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Smoking Cessation could save lives of those living with Depression

New Study projects thousands of patients suffering from depression could be saved from disease and death with a combination of smoking cessation methods and mental health services

It’s been known for many years that people suffering with depression disproportionately smoke more than the rest of the population. That increased exposure to the harms of smoking and tobacco-related disease puts those smokers at more risk of illness and death.

But a promising study carried out by US scientists has identified the potential for incorporating smoking cessation methods with mental health care, a practice that could save the lives of as many as 126,000 smokers over the next 80 years. It’s estimated that that number could be as high as 203,000 lives saved from the harms of smoking when smoking cessation tools are provided to people with depression who are not yet in mental health care treatment programmes.

The study, led by scientists at the Yale School of Public Health, is also the first to research the  population health effects of integrating smoking cessation treatments with general mental health care.

Using data compiled over more than a decade by the National Survey on Drug Use and Health, the researchers projected the effects of smoking cessation treatments on people with depression across different rates of treatment adoption over the course of the next 80 years, up to the year 2100. Their findings projected that 32,000 lives could be saved from the harms of smoking if enough patients adopted any kind of cessation treatment. That number rises to 203,000 among patients utilising 100% of mental health services and pharmacological cessation treatments offered.

Jamie Tam, Ph.D., an assistant professor at Yale and the study's lead author, says: "We've known for a long time that people with depression smoke more than the general population, and that mental health care settings often don't have cessation treatment as part of standard care. Our study asks: what is that missed opportunity? What do we have to gain when mental health care and smoking cessation treatment are fully integrated,"

While the study assumes a best-case scenario to achieve those numbers of lives saved, the researchers are confident that the study supports what public health experts have been saying for years: that smoking cessation methods combined with optimal mental health treatment would have a significant impact on the quality and length of lives for patients living with depression.

“Beyond reducing the risk of early death, smoking cessation improves quality of life and increases productivity,” Tam says. “Decision makers should remove barriers to mental health care and smoking cessation treatments for people with mental health conditions.”

The study’s authors concluded that existing treatments, such as nicotine replacement therapy, varenicline, and bupropion, can increase cessation rates by nearly 60%, but that health gains would be even larger if cessation treatments became more effective in the future.

While the study doesn’t mention vaping and e-cigarettes as effective tools for smoking cessation, for anyone not just those suffering from depression, it has long-been known that vaping can provide a far safer and more enjoyable alternative to smoking. Public Health England has stated that vaping is 95% safer than smoking and the number of adult vapers has risen to about 2.7 million people.

If you’d like to switch from smoking to vaping, then you’ll find all the equipment you need right here at Vapestore, including our useful Switch to Vaping guide and friendly, expert customer services wo can advise you on choosing the right kit for you.

Study: 90% of Smokers unaware Vaping less harmful than Smoking

Last month, June 2021, Action on Smoking and Health (ASH) welcomed the launch of a consultation by the National Institute for Health and Care Excellence (NICE) on revised tobacco guidance, including updated advice for healthcare professionals on what to say to smokers interested in vaping as an alternative to traditional cigarettes.

The guidance has been well received after a survey by YouGov for Ash, a health charity working to eliminate the harm caused by tobacco use, revealed that 30% of smokers have never tried e-cigarettes. That’s roughly equal to around 1.7 million people in England. And only one in ten smokers (12%) know that e-cigs are much less harmful than smoking. Of the remainder, a third (32%) think they’re more or equally harmful, one in four (24%) don’t know and 30% think they’re less harmful, but don’t realise that they are a lot less harmful.

Declared 95% safer than smoking by Public Health England in 2015, vaping has become the go-to smoking cessation method for 3.6 million ex-smokers in the UK, like Ralph, aged 59. A smoker since his early teens, Ralph decided to stop smoking during the first lockdown of 2020, having tried to quit previously but never succeeded for long. For him, e-cigarettes alongside advice from health professionals made all the difference. He started using an e-cigarette before meeting with an NHS stop smoking advisor who supported his choice and provided him with further medication and support.

