ENDS Products "Markedly Safer" Than Combustible Tobacco, ACS Reports

Over the last 6 months, the American Cancer Society has changed its position on the harm of vaping products in relationship to traditional combustible tobacco, and it's good news for ENDS advocates. According to a recent statement released by the head physicians of the ACS, current-generation ENDS products, like vape juice, are, "markedly less harmful than combustible tobacco products" (1).


As described at the beginning of the report, the utmost priority of the ACS is to eliminate cancer caused by tobacco, namely cigarette smoking, which accounts for as much as 98% of all tobacco-related deaths in the United States (2). We are all aware of the well-deserved scrutiny that has been placed on cigarettes over the last several decades, with endless campaigns and warnings issued to encourage consumers to avoid using them, but there has been a recent surge of scrutiny of vaping and e-cigarettes as their popularity has risen.

Many advocacy groups and major news sites, as well as medical professionals, have orchestrated campaigns against ENDS products that claim they are just as dangerous as cigarettes, but this new report from the ACS goes in a different direction. They claim, "many adults believe, erroneously, that ENDS are as harmful as combustible tobacco products," and "by 2015, 35.7% of respondents mistakenly believed that the harm associated with electronic cigarettes (e‐cigarettes) was 'about the same' as that of smoking conventional cigarettes" (3). However, as they point out in the report, "the Monitoring the Future study reports that, as of 2017, 'e‐cigarettes have one of the lowest levels of perceived risk for regular use of all drugs, including alcohol' among adolescents."

That is a pretty important position for the ACS to take in regards to the vaping industry, and it may prove helpful in the fight against misinformation and fearmongering by special-interest groups. We will continue to fight for our right to vape and quit smoking, and we hope to see the ACS continue their research and report their findings.

Until next week, VAPE ON!

Source:

(1), (2), (3).  Douglas, Clifford E., et al. “The American Cancer Society Public Health Statement on Eliminating Combustible Tobacco Use in the United States.” CA: A Cancer Journal for Clinicians, 2018, doi:10.3322/caac.21455.


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