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As vaping soars in popularity, U.S. cancer death rates plummet

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Even though multiple public health organizations like the UK Royal College of Physicians now claim that vaping is 95 percent less harmful than smoking, U.S. agencies like the FDA and the CDC fail to make the same assertions. However, new national statistics published by the American Cancer Society (ACS) may shed new light on the subject.

According to the report entitled Cancer Statistics 2017, the number of cancer-related deaths in the United States is plummeting at a rate of 1.7 percent in the past three years and a whopping 26 percent since 1991. While the ACS report does not specifically link the rise in popularity of vaping as a significant contributing factor to the declining cancer rates, a supporting study by scientists from the University of California does.

“The substantial increase in e-cigarette use among US adult smokers was associated with a statistically significant increase in the smoking cessation rate at the population level. These findings need to be weighed carefully in regulatory policy making regarding e-cigarettes and in planning tobacco control interventions.”

The ACS report is further substantiated by statistics recently published by the CDC in mid-July 2017 which shows a dramatic decline in both teen smoking and vaping over the past six years. The CDC findings also officially debunk the years-old myth that vaping is a gateway to smoking.

Vaping is significantly less carcinogenic than smoking

Another UK vaping study suggests that vaping is perhaps 99 percent less carcinogenic than smoking. Entitled Comparing the cancer potencies of emissions from vapourised nicotine products including e-cigarettes with those of tobacco smoke, the research was conducted by scientists from the University of St. Andrews.

“The aerosols form a spectrum of cancer potencies spanning five orders of magnitude from uncontaminated air to tobacco smoke. E-cigarette emissions span most of this range with the preponderance of products having potencies<1% of tobacco smoke and falling within two orders of magnitude of a medicinal nicotine inhaler; however, a small minority have much higher potencies. These high-risk results tend to be associated with high levels of carbonyls generated when excessive power is delivered to the atomiser coil.”

The pro-vaping research is piling up, and while the American Cancer Society falls short of crediting vaping for the declining death rates related to cancer, vaping enthusiasts know the cold hard facts. Vaping is not only an effective tobacco harm reduction tool, it’s substantially more effective in helping smokers quit than the more conventional nicotine replacement therapies (NRTs) like “the patch” and nicotine gums. In fact, another study published by Carl.V. Phelps suggests vaping may be twice as effective as any other smoking cessation tool, including the old-fashioned cold turkey method. 

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