Washington, October 6, 2017 : In present day societies, smoking is considered ‘cool’. Unfortunately, in this race to look trendy, the practice has become one of the biggest man-made killers. Today, tobacco consumption is among the world’s leading causes of preventable death and takes as many as six million lives every year.
While quitting smoking is difficult, a new research suggests e-cigarettes are far safer than smoking and can add multiple years to anyone who switches.
According to a new cancer research team, if all smokers switch to e-cigarettes and similar vaping devices exclusively, they could live for 86.7 million years in total.
The study has been carried out by Georgetown Lombardi Comprehensive Cancer Center.
According to David Levy, the lead author of the study and a professor of oncology at Georgetown Lombardi, the study has been carried out to encourage “replacing cigarette smoking with vaping to yield substantial life year gains,”
The study is the first ever theoretical piece to trace the health outcomes of people who are choosing to quit smoking and shift to different vaping devices.
The study relied upon multiple factors like,
- When a subject began smoking
- when they quit smoking
- when they switched from smoking a cigarette to vaping
Studying the responses, the researchers anticipated both a hopeful result and a negative result.
Pessimistic Result : 1.6 million would add a 20.8 million years to their lives.
Optimistic Result : 6.6 million cigarette smokers would include 86.7 million years from switching.
These results suggest that even in the grimmest outcome, vapors live more instead of those who inhale deadly measures of toxicants with cigarette smoke.
A switch from smoking to vaping will not only add years to an individuals’ life, but will also have multiple benefits on general health. According to Professor Levy, “There would be tremendous health benefits including reduced disease disability to smokers, reduced pain and suffering, and reduced exposure to secondhand smoke”
Is Vaping Safer Than Smoking?
E-cigarettes and other vaping devices do not contain tobacco. Instead, they contain a nicotine-filled liquid which is heated to produce vapor, which in turn is inhaled. This satisfies the cravings known to be associated with cigarette addiction.
While it will be wrong to say that these devices are completely harmless, it can be said that these devices to not cause life-threatening diseases like cancer- which tobacco does.
Some liquids have been found to contain diacetyl, which exposure to inhaling it can cause a condition known as popcorn lung.
While the best approach for a healthy life is to entirely quit smoking, but the most critical thought is that smoker stop smoking tobacco in the first place.
The study has been published in a global journal that studies and analyses the effect of tobacco abuse called Tobacco Control.
– prepared by Soha Kala of NewsGram. Twitter @SohaKala