Today, one of the most prestigious health organizations, the Royal College of Physicians, released their 200-page report on nicotine without smoke. This newly released report supports the use of electronic cigarette on numerous occasions. Don’t have time to read the full 200-page report? Don’t worry, we’ve outlined some of the key takeaways from this report in regards to electronic cigarettes.
7 Key Takeaways From “Nicotine without smoke: tobacco harm reduction“
#1: E-Cigarettes Appear To Be Effective When Used By Smokers As An Aid To Quit Smoking
While many of vapers already knew that e-cigarettes helped them quit smoking, it is extremely nice to have this data backed up by such a prestigious medical organization, such as the Royal Collage of Physicians.
#2: Technological developments and improved production standards could reduce the long-term hazard of e-cigarettes.
The FDA needs to take note on this one. While this industry has come extremely far since the release of beginner e-cigarettes, like the eGo series and cigalikes, imagine how much farther we can go. This study already states that e-cigarettes are unlikely to exceed just 5% of the harm that combustible tobacco cigarettes inflict on the body, but imagine if we could drop that number even lower. 1%? 0%? The FDA needs to pay close attention to reports such as this one. The current deeming regulations aim to ban almost 99.9% of all vapor products currently on the market, which would not only stifle innovation, it would send us back to the very first electronic cigarettes ever released.
#3 Provision of the nicotine that smokers are addicted to without the harmful components of tobacco smoke can prevent most of the harm from smoking.
Nicotine is commonly, and wrongfully, linked to the dangers of cigarettes. This is not true, and we now have one more report that backs up these claims. Nicotine is not the problem, the other ingredients in tobacco smoke are the real threat.
#4 E-Cigarettes have been targeted as a gateway to tobacco products. There is currently NO evidence that supports these claims throughout the UK.
There we have it. There is currently no evidence that links electronic cigarettes as a gateway to tobacco cigarettes. The United States needs to read this study, because there are numerous politicians stating that electronic cigarettes are indeed a gateway to tobacco cigarettes.
#5 Regulation Not Elimination
This report states that government agencies should take a logical approach to regulation. The Royal College of Physicians claim that electronic cigarettes are much safer product, but that they should be regulated. Though they call for regulation, they do not call for a complete elimination, like the current deeming FDA regulations do. Sensible regulation, not prohibition.
#6 In the interest of public health it is important to promote the use of electronic cigarettes, NRT, and other non-tobacco products.
This report states that it is in the best interest of public health for electronic cigarettes be promoted alongside traditional NRT and non-tobacco products as a means to quit smoking. Other studies and reports show that electronic cigarettes have a much higher success rate than traditional NRT, so it is in the best interest for electronic cigarettes to be promoted alongside other nicotine replacement therapies, such as nicotine gum and nicotine patches.
#7 E-Cigarettes are mainly used by those that are trying to quit smoking or smokeless tobacco.
Reports have come in saying that electronic cigarettes are going to be the gateway to a nicotine addiction among people that have never smoked. According to the Royal College of Physicians, this is not the least bit true. This report indicates that most electronic cigarette users are trying reduce harm caused by traditional cigarettes.
It is imperative that the FDA takes the RCP’s report into account before taking action on electronic cigarettes. What are your thoughts on the 200-page report? Do you agree with this report?
If you would like to read the full 200-page report, you can read it in its entirety here: https://www.rcplondon.ac.uk/projects/outputs/nicotine-without-smoke-tobacco-harm-reduction-0