Smoking and vaping are and will forever be connected with one another. For some, vaping is viewed as a completely different thing; for others, it’s an alternative to smoking. For some, they believe it’s just as bad as smoking, and others see it as the healthier alternative.
However, the Electronic-Cigarette Association of South Africa has taken things one step further by claiming that “e-cigarettes save lives.” They even put up a huge billboard in Johannesburg to spread the word.
“The line is from an article in the UK’s Spectator magazine by Dr Derek Yach, a former head of tobacco control at the World Health Organisation. Yach, now the South African head of the Vitality Institute, contends that e-cigarettes are ‘harm-reducing.’ He states that evidence shows that people smoke for the calming effects of nicotine but die from the tar in cigarettes,” says Katharine Child from the Times Live.
“He proposes that switching to e-cigarettes be encouraged because they give both a nicotine hit and the health benefits gained from quitting smoking. His view has been endorsed by the British Royal College of Physicians,” she adds.
Yach told The Times:“We need a serious focus on quitting smoking, and using reduced-risk products such as e-cigarettes... Click To Tweet
“Nicotine use does not cause lung cancer, but public and doctor perceptions suggest that it does.”
While many are lobbying for stricter rules and regulations on the sale, distribution and use of e-cigarettes, Yach says, “If the campaign against e-cigarettes succeeded, smokers would be left with a 50% probability that they would die from smoking.”
Yach is not the only one who believes smokers should switch to vaping for health reasons. According to a survey by consumer group, factasia.org, over 90% of Malaysian smokers believe the government should help adult smokers make the switch to less harmful alternatives such as vaping.
“Our survey shows they are calling for positive government action,” factasia.org co-founder Heneage Mitchell told The Rakyat Post.
“We are by no means advocates of smoking or vaping, but encourage rational debate and sensible regulations on e-cigarettes for the benefit of consumers,” they add.
According to the survey, 82% of those polled see e-cigarettes as a “positive alternative” to smoking, 87% would consider switching if proper regulations were in place, 75% of those who now vape do so as an alternative to traditional cigarettes.
It’s clear by the results of the survey and opinions of Mr. Yach that people want to use vaping not only to quit smoking, but also live a healthier lifestyle.
Learn more about the benefits of vaping instead of smoking:
- Smoking vs. Vaping – Do You Have All the Facts?
- Ecigarettes Estimated to Have Helped 22K People Quit Smoking in 2014
- Study Finds Vaping Helps Smokers
- Switching From Tobacco to Ejuice Could Reduce Hot Flashes