E-Cigarettes have existed for a number of years now. Initially, they looked like a fad that would quickly flame out as time went on. However, they have proven to be amongst the most effective ways for smokers to actually quit. Even more impressively though, the findings have finally been coming through in form of studies to confirm what many have thought to this point. The studies suggest that E-Cigarettes are more effective at helping those quit than other methods, and they are significantly healthier than other methods.
Deborah Arnott, of the Action on Smoking and Health organization points out that, “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.” The data has been clear thus far that there is a connection, and a connection that isn’t just loosely tied. Rather the data that has been showed thus far really reflects a positive change in the habits of those who are quitting and utilizing these alternatives, instead of traditional tobacco use.
Karen Albright, who authored a study on smokers and their voting tendancies, which was published in the journal called Nicotine & Tobacco Research pointed out that, “We know from previous research that smokers are an increasingly marginalized population, involved in fewer organizations and activities and with less interpersonal trust than nonsmokers.” She went on to point out that, “What our research suggests is that this marginalization may also extend beyond the interpersonal level to attitudes toward political systems and institutions.”
This research solidifies that the implications of smoking have a greater scope of impact than researchers previously thought. However, as many of the researchers pointed out – when it comes to voter turnout it’s important to begin figuring out “why” these things are happening. Simply knowing that those who smoke are less likely to turn out to vote isn’t something that can simply be written off without further research. That being said though, these two pieces of information really go a long way to quelling some of the conversations that were otherwise left to debate.
It’s hard to contest the effectiveness of e-cigarettes when they are being used in such quantity, and with scientific proof backing up the fact that they are significantly healthier than the traditional means of smoking. The vapor option, instead of traditional smoke, allows the user to get a lower quantity of tobacco, as well as consume less harmful things – which means that in the long-term they are living healthier lives and reducing the medical expenses associated with long-term smoking.