As headlines about the dangers of vaping continue to dominate the headlines, many people are working hard to bring the truth about vaping to the forefront. As a result, of the UK’s top researchers have recently taken a second look at a study conducted by The CDC in 2018.
The study “found a 78% rise in vaping (at least one puff in the last 30 days) by US high schoolers (15-18 years old) between 2017 and 2018.” These alarming numbers sent the many parents — as well as the general public — into an uproar about vaping However, UK researchers have uncovered “a gaping chasm” between what the study shows and the truth.
In the re-analysis of the 2018 study, UK researchers differentiated between experimental and regular vapors. Regular vaping was defined as occurring more than 20 times a month.
According to The Australian Tobacco Harm Reduction Association, “The study found that in never-smokers, regular vaping was rare, nicotine addiction was minimal and the great majority of smokers used tobacco before trying vaping.” To be specific, the results indicated that only 8.4% of teens who had never smoked had vaped within the last 30 days. Of those teens, only 1% were regular vapers. These numbers indicate that a health crisis involving teen vape usage simply isn’t true.
In fact, teens in the United States are much more likely to partake in other risky behaviors such as drinking, texting while driving, and using cannabis. UK researchers also found that most teens smoke before vaping which means that cigarettes present a much bigger threat to teens than vaping.
Hopefully public opinion will shift as more studies continue to prove that there is no health crisis associated with vaping. In the meantime, researches and vaping organizations will continue to spread factual information about the realities of vaping.