“Vaping’s made the difference for me, after decades of smoking, finally I’ve been able to quit”

“It was really helpful that the stop smoking advisor was supportive when I said I was trying vaping,” said Ralph. “I’d found a vape with a sealed capsule that worked for me. It doesn’t leak, it’s quite small and unobtrusive and doesn’t produce loads of vapour. It just gives me a little nicotine hit when I need it. It’s not the same as smoking but it does give you something to do with your hands. Vaping’s made the difference for me, after decades of smoking, finally I’ve been able to quit.”

Deborah Arnott, Chief Executive of ASH said: “With support and encouragement from health professionals, more smokers would use an e-cigarette to help them stop, increasing the overall number who successfully quit long-term. This would be another step forward to securing the Government ambition for England to be Smokefree by 2030.”

 

If you’re a smoker looking to switch the harms of cigarettes for the far safer alternative that is Vaping, you’ll find everything you need to begin enjoying vaping here at Vapestore.

Read our Blog on the Easiest Vape Kits to start Vaping

From simple disposables and pod kits that make vaping fuss-free and easy to get started with, to thousands of delicious e-liquid flavours, Vapestore is your gateway to a safer, more rewarding and endlessly satisfying replacement for smoking.

If you have any questions about vaping or would like advice on choosing the best UK vape kit and UK e-liquid for you, you can contact our friendly, expert customer advice team. Click here for Customer Services.

Biggest Vape Spenders

We knew that British vapers were among the most enthusiastic in the world, with over 3 million vapers reported and growing, rapidly closing the gap with smokers whose numbers have been dropping, on average, by about 10% every year. But a recent consumer market outlook report by Statica has shown that UK vapers spent more per capita on vaping products in 2019 than any other nation.

Around 17% of global market share can be attributed to UK vapers, with each adult spending approximately £33 in the year, with a projected spend of £36 in 2020, making £2.5bn in annual revenue.

The US follows the UK with the biggest overall market volume of £5bn or £14 per capita, followed by Canada, France and Germany as the next highest spenders on vaping.

Since 2012, the global market for e-cigarettes has been growing annually by almost 20% to £14bn, with a growth by 37% to almost £19bn over the next five years.

So while the figures show the industry to be in relatively robust health, it has had to navigate a markedly difficult period, especially in 2019 when an occurrence of vaping-related illnesses in the US, attributed to black market cannabis products, sparked a wave of anxiety among health authorities, legislators and the general public.

TPD regulations in the UK and EU inoculated European markets from much of the crisis, and thanks to support from Public Health England, the NHS and many charities like the British Heart Foundation and Macmillan Cancer Support, UK vapers continue to enjoy the activity with confidence in the quality and safety of their products.

Vaping in the USA

Amid cries of an ‘epidemic’ following a spate of vaping-related illnesses and increased scrutiny of the US vaping industry, we look at the facts and how the situation may affect vapers in the UK…

E-cigarettes and vaping have been the subject of huge debate in the United States of America over the past month as a result of at least 1080 people falling sick with vaping-related illnesses or lung injuries.

Eighteen deaths have been confirmed across 15 states by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), the country’s federal health protection agency. The FDA (US Food and Drug Administration) has launched a criminal investigation in parallel with the CDC’s public health investigation and the US Congress have begun hearings to investigate e-cigarettes’ effects on public health.

The executive branch of the US government has also weighed in. "It's not a wonderful thing," said US President Donald Trump of vaping. "It's got big problems. We have to find out the extent of the problem." Citing parallel concerns with the reported rise in youth vaping, the President announced that he would be taking steps to ban the sale of flavoured e-cigarette products, except for tobacco and menthol flavours.

The panic about the health effects of vaping has not been confined to the United States alone. Last month India banned the sale and import of e-cigarettes, citing an "epidemic" of vaping among young people, while countries such as Brazil and Japan have already outright banned or heavily restricted the sale of e-cigarette or nicotine products.

