For all the smokers who vowed to quit cold turkey only to fold days later, the answer to success may not lie in the absence of cigarettes but in a different kind of cigarette.
Public Health England attested to the value of e-cigarettes to current tobacco smokers, insisting smoking vapor is less harmful and could be the key to toppling the long-established cigarette business.
Seen as a new alternative to the patch by some, the e-cigarette allegedly does the body roughly 95 percent less damage than a tobacco cigarette. So, there may exist a future where vapor cigarettes are provided to hopeful quitters as medicinal solutions.
Tobacco cigarettes have been wreaking havoc on those who can't get enough of them since Christopher Columbus brought dried tobacco leaves home to Europe from his travels west in 1492 (Native Americans knew what was up long before they offered Columbus a pull).
In an effort to someday eradicate this threat by weaning smokers off tobacco via vaping, Jane Ellison, the public health minister in England, stressed the importance of keeping e-cigarettes out of the hands of nonsmokers.
Ellison reportedly said,
Although we recognize the e-cigarettes may help adults to quit, we still want to protect children from the dangers of nicotine, which is why we have made it illegal for under-18s to buy them.
E-cigarettes do contain nicotine, yet are free of tar, arsenic and other chemicals that threaten smokers' well-beings.
In a press release for PHE, Kevin Fenton, director of health and wellbeing for the government organization, explained,
E-cigarettes are not completely risk-free but when compared to smoking, evidence shows they carry just a fraction of the harm. The problem is people increasingly think they are at least as harmful and this may be keeping millions of smokers from quitting. Local stop-smoking services should look to support e-cigarette users in their journey to quitting completely.
PHE also called for close supervision of the e-cigarette market to ensure companies maintaining relationships with big tobacco businesses are keeping on the up-and-up, The Guardian reports.
With this much support behind the product, it seems all a smoker has to do to quit for good is take the first step and remember not to linger there.