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Four principal investigators gathered evidence that vape can be used as a smoking cessation tool, according to a paper published in Nature Medicine.
Professors Neal Benowitz, Ann McNeill, Nancy Rigotti and Kenneth Warner are the authors of the paper. The article suggests that vape are more effective than nicotine therapy.
It contains an important section detailing the UK and New Zealand government's support for vape.
This makes sense because vape devices release nicotine much faster than patches or gum, and mimic the pleasurable habit of smoking. Now, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, smokers are more likely than any other product (including smoking cessation medications) to use vape in their quit attempts.
This is happening even as misinformation and junk science about Vape abound - and wild attacks from organizations like the Campaign for Tobacco-Free Kids, the Truth Initiative and Parents Against Vape Smoking.
The paper contains a significant section detailing high-level government support for vape in the UK and New Zealand. These two countries are light years ahead of the U.S. in promoting vape use and focusing on vulnerable populations with the highest smoking rates, such as the homeless, people with mental health diagnoses, and Aboriginal people.
In government-funded smoking cessation campaigns, both countries enthusiastically recommend the use of vape and suggest that healthcare providers advise patients to try them. Some mental health hospitals in the UK and New Zealand have vape stores, making the transition from smoking to vape easy and convenient.
On the other hand, most health care providers in the United States are strongly opposed to tobacco harm reduction (THR). They mistakenly believe that although the FDA has approved several vapes as suitable for protecting public health, there is insufficient evidence that vape can help people quit smoking. Many also do not believe that vape are much safer than smoking cigarettes.
The paper includes a table with guidelines for health care professionals to help people quit smoking - a valuable resource, and research shows that an incredible 80 percent of U.S. doctors believe that nicotine directly causes cancer.
The comments would have been stronger if the four authors had called for action to highlight the deadly consequences of not supporting evidence-based vape interventions. Instead, they called for greater consideration of the potential of vape to promote smoking cessation.
In the United States, nearly half a million people die each year from smoking-related diseases. It's an epidemic, and no one talks about it anymore. The evidence already exists that healthcare providers have a key role to play in helping patients quit smoking. If they don't recommend vape, that should be considered malpractice.
The paper should also make people understand that access to safer nicotine products is a matter of the right to health.
The authors write that vape are not a panacea for ending the devastation caused by smoking, but they can contribute to achieving this noble public health goal. This greatly underestimates how vape have prevented so much smoking-related suffering, have reversed the harms of smoking, and have saved millions of lives around the world by getting people to quit.
Vape devices - along with other THR options such as oral sinus and heated tobacco products - are the closest thing we have to a panacea. Our top priority is to get them into the hands of smokers.
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