E-cigarette benefits have been in the press a lot lately. It seems as if the world is now coming to terms with what we knew all along: that switching to vaping is the way forward!
Electronic cigarettes have been hailed as the “Big White Hope” in the fight against tobacco by the Irish Times. This represents a significant turn-around in Irish attitudes towards vaping. When we initially came into the Irish market in 2012, we found that there was much distrust in the media towards e-cigarettes. Professor Peter Hajek, a London-based psychologist, who was interviewed for the above Irish Times article sums it up pretty well:
“Because e-cigarettes resemble real cigarettes, our gut reaction is negative, but once you look into the implications there is great potential.”
The potential of e-cigarettes
Hajek went on to say that e-cigarettes have the potential to “end the tobacco epidemic”.
To us, this is huge. As the world’s smokers approach 1 billion, and 5.7 million of these smokers die every year because of smoking, it is high time to turn the tide on the deadliest consumer product on the market.
The potential that switching to e-cigarettes has involves both the nation’s health and economy. It currently costs our health service more than 1 billion euro every year to provide health services for smokers. Even then, more than 7,000 smokers die in Ireland every year from tobacco related illnesses.
It’s not the nicotine, it’s the other substances present in cigarettes which are harmful and which cause cancer and other diseases. Hajek explains:
“Nicotine itself may be no more harmful to health than coffee, and it’s the other substances in regular cigarettes that are dangerous.”
Our VIP e-cigarettes may be cigarette-shaped (to ease the switching process) but they contain just these ingredients: Water, nicotine, propylene glycol and flavouring ingredients. According to the American Centre for Disease Control and Prevention:
“Tobacco smoke contains a deadly mix of more than 7,000 chemicals. Hundreds are toxic. About 70 can cause cancer.”
At VIP, we have always believed in the “hope” and the potential of e-cigarettes to give smokers another option other than “quit or die” as Joe spoke about on TV3 last month.
National no smoking day: March 5th
E-cigarettes could be your “big white hope” too.
March 5th is national no-smoking day in Ireland. Perhaps it’s time to stub out that cigarette for good and switch to vaping for your health and the health of those around you. According to the Department of health:
“A non-smoker living with a smoker has a 25% increased risk of lung cancer and a 30% increased risk of heart disease.”
March 5th is also your chance to become a positive role model for your friends, family and most importantly for younger people. According to a recent article in the Irish Times, most smokers start smoking cigarettes before their 18th birthday.
And if after all that, you still need reasons to quit, we’ve got some more here.