The typical American physician has been struggling since vaping became so popular in recent years. Should they recommend e-cigs to their patients who smoke as an effective smoking cessation tool? Or should they continue to push their patients towards more traditional Big Pharma alternatives like “the patch” and nicotine gums?
To find an answer to their medical quandary, doctors would usually just read the scientific research. But thanks to Fake News and bogus studies funded and published by pro-tobacco lobbyists in Washington, DC, even the medical community doesn’t know whom to believe. Normally, they would look to their leader, the U.S. Surgeon General, the Head Doc-in-Charge.
But when former Surgeon General Vivek Murthy of the Obama Administration weighed in on the subject in late 2016, his statements seemed outright ridiculous. Murthy essentially equated vaping with smoking, which doesn’t make much sense. However, according to a new survey conducted by the Mayo Clinic of over 1500 American physicians, doctors are finally starting to embrace vaping in huge numbers.
Overview of the Mayo Clinic vaping survey
The Mayo Clinic vaping survey is readily available for review. Entitled Beliefs, Practices, and Self-efficacy of US Physicians Regarding Smoking Cessation and Electronic Cigarettes: A National Survey, the document is published on the Oxford Academic website for Nicotine and Tobacco Research.
- Over 1500 American physicians and medical personnel were surveyed.
- 90% claim that educating their patients on how to best quit smoking is one of their primary responsibilities as a medical professional.
- 86% admit to assisting their patients with selecting the most effective smoking cessation options.
- 65% admit to helping their patients with their final selections.
- 66% claim to now discuss vaping as a viable option.
“This study documents several important previously poorly characterized aspects of the role of electronic cigarettes in clinical care. The majority of US physicians are discussing electronic cigarettes in clinical contexts and a substantial proportion of US physicians have recommended electronic cigarettes to their patients. The extent of physician engagement on the topic of electronic cigarettes should be met with increased efforts to better characterize electronic cigarettes’ appropriate role in smoking cessation and reduction.”
According to the results of the Mayo Clinic vaping survey, doctors are recommending vaping as a smoking cessation tool in increasingly larger numbers. Earlier in 2017, the Mayo Clinic partnered with Vanderbilt University in Nashville, Tennessee, in a similar doctor-related survey. Less than a year ago, only 27% of those surveyed were recommending vaping to their smoking patients. Today, nearly two-thirds of all American doctors are at least discussing e-cigarettes as an option worth considering.