What was the cause of the illness?

The CDC have affirmed that no single e-cigarette or vaping product, brand or specific substance has been definitively linked to the outbreak in the US. And while authorities still don’t know the precise cause of the lung illnesses, most of the cases have been linked to the use of illicit black-market products containing THC, the psychoactive ingredient in marijuana. About 77% of those cases being investigated by the CDC reported using THC-containing products.

Many of these black market and unregulated THC e-liquid products have been found to contain an oil derived from Vitamin E acetate. Vitamin E acetate is commonly found as a nutritional supplement and is considered harmless when ingested orally or applied to the skin. However, experts say that its molecular structure and oil-like properties make it hazardous to inhale, such as you would with an e-cigarette, and could cause the kind of respiratory symptoms that many of the patients have reported such as chest pains, coughing and shortness of breath.

While the FDA investigates the THC market, both legitimate and illicit, health officials’ advice to e-cigarette users in North America has been to avoid using nicotine or THC containing-products if they’re concerned, but also that current vapers should not switch back to smoking cigarettes.

Are vapers at risk in the UK?

There have been no reports so far of any person in the UK exhibiting the same symptoms as those in the US, leading many health experts in the UK and EU to reiterate their position that vaping is significantly less harmful than smoking cigarettes, as well as highlighting the differences in e-cigarette regulations found on opposite sides of the Atlantic.

Unlike the US, the EU’s Tobacco Products Directive of 2016 restricts the advertising of e-cigarette products and enforces a cap on the levels of nicotine and the capacity of devices available to consumers. Further, the rules and regulations surrounding the production of e-liquids enforces supervised, laboratory environments and limits the manufacture and sale of devices and e-liquid to accredited suppliers and producers only. Under the TPD, the production of any THC-containing e-liquids is strictly illegal.

Martin Dockrell, Tobacco Control Programme Lead at Public Health England, said: “We know that e-cigarettes are probably not completely safe, but that’s not the issue. The question is, are e-cigarettes safer than the alternative? And, for almost all e-cigarette users the alternative is smoking, and it's really important that they understand how much safer e-cigarettes are, compared to smoking".

In 2015, PHE claimed that vaping is 95% less harmful than smoking and are supported by the Royal College of General Practitioners, the British Medical Association and Cancer Research UK among other institutions.

What should you do if you have concerns about vaping?

-Only buy e-cigarette devices and e-liquid from reputable, TPD-compliant manufacturers and suppliers such as Vapestore.

-Talk to one of our professional customer services specialists for advice and guidance on all aspects of e-cigarettes and vaping at support@vapouriz.com or call 0800 644 0000.

-Talk to your GP or another certified health professional about using e-cigarettes.

 “Biggest public health opportunity in 120 years” at risk from E-cigarette panic says NYU Scientist

With politicians, activists and the media putting the US e-cigarette industry under intense pressure following over 1080 reported cases of vaping-related illnesses and nearly twenty deaths from lung injuries, the voices of health experts and scientists and their research into the public health benefits of vaping have been drowned out by the clamour.

But in an interview with the CBS This Morning programme in September, Dr David Abrams, a Global Public Health professor at New York University, made the case that the current panic about vaping in the US jeopardises one of the best chances in over a century to finally “get rid of the cigarette” and save millions of lives.

“The science has gotten extremely strong, especially in the last three to four years,” Dr Abrams told CBS’ Tony Dokoupil. “Both in England and some scientists here are looking at the best science and we see the same thing. E-cigarettes are way less harmful than cigarettes and they can, and do, help smokers switch if they can’t quit.”

“We could save as much as 6-7 million lives over 10 years who would otherwise die from smoking”

“What we know for sure is that based upon all the biomarkers of harm that we know from cigarettes, that they are far fewer and far lower in e-cigarettes than cigarettes.”

