Switching to E-Cigarettes Can Lengthen a Person's Life

Switching to E-Cigarettes Can Lengthen a Person's Life

Switching to E-Cigarettes Can Lengthen a Person's Life

This is why it was with great excitement when I read the new study, published in the journal Tobacco Control revealing that in a hypothetical best-case scenario, switching from combustible cigarettes to e-cigarettes over a 10-year period could avert 6.6 million premature smoking-related deaths.

That adds up to 86.7 million cumulative years of life saved, as estimated by the new research from Georgetown University Medical Center. In the more optimistic one, they use the hypothesis that risks linked to e-cigarettes are 5% of those linked to tobacco, and that only a minority of people will continue to smoke in the "traditional" manner by 2026.

The optimistic and pessimistic scenarios were based on a status-quo rate up to 2012 of smokers either quitting smoking altogether or switching to vaping.

Even a worst-case scenario involving e-cigarettes would still save lives, the researchers said.

"Our findings are consistent with randomized trials and those observational studies that measure frequency of e-cigarette us", said Levy.

He and his co-authors note in the study that the tobacco industry has taken a "divide and conquer" approach to products like e-cigarettes, and it's been working.

Switching to e-cigarettes won't solve all the health problems smokers face. During his visit to Manila in April 2017, when he spoke on tobacco harm reduction and e-cigarettes in a series of media events, Farsalinos urged the Philippine government to create a regulatory framework for e-cigarettes that is reasonable, proportionate and realistic.

Replacement of cigarettes with electronic cigarettes (e-cigarettes) is projected to result in fewer premature deaths, even under a pessimistic scenario, according to a study published online October 2 in Tobacco Control.

In the pessimistic model, researchers used a "worst case" scenario, where e-cigarettes are more harmful than now believed and less likely to help with smoking cessation.

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Under a "pessimistic" projection, 1.6 million former cigarette smokers would have a combined 20.8 million more years of additional life, the research team found.

In a news release, Altria said it's working to develop less risky tobacco products.

In short, the jury is still out on what exactly the health effects of e-cigarettes will be.

Farsalinos also noted that nicotine is the reason quitting smoking is very hard. In addition, the models included only cigarettes and e-cigarettes, and excluded other tobacco products, such as smokeless tobacco, according to the study.

Starting next month, major USA cigarette companies will publish a series of statements about the health risks of smoking.

However, the vapor-emitting, battery-powered devices remain unregulated by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration.

As tobacco control experts move into what they've dubbed "endgame", or eliminating tobacco consumption entirely, the focus still remains on stubbing traditional cigarette smoking above all else.

The lung association has since argued that the FDA should have the ability to do the same thing with e-cigarettes.

Cigarette smoking would decline to 5 percent of the US population as e-cigarettes become the more popular option, down from the current 16 percent.

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