The American Cancer Society Just Backed Vaping
Finally some positive news coming out of the US today as the American Cancer Society (ACS) released a statement indicating a change on its thoughts towards e-cigarettes.
The ACS has stated that the use of e-cigarettes is far safer than combustible tobacco products (cigarettes).
They also state that individuals should be encouraged to switch to the least harmful form of tobacco product possible.
The ACS Position Statement on Electronic Cigarettes – which will be used to guide ACS’s tobacco control and cessation efforts as it relates to these products – opens with the hard-hitting fact that cigarettes are killing 7 million people each year worldwide.
Their Scientific Summary:
“Based on currently available evidence, using current generation e-cigarettes is less harmful than smoking cigarettes, but the health effects of long-term use are not known. The American Cancer Society (the ACS) recognizes our responsibility to closely monitor and synthesize scientific knowledge about the effects of all tobacco products, including e-cigarettes and any new products derived from tobacco. As new evidence emerges, the ACS will promptly report these findings to policy makers, the public and clinicians.”
While the long term effects are yet to be known, this positive recognition of e-cigarettes as a harm reduction alternative by the ACS proves that the short term benefits are seeing a continual rise in successful transitions.
Sometimes people just need that little extra encouragement from an organisation to get the ball rolling.
The Beginners Guide To Vaping has the do’s and don’ts for those wanting to get started.
“Some smokers, despite firm clinician advice, will not attempt to quit smoking cigarettes and will not use FDA approved cessation mediations. These individuals should be encouraged to switch to the least harmful form of tobacco product possible; switching to the exclusive use of e-cigarettes is preferable to continuing to smoke combustible products.”
While we’re still a long way from ending this conversation once and for all, big props to the ACS.
Let’s hope more organizations will take note and begin proper studies of their own.