Vaping and Harm Reduction

It’s Been 15 Years…


Ah, anniversaries. Don’t you love them? It’s been fifteen years since the introduction of the e-cig. Though it took a few years for them to reach American shores and a few more to catch on. Happy birthday to one of the most effective alternatives to tobacco smoking!


At least, it would be if the industry wasn’t still struggling to be considered the healthier option it is, instead of a scourge upon teenagers and the public due to misinformation. As the e-cig ages another year, we’re starting to see legitimate pushes to educate the public about vaping and vaping products, which is promising.


How The E-Cigarette Grew In Popularity

The Popularity Of Vaping
The Popularity Of Vaping

The recipe for success of the e-cigarette, which was developed in 2003 in China, is based on a key characteristic: the significantly lower harm from the use of the product compared to the tobacco cigarette.

“The typical smoker’s cough disappears within a few weeks, the susceptibility to infection decreases massively. The physical condition improves,” explains Graz-based toxicologist Professor Bernd Mayer. In his eyes, a transition to the e-cigarette in terms of health improvement is comparable to stopping smoking.


Proof Of Vaping’s Success

Vape Tanks
Vape Tanks

But the health benefits don’t stop there. In a report by the British government agency Public Health England (PHE) in 2015, they determined that the e-cigarette is 95 percent less harmful than the tobacco cigarette. In a further publication in early 2018. The PHE added that the risk of developing cancer is 99.5 percent lower with e-cigarettes than with tobacco cigarettes.


And yet, these numbers haven’t reached the public eye or ears over in the States. (Fun fact: In other countries, the U.S. is referred to as the States. You can thank Larry for that.)

The e-cigarette’s history is a continual fight against misinformation since its debut. Thanks to various repetitive propaganda efforts, many anti-smoking advocates have unwittingly instilled the illusory-truth effect on the ‘facts’.


About Vape Research

Vaping and Harm Reduction Of Damage To the Lungs
Vaping and Harm Reduction Of Damage To the Lungs

It’s been demonstrated many times in research and in online articles, and the basic way it works is when a lie or stretched truth is repeated enough that the mind considers it as fact. When we’re exposed to an idea we’ve heard before. Our familiarity with it makes it easier to process, and that ease makes us believe that it’s true.


Back to e-cigs; this is one of the primary reasons that the information may be hard to filter, even at the 15-year mark of the product’s creation. We can’t fight those falsehoods alone, but we can take a step in the right direction.


Keep moving forward vapers. Spread the word! Vaping isn’t complicated, it has become easier than ever to become a former smoker. With vaping units for all level of expertise and some too easy to use. With so many flavors to choose from and device shapes, quitting cigarettes has never been easier. I’m a living testimonial of that.