A new study by Rutgers University has once again debunked some of the ecig myths that have been floating out there. Often this misinformation about electronic cigarettes is propagated with little or no data, which makes us wonder who actually benefits from them. Then we get studies like this one, which reaffirm what we already know. Namely, electronic cigarettes help smokers make the switch away from traditional tobacco cigarettes. More than that, they aren’t luring in non-smokers to a new nicotine habit, a falsehood that many anti-vaping figures cling to as if it were a fact based on actual data.
But it isn’t, it is just one of the most powerful of ecig myths. What the data does say is that the amount of non-smokers picking up vaping is extremely low. The research team at Rutgers borrows from data contained in the 2014 National Health Interview Survey (NHIS) to come to this particular conclusion. The researchers insist that “e-cigarettes have not been attracting adult non-smokers or promoting relapse in longer term former smokers. Moreover, the data are suggestive that some recent quitters may have done so with the assistance of e-cigarettes.” The data that backs the fact that ecigs don’t attract non-smokers is also from the NHIS, showing that an extremely low 0.4% of the non-smoking public actually hopped on to vaping.
Because no matter what anti-vaping activists say, their scare tactics don’t bear out. Electronic cigarettes are clearly tools for smokers who want to make a switch in their lives and any residual effect is minimal. Gregory Conley, the American Vaping Association President, was quoted saying “This study adds to the already large body of evidence showing that vapor products are effective at helping smokers quit.” This very fact is the first-level effect that public health officials should concern themselves with and weigh when considering the place of electronic cigarettes in society.
Ecig Myths Slowly Unraveling
These myths have built up over time as the electronic cigarette became more popular and brands sprouted up all over the place. Some of it just feels like people are scared of something knew, something they don’t know anything about.
Other angles of looking at these ecig myths and how they build up are more cynical than that. They sure do make us wonder who has to gain in some of these fights, and it isn’t a surprise when we find the answer to be Big Tobacco or, later on, Big Pharma.
The data still stands out, regardless of how people would like to pain things. Facts can make the bigger picture and the imperativeness of the vaping movement become more apparent. Like knowing that ex-smokers are four times as likely to use electronic cigarettes than current smokers who some believe use vaping as a crutch. The progression of getting comfortable with electronic cigarettes and choosing the right flavors and nicotine levels can be a process, but it seems to end up with smokers making a choice rather than an accommodation. This is a good thing for those concerned with public health and they should be celebrating!
Instead we don’t always hear that reaction. We should. We know what the other options are and they just haven’t been shown to work. As Conley explained further, ““With products like the nicotine gum and patch having pitiful twelve-month failure rates of 93-97 percent, it’s clear that anti-smoking groups should be welcoming the release of more innovative smoke-free products.” He went on to push for further testing of things like ecig flavors so there would be more potentially useful data to show its consumption habits among adults.
That’s just it too, another of the many ecig myths that are still left to be knocked down completely. Even when we can see the trends with our own eyes or make them out with logic, studies like the NHIS can truly shine a light and make people understand. We truly believe that as soon as they do that and understand the amazing impact ecigs can have on smokers specifically, but really on public health at large, the people will get behind vaping. There just isn’t anything better that has come along and nothing that has made the impact that ecigs have already. We’ll look forward to this evolution and to seeing more myths debunked along the way.