The professor provided a startling illustration of the public health benefit of e-cigarettes in the relative short-term from NYU’s own research. “Our studies suggested that if 10% of current smokers switched to e-cigarettes every year for the next ten years (100% switched within 10 years) we’d save as much as 6-7 million lives who otherwise would die from cigarette smoking. 87 million quality life years would be gained from switching completely in ten years to e-cigarettes.”

The NYU professor agrees with the FDA’s and CDC’s own reports that the source of the lung injuries most likely came from illicit or black-market oil containing Marijuana or THC oil, with other harmful additives like Vitamin E acetate. “These cases are people who bought marijuana oils on the street, made either illegally or a street version, like a dirty street drug. We haven’t seen a single case that a commercially made, legitimate e-cigarette that smokers are using has caused any of these illnesses. And I would say that smokers should not be scared by what they’re seeing, and that e-cigarettes should still be used instead of cigarettes if they’ve already switched.”

Addressing the alarm in the US surrounding vaping, Dr Abrams said, “I think there is legitimate concern that teens are using them at much higher rates, and there is a concern about nicotine and nicotine addiction, even though nicotine itself doesn’t cause the cancer, lung disease or heart ailments that cigarettes do. It’s the smoke and carbon monoxide. And there is a concern that teens who use it [e-cigarettes] might get addicted and go on to cigarette smoking, but the evidence doesn’t really support that at the level that we ought to panic about it.”

“If we lose this opportunity, I think we would have blown the single biggest public health opportunity we’ve ever had in 120 years”

Many opponents to vaping argue that as the long-term effects of e-cigarettes are not yet known, they should not be considered safe. “And that’s true that we don’t know the long-term risks or benefits, and we won’t for fifty years,” responded Dr Abrams. “But we know enough now from the science of the biomarkers of harm, especially cancer, that show us that there are so few of those chemicals and at such low levels, that e-cigarettes are biologically much less harmful in term of exposures. They’re not harmless, but they are dramatically less harmful. “

Public health would benefit dramatically if everybody switched to e-cigarettes, he said, and if society made cigarettes obsolete. “That would also solve the teen problem because we wouldn’t be afraid of the ‘gateway to cigarettes’ if nobody wanted cigarettes anymore.”

Over a century ago, the most disruptive technology to health to emerge was the industrial cigarette rolling machine, explained Dr Abrams. “It literally caused this epidemic of lung cancer and other diseases, and now we have an opportunity, 120 years later, to get rid of the cigarette with a new technology that delivers nicotine in a very satisfying way without the major harms of burning tobacco.

“If we lose this opportunity, I think we would have blown the single biggest public health opportunity we’ve ever had in 120 years.”

Vaping News - Social Media Ban

Social media giants Facebook have recently announced a crackdown on the sale of age-restricted items, including tobacco, alcohol, e-cigarettes and nicotine-containing e-liquids.  

The ban prohibits not only the sale of such items, but also the act of swapping or gifting of any items of this nature within groups or on marketplace pages.  

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Regulating activity

Although this move might spell disappointment for many Facebook groups, it does mean that regulations which should have been in place from the beginning have now implemented to keep underage Facebook users from purchasing or receiving age-restricted goods.  

The new regulations have been mirrored by social media platform Instagram, who have unequivocally called a halt to all activity relating to the trading or selling of age-restricted products, including second-hand vape goods.  

Pros and Cons

The ban could also signal the end of any competitions or giveaways which involve prizes of a controlled nature. However, its fairly likely that the ban could prompt people to turn to dedicated vaping forums in order to continue with the practice of selling, swapping and gifting vape products online. This is both a positive and a negative, as although it provides a platform for discussion, education and experimentation with different products, it is still an unregulated environment in which underage persons could gain access to products associated with or containing nicotine.  

Who does this affect?

We firmly believe that any reputable vape company operating legally and ethically should already be putting these measures in place across their social media platforms to avoid such instances of underage use of age-restricted products. Although Facebook groups and Instagram pages have undeniably helped to grow the industry, the biggest impact of the ban will be to the groups themselves, rather than to the vape industry as a whole.

