E-Cigarettes (vapes) as NRT
Vaping helps with many of a smoker’s habits, behaviours, and sensations. This includes the hand to mouth action, that can be replicated with vaping and can help smokers to keep their hands busy. Vaping delivers the sensation of inhaling, delivering nicotine and a vapour like that of smoking. Vaping delivers nicotine to help with cravings and withdrawal symptoms, although like NRT this delivery system is slower than that of smoking tobacco.
Unlike other NRT, e-cigarettes are not commonly given as a prescription, however Stop for Life Oxon, working with Totally Wicked, will be providing Skope S Starter kits with up to 2 weeks of E-Liquid to those clients eligible* and wishing to use an E-Cigarette or Vape to Quit. Skope S demonstration video is available here. The Starter kit from Totally Wicked will contain the following:
During your initial meeting with your coach, if you would like to use an E-cigarette and meet our eligibility criteria you will be provided with a code to order a Starter kit. You will subsequently be issued with a refill code to order 3 bottles of E-Juice.
Your coach will be in a position to advise you on the best NRT for you and help you make an informed choice.
How safe are E-Cigarettes?
E-Cigarettes are far less harmful than smoked tobacco. Latest evidence shows that although not risk free, E-cigarettes are far less harmful than that of tobacco smoking. This was supported by a 2020 report by the Committee on Toxicity of Chemical in Food, Consumer Products, and the Environment (COT) reviewing evidence on E-cigarettes to date, and concluded that they are not risk free, but are significantly less harmful than tobacco smoking, this was later collaborated by the US National Academies of Sciences Engineering and Medicine via lab tests. The Royal College of Physicians report on tobacco harm reduction concluded that “the magnitude of this risk is likely to be very small in relation to that from tobacco smoke, and the hazard to health arising from long term vapour inhalation from the e-cigarettes available today is unlikely to exceed 5% of the harm from smoking tobacco.”
“E-CIGARETTES ARE AS HARMFUL AS SMOKING”
There are many studies disproving this claim. In the first long-term health study of a group of vapers that had never smoked, conducted over a period of three and a half years, Professor Riccardo Polosa of the University of Catania and his research group concluded in 2017 that rather than just being far safer than smoking, long-term vapers who had never smoked were identical in respiratory health to those who neither smoked nor vaped. Public Health England and the Royal College of Physicians state that e-cigarettes are at least 95% less harmful than tobacco
“SECOND HAND VAPOUR IS HARMFUL”
We know that second hand smoking is harmful, this is often incorrectly applied to vaping as well. Surprisingly, Lorillard Tobacco Company published a study to reveal that passive vaping isn’t harmful. The 2014 study compared the levels of carcinogens in second hand vape to second hand smoke. It concluded that second hand vapour contains the same level of carcinogens as the ambient air that everyone breathes.
"E-CIGARETTES ARE NOT AN EFFECTIVE QUIT SMOKING TOOL"
At the beginning of 2019 a research team, led by Professor Peter Hajek of Queen Mary University of London, published the results of a randomized trial in the New England Journal of Medicine. The results showed not just that e-cigarettes were helpful in quit attempts, but that they were almost twice as effective as the 'gold standard' combination of nicotine replacement products they were compared with. E-Cigarettes are now a primary suggested cessation aid in NICE Guidelines.
“VAPING IS MORE ADDICTIVE THAN SMOKING”
There is evidence to suggest that e-cigarettes are far less addictive than regular cigarettes. One study by Jean François Etter in 2015 suggests e-cigarettes are similarly or less addictive than nicotine gum, both being far less addictive than traditional cigarettes.
Please contact us on 0800 122 3790 for advice and guidance from the Stop for Life Oxon team.