Summary of the article in black, my thoughts in purple!
The Cochrane Review is an independent, non-profit collaboration of researchers from all over the world who work to find “credible” health information that is accessible to the general public. (We need more companies like this, one that is not swayed by the government but can educate people on the truth about vaping.) One of the researchers from England found that people who switch to vaping have an easier time putting down cigarettes. They also found that there are no serious side-effects, however the only studies that have been done are only during a span of a couple years and more long term testing will need to be done to validate that claim. (Vaping hasn’t really been around long enough to do a legit long term study but as the years pass companies learn and adjust to what works best for their products. For example, 3 years ago we didn’t know that sweetener kills your coils, we also didn’t know that using a PG based nicotine would give you more of a harsh throat hit versus using VG nicotine.) The only side effects that they saw in their shorter studies were the irritation of the mouth and throat. (There are so many things that can cause this irritation, nicotine level, PG/VG ratio, or if you have an allergy to any of the ingredients, but I’ve noticed that the heavy coughing is something that turns people away from switching from smoking to vaping, which is completely normal when first starting.)
More than half of the people that quit smoking are expected to relapse and pick up a cigarette again, but vaping has contributed to 18,000 person drop in long-term cigarette users in 2015. The British Medical Journal wrote that a 40-year-old smoker who quits can gain up to 9 years of their life back. (That’s a lot!) The debate with e-cigarettes isn’t Is it safe, it’s “is this product a better aid for quitting smoking than other alternatives such as gum or patches. Vaping is now a 3.5 billion dollar industry and has taken off in the United States in a big way. (Numbers don’t lie!) But the FDA worries that this mew method isn’t safe and could get people addicted to nicotine, their main concern being children. (Then regulate labels and caps, not the entire industry. Companies are putting pictures of food and cutesy animals that is ultimately going to draw attention to their product, but for the wrong age group. Labels should be somewhat plain, other than font styles and sizes, I don’t agree at all with putting pictures on labels. I feel like the pictures and cutesy animals send the wrong message and to everyone outside the community it looks like those companies are marketing to children. Adults just want their nicotine, as long as the eliquid tastes good and gets the job done we don’t care.)
Author: Brittney Wachner
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