
The fact that people with less income smoke more has been a problem for a long time. Smoking is an expensive habit, and the people doing the smoking can often least afford to have such an expensive habit. Now that we have electronic cigarettes, that can save smokers thousands of dollars a year by making the switch to vapor, we should be pushing this into lower-income communities.
That’s basically the conclusion that Michael Erikson comes up with too. If ENDS use proves to be helpful for smoking cessation among long-term smokers, then interventions to improve access to ENDS among minority smokers and those with low levels of education may be needed,” he explained. We’re fighting a way against traditional tobacco smoking folks. We can’t go and leave people behind, can we?
This is likely to become a major issue in the vaping community as ecigarettes take a firmer hold in society. While once the challenge was getting smokers to hear about these amazing devices, now it’s getting into those lower-income communities to make sure they aren’t being left behind. Maybe they don’t get the amount of information we do, be it from online reviews or word of mouth. Whatever the cause, we’re going to have to make a change. Our brothers and sisters who are still smoking need to know there is an alternative out there. Let’s keep spreading the word, and especially to lower-income communities.