Research shows vaping instead of smoking might help with COPD
October 02, 20233 min read
This might sound absolutely bonkers to some but a study has found that vaping instead of smoking may actually help smokers who are plagued with COPD. The study's latest findings, which were analyzed five years after the study first commenced, show that there might even be long-term benefits to switching to vaping for smokers with COPD.
COPD is chronic obstructive pulmonary disease and it's not uncommon with smokers. Estimates have placed the rate at which smokers suffer from the disease somewhere in the 10% to 15% range, which is a lot of people given how many smokers there are.
With COPD, smokers have increased difficulty breathing as inflammation in the lungs obstructs the flow of air.
While the latest research is a follow-up five years after the study first started, a couple of years back when the study was three years in, the study's participants who had switched from smoking to vaping reported improvements in their ability to breathe.
At the five year marker, participants who had made the switch to vaping reported continued improvements to their health. This could mean that COPD smokers who switch to vaping may see long-term benefits from switching.
While switching to vaping might hold benefits for COPD smokers, quitting smoking entirely and not vaping might be the better option. For those who are unable to quit smoking, vaping once again appears to obviously be a better option than continuing to smoke, even for those who have COPD.
Vaping, time and time again, has been shown to be significantly less harmful than smoking cigarettes. The latest estimated from Public Health England is that e-cigs are around 95% less harmful than the conventional cigarettes that are the leading cause of COPD.
Inhaling secondhand smoke, fumes, chemicals, dust, and air pollution can all cause COPD. There is also a genetic condition known as Alpha-1 deficiency that has been linked to COPD and the same is true for people with a history of childhood respiratory infection. While there are other causes of COPD, smoking remains the number one culprit by a large margin.
These days, more and more government agencies and health organizations are recommending that smokers switch to vaping. The science in favor of switching continues to pile up. At the same time, vaping is becoming increasingly regulated. In some parts of the world, vaping is now illegal. In others, governments have come to support the use of e-cigarettes as a less harmful alternative to smoking.
In more recent times, New Zealand has become yet another country whose government is pushing smokers to switch to vaping if they are unable to quit smoking. This recommendation comes after careful consideration of the scientific evidence available.
There are now many vape stores around the world that provide smokers with access to nicotine vaping products like e-cigarette starter kits and nicotine e-juice, making it easier than ever before for smokers to switch.
The numerous flavors of vaping products that are now available are seen in both a favorable and negative light. While flavored vaping products certainly appeal to some smokers who are considering switching or have already made the switch, there are also those that are concerned that such flavored vaping products appeal to youths. This has led to flavor bans in some areas, many of which were largely unsuccessful.