Two New Vaping Studies Provide Duh Moments This Week
Sometimes the surprising news in the vaping world is that so many learned people can study the same data, run the same experiments and still act surprised when they get the same results. Of course, this isn't necessarily the case, but usually, the dissenting opinions come more from the realms of paid propagandist than from honest scientist, doctors or journalist.
Case in point, there were two new studies, by rather illustrious institutions, this week; the University College London and the Cochrane Library. Both proudly proclaimed, yet again, that they had determined what most of us have been saying ever since the first electronic cigarettes appeared on the market. Vaping is a healthier alternative to smoking traditional tobacco. To steal a phrase from our American cousins, "WELL DUH!"
As we have seen in the past, though, not everyone is happy with these new reports any more than they were with the NHS decision to recommend vaping for smoking cessation or the study released by The Royal College of Physicians that found vaping to be at least 95% safer than smoking.
Who, you may ask, dares to dispute the opinions of such distinguished institutions as these. Well, for one, ASH (Action on Smoking and Health) Ireland. And, while they are certainly an impressive group in their own right, one has to wonder why their official stand is
"ASH Ireland urges caution when using e-cigarettes until more information becomes available and there is more stringent regulation"
This despite the ever growing evidence in favour of e-cigs and the recent regulations implemented under the TPD.
Still, everyone is entitled to their opinion and if ASH prefers to continue recommending NRTs produced by big pharmaceutical companies, despite their dismal success rate and high cost, they are well within their rights to do so.