The potential benefits of vaping are being overshadowed by the panic surrounding the risks of teen vaping.
Discussing the findings, spokesperson for the Utah Department of Health (UDOH), Ryan Bartlett said that the sharp decrease in teen vaping rates is likely a result of health concerns especially in the context of the current COVID-19 pandemic. “What we saw this year was a very sharp decrease in vaping. It was only a few years ago that then-Surgeon General Jerome Adams announced that vaping was an epidemic among the youth. Current data shows this is a downward trend across the country,” said Bartlett.
Meanwhile, an article published in the American Journal of Public Health last month, highlighted that the potential of smoking cessation via e-cigarettes, is being largely overshadowed by media coverage on this alleged vaping epidemic.
Benefits vs risks of vaping
Kenneth Warner, dean emeritus and the Avedis Donabedian Distinguished University Professor Emeritus at the University of Michigan’s School of Public Health, and 14 other past presidents of the Society for Research on Nicotine and Tobacco, co-authored an article that highlights how the benefits of vaping are being overshadowed by all the panic surrounding the potential risks of teen vaping.
“Because evidence indicates that e-cigarette use can increase the odds of quitting smoking, many scientists, including this essay’s authors, encourage the health community, media, and policymakers to more carefully weigh vaping’s potential to reduce adult smoking-attributable mortality,” reads the article.
The authors reviewed the health risks of e-cigarettes, their potential for smoking cessation and addressed the concerns about youth vaping. Taking all this into consideration they then highlighted the need to balance valid concerns about teen vaping and potential benefits for adult smoking cessation.