Vapestore will continue to implement a strict over-18 policy for the sale of all vape devices, e-liquids and related accessories, just as we always have, to ensure the safety of our customers. This applies not only to our website, but across all our social media platforms.  

Safety

Safety should of course be of paramount importance in any industry, and you can never be too careful when dealing with second-hand electrical items of any nature. That’s why we’re right behind this legislation with the promise of upholding our own health and safety rules to the high standards we always have.   

Visit our Facebook and Instagram pages to find amazing e-cigarette kits, sub ohm devices, all-in-one pod kits, e-liquids and vaping accessories – all covered by our strict over-18s policy and stringent safety checks for your complete peace of mind.   

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Vape Stores Open in NHS Hospitals 

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It seems as though the wait is finally over for the health benefits of vaping to be properly recognised by the medical field.  

Two vape shops have opened in West Bromwich’s Sandwell Hospital and City Hospital Birmingham in correlation with a newly-implemented smoke-free policy adopted by both hospitals. The incentive permits vaping on the hospital grounds but completely bans cigarette smoking, with a fine issued to anyone found smoking inside or in the vicinity of the hospital.   

Progression

This monumental progression has been backed by the UK Vaping Association, who released a statement describing the opening of the stores as “a major step forward for the industry” which “aligns with the government’s goal for a smoke-free Britain by 2030”.  

Of course, we couldn’t agree more with this stance. Its high time that e-cigarettes are acknowledged as an effective stop-smoking aid – one which is significantly less harmful than smoking and one which provides the opportunity to safely and gradually wean yourself off nicotine entirely.  

NHS

Following the implementation of the vape stores at both hospitals, NHS Trust CEO Toby Lewis has reiterated the advice given by Public Health England that vaping is in fact 95 per cent less harmful than smoking and is therefore a much safer option than cigarettes. Lewis stresses that the intention of the new stores is not to encourage non-smokers to take up vaping, but to simply give staff and patients the best chance of quitting cigarettes.   

Although the new incentive brings with it a £50 fine for smoking in or around the premises of the hospital, Lewis insists that "this isn't about making money. This is about getting people to quit smoking." 

Incentive

And it appears Lewis really stands by that sentiment. The on-the-spot fine is counterbalanced perfectly by a 30 per cent discount for NHS staff for nicotine replacement therapies and vaping supplies, giving them the best possible chance of success when quitting.  

We’re confident that this victory for vaping is the first of many and signals the beginning of a universal change in attitudes towards smoking cessation. After all, the most effective aid is right here just waiting to set you free from the shackles of smoking.  

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Browse our collection of starter vape kits, all-in-one pod systems and nicotine-containing e-liquids to take back control of your freedom, your finances and most importantly, your health.   

Sources: https://www.theguardian.com/society/2019/jul/10/vape-shops-hospital-smokers-kick-habit-west-midlands

https://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/2019/07/09/vape-shops-open-nhs-hospital-sites-bid-stub-smoking/

Switching From Smoking to Vaping - Save Money  

Aside from the fleeting sense of relief you experience from nicotine cravings, the act of smoking is pretty much a long list made up entirely of disadvantages 

First off, there’s the cocktail of potentially lethal chemicals and toxins which seep into your bloodstream and wreak havoc on your body each and every time you light up. Then, there’s the issue of premature aging and damage to the skin caused by a deprivation of oxygen to the skin tissues. Next, the increased risk of illness and infection due to your immune system being compromised by the tar and chemicals present in traditional tobacco. Add to this concerning list the deterioration of your sense of smell and taste, the perpetually-musty stink of stale tobacco on your clothes and hair, the risk of sexual dysfunction and the danger you pose to everyone around you whenever you make the decision to smoke.  

If these unpleasant repercussions aren’t enough to make you seek alternative options for your nicotine fix, then the eye-watering and ever-increasing cost of smoking might – especially when a recent study found that

 “a third of smokers list cost as an important factor driving their desire to quit. 

