A recent study published in the Nicotine and Tobacco Research Journal  found that vaping may be responsible for a drop of 21% in smoking-related deaths and a 20% gain in life years for those born in 1997 after.
This research was conducted by tobacco control experts from the US, Canada, and Australia. The study’s lead author, Dr. David Levy, is a popular scientist and oncology professor at Georgetown Lombardi Comprehensive Cancer Center.
Dr. Levy debunks the popular news story that vaping is a gateway to smoking for teens. He stated: “Our model is consistent with recent evidence that, while e-cigarette use has markedly increased, cigarette smoking among youth and young adults has fallen dramatically. As long as e-cigarettes are used to replace smoking tobacco cigarettes, they have the potential to reduce harm and improve public health.”
There have been many other studies on this topic that support Dr. Levy’s statement.
The dangers of over-regulation
Dr. Levy is concerned that the FDA is focusing on the wrong thing. By focusing on the potential unproven negative effects of vaping, the FDA is missing an opportunity to improve population health by reducing or displacing cigarette use among smokers interested in quitting.
“We believe that the discussion to date has been slanted against e-cigarettes, which is unfortunate because the big picture tells us that these products appear to be used mostly by people who already are or who are likely to become cigarette smokers. Over-regulation of e-cigarettes might actually stifle the development and marketing of safer products that could more effectively displace cigarettes”, he adds.
Dr. Levy is also against the heavy regulation and taxation of e-cigarettes, which has been recommended by many health and government organizations in the US. He believes this will counteract the benefit that these products can provide. “Increasing e-cigarette prices by taxing them the same way as cigarettes will discourage youth VNP use, but also discourage use by smokers, especially those of lower socioeconomic status, who are trying to quit.”
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