In the past, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, better known as the CDC, has proven to be one of the biggest critics of vaping. For whatever reason, the CDC and those that work for the organization have absolutely no interest in even acknowledging the fact that e-cigarettes could potentially end up being beneficial to those who are trying to quit smoking.
Late last year, a CDC spokesperson made a series of misleading statements about vaping and the role that e-cigarettes can play in smoking cessation. About a month later, the CDC helped fund an anti-vaping campaign in California that called for people to stop being “sheep” and following along with the vaping crowd. It was an insulting effort on their part.
But vaping is a topic that obviously isn’t going to go away anytime soon, so the CDC has been forced to address it on several occasions since then. And most recently, it did so by including findings about vaping in a CDC study.
According to the results of that study, which was made public in the Preventing Chronic Disease journal, vaping has become the most popular smoking cessation product on the market, even though the CDC refuses to endorse it as a smoking cessation option. The study also found that about half of the people who have tried to quit have turned to vaping at some point in time.
That seems like it would be enough to get the CDC to admit that there might be something to this whole vaping thing, right? Wrong. As you’re about to see, the CDC is sabotaging the results of its own study by wholeheartedly refusing to accept vaping as an acceptable smoking cessation device. Let’s take a closer look at the study and analyze why the CDC continues to be stubborn when it comes to vaping…
How the Latest CDC Study Was Conducted
While conducting its latest study, several CDC researchers, including Office on Smoking and Health director Dr. Tim McAfee, took a look at about 16,000 adult smokers over the course of about two years. The goal of the study was to try and figure out what methods smokers use most often to try and quit smoking.
The study included 10 different quitting methods, including the cold turkey method that involves simply stopping without using any outside assistance, nicotine patches and gums, and more. By conducting this study, the CDC was hoping to figure out where smokers turn most often when they decide that they are going to stop smoking.
What the Study Found
The CDC study found that, in general, most vapers try out several smoking cessation methods when they are trying to quit. But somewhat surprisingly, at least as far as the CDC is concerned, vaping was one of the most popular options available to them.
In fact, vaping products were apparently the most popular smoking cessation products out there, above other options like patches and gums, even though the CDC doesn’t technically recognize them as smoking cessation devices. The only methods that topped vaping were quitting cold turkey and reducing the total number of cigarettes smoked every day.
Overall, the study also provided evidence that showed that about half of all smokers turned to vaping at some point when trying to quit, which was approximately twice as many as those who turned to nicotine replacement therapies. Patches and gums fall into that category, and while they are approved by the FDA, they don’t seem to have the same pull as vaping does.
Why the CDC Still Isn’t Buying Into Vaping
All of the evidence in the CDC study would probably lead you to believe that the CDC would be 100 percent onboard with at least thinking about recommending vaping to smokers. But that couldn’t be further from the truth.
At the end of the CDC study, the researchers behind it went out of their way to say that they still wouldn’t tell people to vape when trying to quit smoking. They noted that there is “no conclusive scientific evidence that e-cigarettes are effective for long-term cessation.” They also made sure to point out that e-cigarettes are “not approved by the FDA as a smoking cessation aid.” And they called for further research into the effectiveness of vaping as a smoking cessation tool.
That part is at least a little bit encouraging. But if the CDC wasn’t going to say anything nice about vaping at the end of this study, why did they even bother sharing their findings? Their study seems to suggest that more and more people are finding vaping to be useful in their lives, but the CDC still refuses to give it any credit.
If nothing else, this study has shown us that the CDC is willing to concede that vaping has become more popular than ever in recent years. While the CDC and FDA probably aren’t going to endorse it anytime soon, the study proves that people have turned to vaping more often than not for help with smoking cessation.
This illustrates the real need for additional research into vaping. And the CDC and other organizations need to do more than just seek to shoot down the effectiveness of it. They need to open up their minds just a little and admit that vaping might not be as bad as they’ve led people to believe in the past.
It’s officially time for the CDC to get with the program and join the millions of Americans who have seen the light when it comes to vaping. We don’t necessarily expect them to do a complete 180 and change their opinions on vaping overnight. But how can they release a study like this one and then tell people to just ignore its results? It seems counterintuitive and like they just wasted their time.
Do you think the CDC is going to come around to the idea of recommending vaping, or will its ties to the FDA and the pharmaceutical companies that produce NRT products prevent it from becoming pro-vaping in the future?
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