Electronic cigarettes have been marketed as a device that could replace smoking. Despite the clashing ideas of whether this is true or not, the Ministry of Health in Britain has announced that e-cigarettes are less harmful than that of smoking. The main underlying reasons for this was that it does not involve smoke (which would then include fire) and also the point that it contains no tobacco. There have been many going against the idea of banning or regulating e-cigarettes mainly for the reason that vaporizers can save lives. Constant research and studies are being done regarding these devices in an attempt to pinpoint whether these devices are really harmful or not.
Viewing e-cigarettes as a method to save smokers has been a popular concept and it has helped many smokers to quit smoking. Jimmy Hafrey on ChurnMag.com (article: “Health Experts Say E-Cigs Could Save 50,000 Lives Each Year”), provides the information on a study done by health experts in Britain. “A London-based coalition of health experts are condemning the WHO (World Health Organization) remarks as misleading and arguing that ecigs could potentially revolutionize public health and save 50,000 lives per year in Britain alone” (Jimmy Hafrey).
The WHO has made the statement that e-cigarettes should be regulated because of the danger of e-cigarettes acting as a gateway to smoking and that there are toxins that are hazardous to health. The first point of e-cigarettes as a gateway to smoking is an argument that has been undermined through various research. Recent studies have shown that people who vape have been or are smokers with a mere 1% of non-smokers who have actually tried e-cigarettes. The latter statement of e-cigarettes being toxic has also been dented. E-cigarettes provide users with significantly less hazardous effects compared to that of conventional cigarettes. Obviously, the most idealistic situation would be one in which nobody smokes nor vapes. However, with the rise in popularity of e-cigarettes, there have been many that have or have made attempts to ban or regulate these products.
Banning these products may actually serve to deteriorate public health as people who initially made the switch to vaping may go back to their habit of smoking. “Based on current research data, scientists believe that for every one million smokers that switch to vaping, there are 6,000 premature deaths prevented per year. Using those calculations, if every smoker in England switched to ecigs, there would be 50,000 lives saved every year. With such incredible potential to stop smoking-related deaths, it seems absolutely ludicrous to caution people against vaping” (Jimmy Hafrey).
E-cigarettes have the potential to save lives. Eradicating smoking will not only save thousands of smokers but it will also save those who are exposed to second-hand smoking. Net Wellness (University of Cincinnati, The Ohio State University, Case Western Reserve University), has stated that “cigarette smoking causes an estimated 443,000 deaths each year, including approximately 49,000 deaths due to exposure to secondhand smoke. Lung cancer is the leading cause of cancer death among both men and women in the United States, and 90 percent of lung cancer deaths among men and approximately 80 percent of lung cancer deaths among women are due to smoking”. Smoking has thousands of chemicals and many of these are cancer causing chemicals. Lung cancer is only one of the many other cancers (throat, mouth, nasal, etc) that may occur due to smoking.
For some, this is the reason why it is so mind boggling that law makers would try to ban or regulate these products. With the rise in popularity for e-cigarettes, there has been a decrease in the population of smokers. If e-cigarettes were to be regulated, all those who quit smoking with the aid of vaporizers may return to their old habit of smoking. However, if e-cigarettes are regulated to the extent where it is available for those of age (especially smokers) and yet limited to minors, e-cigarettes have the potential to save millions of lives in the future.