Due to the new FDA regulations regarding vaping, vape shops and those who work in the vaping industry are not allowed to promote any of the potential benefits of vaping. Technically, there isn’t enough scientific evidence yet to back up some of the claims that vape shops have made in the past—specifically, that vaping could be better for you than smoking cigarettes—so the FDA isn’t allowing anyone to use those claims to boost the public opinion of vaping.
However, even with all of that being said, there are plenty of doctors and health experts out there who still recommend vaping to those who want to quit smoking. And because they aren’t regulated by the FDA, they are well within their rights to say whatever it is they want to say about vaping.
One of the people who has been very vocal about his support of vaping is Dr. Drew Pinsky. He appeared on The Adam Carolla Show earlier this month, and during his appearance alongside Adam Carolla, the two old friends chatted about a variety of health-related issues.
But Dr. Drew got noticeably fired up when a caller asked him a question about how difficult it has been for him to quit smoking, dipping, and using chewing tobacco. The caller had essentially tried everything to kick his habit, but nothing had worked.
And Dr. Drew got worked up about the dangers of tobacco while talking to him and told the caller that there is one thing he could do to quit successfully, even though not all doctors recommend it.
What Dr. Drew Said About Vaping
“Even if you’re not necessarily a fan of his, you should hear him out and think long and hard about what he says about e-cigarettes and their potential benefits.”
While speaking with the caller who wanted to talk about quitting smoking on The Adam Carolla Show, Dr. Drew started off by throwing out some of the smoking cessation options that people have today. He mentioned nicotine patches, nicotine gum, and even suggested the use of Chantix, a prescription drug that is designed to help people quit.
But he also said that vaping is something that should be considered—and he believes vaping to be a great option for many people.
“You could vape,” he said. “Vaping is not tobacco. There’s nothing wrong with the nicotine, which is what you’re addicted to. It’s the tobacco that causes all the [expletive] damage.
“Anything but tobacco!” is something that many health professionals tell their patients when they are trying to quit smoking. Studies have shown that it’s the tobacco and all of the harmful chemicals in cigarettes that do the most damage to smokers, not the nicotine.
In fact, some studies have suggested that nicotine might actually be good for you and could benefit your mind and body in different ways. But the tobacco can hurt you in the long-term, which is why so many doctors will tell you to quit smoking as soon as possible.
Why Dr. Drew Thinks Some People Have a Negative Opinion of Vaping
While Dr. Drew is apparently an advocate for vaping, there are many people out there, including doctors, who aren’t as quick to recommend it. Why? Well, while speaking with Corolla, Dr. Drew addressed this issue as well.
The two talked about the excellent documentary, A Billion Lives, that explores the effect that vaping could have on the world if it turns out to be a safe alternative to smoking cigarettes. Corolla made some jokes about the FDA, CDC, and anti-vaping groups not offering their stamp of approval when it comes to vaping, and this seemed to upset Dr. Drew.
He doesn’t understand why so many people out there are so against something that could end up saving millions of lives in the future, and he thinks it’s because people hear the word “nicotine” and automatically associate it with being bad.
“People have this weird, moralizing about nicotine, as though, ‘Well, you’ll still be addicted to nicotine [if you vape instead of smoking cigarettes]’,” he said, before pointing out why this is not the right approach to take when you think about vaping. “Nicotine addiction isn’t lethal. It’s the smoked tobacco that kills you.”
This has been one of the many arguments that pro-vaping advocates have made, and it’s one that you should consider if you have a negative opinion of vaping. You shouldn’t simply be scared off by the word “nicotine” when you think about what vaping entails.
How Dr. Drew Is Helping the Vaping Community With His Words
Dr. Drew is far from the foremost authority on all things health. His celebrity status actually makes some people question his opinions. And we’re sure that there are going to be some people out there who scoff at what he had to say about vaping.
But it’s important to remember that Dr. Drew isn’t Dr. Dre. He’s an actual physician who has spent a large portion of his life studying health, medicine, and more. His opinions might not always be 100 percent correct, and he might go out on a limb every now and then.
But he’s also trained to offer up opinions that take a lot of facts into consideration. So you can’t just ignore what he said about vaping. You should at least consider it and think about what he had to say.
At this time, we can’t say that vaping is safer than smoking cigarettes. But we can say that there are lots of doctors out there—like Dr. Drew as well as doctors who don’t make a living by appearing on radio and TV shows—who are advocating for vaping as a replacement to smoking cigarettes.
Does that mean that we should just take them at their word and tell everyone who smokes to start vaping? No. But it does mean that we should continue to push forward with the necessary research to find out whether or not vaping should be used for smoking cessation.
Even if you’re not necessarily a fan of his, you should hear him out and think long and hard about what he says about e-cigarettes and their potential benefits.