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The study, carried out by the University College London and published in the journal Addiction, found that smokers spend an average of £1,200 a year on cigarettes and tobacco products.

 

That’s the equivalent of a holiday abroad, a new car and around four Flatscreen HD televisions.  However, the study goes on to state that people who use nicotine replacement therapies such as gums, patches, and oral sprays only spend an estimated £523 a year on keeping their cravings at bay, with an annual saving of £680 compared to cigarettes.  

 

Whilst these savings are impressive, they are not quite matched by the savings that can be enjoyed by switching to e-cigarettes. Those who choose to vape as their method of smoking cessation or nicotine replacement are reported to save around £780 per year, which in turn is an estimated saving of £15 a week.  

Cancer Research UK

Cancer Research UK’s tobacco control manager Kruti Shrotri stated that "quitting smoking is the single best thing a smoker can do for their health. And e-cigarettes are one of the many tools that can help. We need more research to determine the long-term effects, but studies so far have shown that e-cigarettes are less harmful than tobacco. With a more affordable price tag, it’s an alternative option for smokers looking to quit and make savings.” 

Starter Vape Kits

So if you’re looking for your very own ticket to freedom from tobacco, you might just find it in amongst our impressive collection here at Vapestore. We’ve got a huge selection of starter and all-in-one pod kits which are ideal for making the switch from smoking with as much ease and simplicity as possible. The Smok Nord pod kit, for example, is a great option for beginners with its compact, simplistic design and can be used with different types of e-liquid for fantastic versatility. The complete kit is available for just £25.99 – the equivalent of two packs of traditional tobacco cigarettes. 

Disposable Pod Kits

We also stock amazing disposable pod kits such as the VGod Stig which has absolutely no settings to adjust and simply requires you to inhale on the device like a normal cigarette. When your Stig pod reaches the end of its lifespan, just throw it away and open a new one. There are three pods included in a pack and each one is pre-loaded with 1.2ml of 20mg e-liquid for immediate relief from the irritation of cravings. Find these kits and many more in our carefully-curated Starter Kits section 

Sub Ohm Kits

We also stock a large collection of advanced sub ohm setups to give you the option of progressing on your vaping journey by upgrading to a kit which offers more personalisation and greater user control.  

Take Control!

So take back control of your finances and, more importantly, take back control of your health with the help of Vapestore. Our customer care team are available to offer expert advice regarding absolutely any area of vaping and can help you decide on a device which meets your needs and pleases your pocket.   

And with the massive savings you’re likely to enjoy from switching to vaping, all that’s left to do is find an e-cigarette which matches your flip flops as you plan the idyllic summer holiday that the cost of smoking prevented you from enjoying.   

Smoking Vs Vaping

In December 2018, Public Health England released a shocking video detailing the results of smoking on the lungs verses the effects of vaping over a one-month time period in an effort to finally lay bare the impact of vaping vs smoking.

https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/av/health-46697036/smoking-v-vaping-watch-lab-test-results

To demonstrate their investigation, three bell jars were placed in a controlled environment and filled with clean cotton wool balls.

One bell jar was fitted with a traditional tobacco cigarette at its opening which would be artificially ‘smoked’ through the jar in order to observe its effects on the cotton wool within. The other jar was paired with an e-cigarette device in place of the traditional cigarette, and the third jar contained no interference from foreign matter to act as a controlled condition from which to compare the findings against. This bell jar represents the lungs of someone who has never smoked tobacco cigarettes or used an e-cigarette.

After pulling the equivalent of one month’s worth of smoke, vapour and fresh air through each bell jar, the results were both alarming and undeniable. The jar which observed the effects of traditional tobacco smoke was by far the most affected, with the cotton wool balls saturated in thick, sticky tar which could almost be wrung out from the cotton.

