Misinformation aids new smokers to take up e-cigarettes instead of avoiding it
The intention of governments everywhere is to discourage smoking, and to prohibit the use of normal cigarettes and e-cigarettes because of the health implications attached to their use, but conflicting reports from the scientific communities are not helping matters but rather working contrary to the objectives of most governments.
Almost everyone agrees that smoking cigarettes or cigar and other forms of smoke is dangerous to health, but the idea that people can quit smoking by taking up e-cigarettes as an alternative to smoking cigarettes has encouraged many smokers to switch to e-cigs and got hooked to same, inhaling the liquid nicotine they did not want in conventional cigarettes.
With the idea that smoking e-cigarettes is better and with no side effects at all, many non-smokers have taken to vaping even though health authorities debate the fact that e-cigs do not encourage non-smokers to take up the habit. But the truth remains that most people are choosing the lesser evil with smoking e-cigs.
According to the Action on Smoking and Health, there were 2.1 million e-cigarette smokers in Britain as at 2014, but by this year the number has increased to 2.6 million vapers. Both non-smokers and regular smokers switched to vaping with the belief that it is safer and non-habit-forming.
“The number of ex-smokers who are staying off tobacco by using electronic cigarettes is growing, showing just what value they can have. But the number of people who wrongly believe that vaping is as harmful as smoking is worrying,” said Deborah Arnott, the chief executive of ASH.
False information and misrepresentation of the facts about the dangers of smoking has been instrumental in the rate of those taking up either regular cigarettes or e-cigarettes.
“The growth of this false perception risks discouraging many smokers from using electronic cigarettes to quit and keep them smoking instead which would be bad for their health and the health of those around them,” Arnott added.