The next time someone gives you a hard time about vaping, you’ll have scientific data on your side. The Georgetown Lombardi Comprehensive Cancer Center just released results of a study that shows nearly 6.6 million lives could be saved by vaping within the next decade. The researchers stress that this critical number should encourage health experts to rethink their approach to vaping.
The study, which was published in Tobacco Control journal, takes a hypothetical approach to the consequences that would happen if the majority of smokers switched to vaping. On the other side of the coin, it examines the outcome of vaping becoming obsolete.
In the best-case scenario model, researchers found that “replacement of cigarette by e-cigarette use over a 10-year period yields 6.6 million fewer premature deaths with 86.7 million fewer life years lost.”
Worst case scenario? “1.6 million premature deaths are averted with 20.8 million fewer life years lost.” Not too shabby.
These numbers aren’t just numbers for the researchers at Georgetown University. These numbers are an impetus to enact change. The study’s conclusions note that “a strategy of replacing cigarette smoking with vaping would yield substantial life year gains.”
Researchers are pushing for public health organizations to start recommending vaping as an alternative to smoking. The UK is already doing that for its Stoptober campaign. What’s taking so long, United States?
As the FDA starts to rethink its approach to vaping and negative vape news seems to be slightly less prevalent, maybe now’s the time for U.S. lawmakers and health professionals stop shunning e-cigs and start taking this study’s advice:
“An endgame scenario for cigarettes might well be within reach, if new technologies for delivering nicotine with substantially less harm, but sufficient satisfaction, are harnessed with sufficient passion and political will to aggressively phase out tobacco cigarettes.”