The inside walls of the tobacco-containing jar were also slick with a brown residue and forming on the cotton itself was visible lumps of hardening tar. Taking one of the cotton wool balls and wiping it against a clean sheet of paper left behind a thick trail of brown residue which clung to the paper in much the same way it would cling to your arteries and airways. This effect is known as atherosclerosis and occurs due to the clogging and subsequent narrowing of the arteries when tar is deposited from tobacco smoke, depriving the body of vital blood and oxygen supply.

When compared to the bell jar representing e-cigarette use / vapour inhalation, the results were worlds apart. The e-cigarette model only contained one single cotton wool ball with slight discolouration: the rest of the cotton wool was completely white and free from any sticky residue or build-up of tar. The only residue present in the vaping bell jar was a small amount of moisture which was left behind from the vapour production.

When comparing the results of the tobacco cigarette and the e-cigarette against the bell jar representing clean lungs, it became apparent that the final state of the e-cigarette jar was extremely similar to that of the unaffected lungs.

This reinforces what we already know about the risk of smoking and confirms that the real danger to health lies not with nicotine content but with the tar, carcinogens and the cocktail of lethal chemicals which are present in cigarette smoke but absent from vapourised e-liquid.

So, is vaping better for you than cigarettes?

 

Look no further than the congealed brown tar saturating the cotton wool balls and inner glass of the bell jar in Public Health England’s video to answer that question…

We believe that this experiment champions the benefits of vaping as a smoking cessation aid as it clearly shows that you can continue to receive nicotine and satisfy your cravings (with a view to gradually weaning yourself off nicotine) without exposing yourself to the plethora of deadly, damaging chemicals and tar made frighteningly apparent in Public Health England’s experiment.

 

Is vaping healthier than smoking? The evidence is undeniable.

National Stop Smoking Day

The 13th March 2019 marks an extremely significant day in the calendars of smokers across the country.

As National Stop Smoking Day, March 13th provides an opportunity for smokers in the UK to take the first step towards a smoke-free lifestyle, armed with vital knowledge and reliable methods to help them get off to the best start possible.

Public Health England is arguably one of the most important sources during this tricky, testing time. Their website is rich with information not just regarding successful quitting methods to stop smoking, but also on the scale of the problem, the implications of smoking on public health and the financial impact on our country’s economy.

Public Health England states that:

Smoking is the leading cause of preventable illness and premature death in England, with about half of all life-long smokers dying prematurely, losing on average around 10 years of life. In 2016 alone, there were around 78,000 deaths attributable to smoking, representing 16% of all deaths across the UK.

Although this is a terrifying figure to contemplate, it should also be noted that these figures saw a significant decline when the practise of vaping and e-cigarette use began to really take off in the UK.

Although we can’t say for sure that vaping is single-handedly responsible for the decline in smoking rates, it is interesting to note that the adult smoking rate in England continues to experience a steady decline year on year and is now at an all-time low. In 2017, 14.9% of people in England aged 18 years and above were self-certified smokers, accounting for around 6.1 million people in total. If this decline in smoking rates continues, by 2023 the nation’s smoking rates are predicted to fall between 8.5 and 11.7%.

Public Health England also sheds light on some of the common misconceptions of tobacco believed by many smokers, the most glaring of which being that many consider the presence of nicotine to be the most harmful element in traditional tobacco:

While nicotine is the addictive substance in cigarettes, it is relatively harmless. In fact, almost all of the harm from smoking comes from the thousands of other chemicals in tobacco smoke, many of which are toxic.”

Because vaping is free from all of the harmful chemicals found in tobacco but still delivers nicotine to the blood stream with speed and long-lasting effect, it is an ideal way for smokers to kick their habit for a less harmful alternative whilst also replacing the oral and hand activity experienced when smoking a cigarette.

Public Health England also suggests that:

“Nicotine replacement therapy is a safe form of treatment and licensed for use for people with cardiovascular disease”

This is because although nicotine increases heart rate and blood pressure, it is not a carcinogen. The most damaging harm to the body comes from the tar, carbon monoxide and various other toxins present in tobacco rather than from the nicotine itself.

