In a press release titled “Quit tobacco to be a winner,” the WHO is at it once again. It insists that the tobacco industry has “promoted e-cigarettes as cessation aids under the guises of contributing to global tobacco control” while setting in place “strategic marketing tactics to hook children on this same portfolio of products, making them available in over 15,000 attractive flavors.”
“We must be guided by science and evidence, not the marketing campaigns of the tobacco industry—the same industry that has engaged in decades of lies and deceit to sell products that have killed hundreds of millions of people,” said WHO Director-General Dr. Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus, once again implying that the vaping industry is the tobacco industry. “E-cigarettes generate toxic chemicals, which have been linked to harmful health effects such as cardiovascular disease and lung disorders.”
In a section with the heading “E-cigarettes are not proven cessation aids,” the agency went to on to claim that the scientific evidence on e-cigarettes as cessation aids was “inconclusive,” and that “switching from conventional tobacco products to e-cigarettes is not quitting.” Sadly these statements couldn’t be further from the truth, as there are countless peer-reviewed studies conducted by independent public health experts which indicate otherwise.
E-cigarettes for smoking cessation
Meanwhile, a recent UK study titled, “The effectiveness of using e‐cigarettes for quitting smoking compared to other cessation methods among adults in the United Kingdom,” is perhaps the most recent example of an independent peer reviewed study that highlights the potential of vaping products as smoking cessation aids.
The researchers analysed data from a 1155 respondents aged between 18 and 81, from a longitudinal online survey collected between 2012 and 2017. “Compared with using no help, the odds of abstinence were increased by daily use of disposable/cartridge e-cigarettes (ECs) and daily use of refill/modular. Odds were reduced by non‐daily use of disposable/cartridge, and by use of disposable/cartridge ECs to quit and no longer using at follow‐up.
Secondary Results were similar to the primary outcome; however, odds of abstinence were also increased by use of smoking cessation medication,” reported the paper. “When used daily, electronic cigarettes appear to facilitate abstinence from smoking when compared with using no help,” concluded the researchers.