This collection of potentially lethal chemicals and toxins can have detrimental effects on the body, affecting far more than just lung and heart health.

The risks of male and female fertility issues, bone degradation, rapid skin aging, strokes and mouth and throat cancer (to name a few) are all vastly increased with habitual smoking and tobacco use has led to an estimated 484,700 hospital admissions and 77,900 deaths in the UK during 2016/2017 alone.

But it’s not just the health of smokers which is affected by tobacco consumption. PHE reveals that:

“smokers see their GP 35% more than non-smokers, and these costs add a great burden to a system already dealing with growing demand.”

This strain is felt further still by the £760 million cost to domiciliary care services across the country to care for those with smoking-related health conditions.

Quitting Smoking: What are the Options?

Although there are many ways to quit smoking, Public Health England has ranked what they deem to be the most reliable quitting methods in order of success rates, with local stop-smoking services appearing to offer the best chance of success via a combination of behavioural and pharmaceutical support.

The second most successful method of quitting is identified as using a stop-smoking medicine prescribed by a health professional and the third is with the help of nicotine replacement therapy such as gum, patches or e-cigarettes. Quitting cold turkey is believed to be the least successful method, with less than four individuals in a hundred staving off their habit for good with willpower alone.

Public Health England states:

“There is growing evidence that e-cigarettes are helping many thousands of smokers in England to quit”

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“E-cigarettes are particularly effective when combined with expert help from a local stop smoking service and in 2017 – 2018 around two-thirds of smokers who got this support stopped smoking successfully.”

Although these figures speak for themselves and give undeniable hope to those looking for a successful cessation method, the sad reality is that a paltry 4% of those using stop-smoking services are also using an e-cigarette as part of their attempts to kick the habit. It is clear that greater efforts should be made to combine face-to-face support with the use of e-cigarettes in order to give people the best possible chance of quitting successfully and join the 1.2 million individuals who have quit smoking with the help of vaping.

Quit Smoking with Vaping

Public Health England believes that:

“Local stop-smoking services should engage actively with smokers who want to use an e-cigarette to help them quit and provide the additional support that will give them the best chance of success.”

The most important thing to remember as you attempt to ditch the cigarettes is that you don’t have to go it alone. There’s a wealth of resources, advice and stop-smoking tips out there waiting to be utilised to drive the number of non-smokers up to match the ever-growing number of no smoking signs dotted about the country, and we strongly advise that you take advantage of this information to create the best chance of success possible.

Why not browse through our blog post detailing The Effects of Quitting Smoking, which should give you the ammunition you need to stub out the first cigarette on the path to a smoke-free you. And with the salubrious effects of quitting smoking becoming apparent in the first twenty minutes of going smoke-free, why wait to undo the damaging effects of tobacco and give up smoking for good?

Best Vape Kit to Quit Smoking

The award-winning Vapouriz FUSE Kit boasts the very latest in electronic cigarette technology and is perhaps our most recognisable and iconic product to date. The perfect option for classic vaping and smoking cessation, the FUSE is slimline, stylish and extremely easy to operate for the novice vaper with no complicated settings to adjust. Simply click the power button five times in quick succession to power the device on or off and easily observe your e-liquid levels through the clear, robust clearomizer (tank) included with the kit.

We recommend pairing the FUSE Kit with one of our sumptuous, satisfying Vapouriz Classic e-liquids which are available in a variety of flavours to suit all tastes. We also have a selection of tobacco-flavoured classic e-liquids to effectively replace the taste sensation of a traditional tobacco cigarette, making the swap easier than ever before.

Don’t forget that our dedicated team of vaping experts are on hand to give advice on all aspects of smoking cessation and to offer invaluable help to quit smoking.

From tips on how to vape to advice on quitting smoking and everything in-between, our customer services team and Vapestore shop colleagues are some of the most clued-up vapers you could hope to meet and most of them know exactly how it feels to be faced with the daunting prospect of quitting and indeed, to be helped by the practise of vaping.