The first quarter of the year is behind us, and what a quarter it’s been for the vaping industry. Now that vaping is more popular than ever, more and more studies are being performed to show just how this hobby affects our bodies and how it compares to smoking. And, because vaping has finally been around for several years, researchers are able to come up with data relating to the industry while coming up with studies that show the long-term effects of inhaling e-liquids.
In fact, there have been three equally impactful studies about vaping that have been performed in 2019. Each study benefits the industry in its own unique way and will hopefully lead to a more vape-friendly country in the years to come.
Study #1: Nicotine May Be Able to Prevent Cognitive Decline That Can Lead to Dementia
One particularly interesting study’s still underway, but if all goes according to plan, it will dramatically impact the vaping industry as we know it. Researchers in South Carolina are currently seeking out participants for a study relating to the potentially positive effects of nicotine on cognitive function. The study is inspired by a previous study that found that people with schizophrenia and ADHD are more prone to become chain-smokers because of the fact that it can improve mental activity.
This study aims to show that nicotine consumption can actually prevent mild cognitive decline that occurs as we age. The researchers believe that nicotine might actually be able to play an important role in the prevention of dementia. That’s because it’s been found that nicotine, with its stimulant properties, can improve certain cognitive functions like concentration, motivation, mood and decision-making skills. It’s also believed that nicotine can improve memory, a part of the brain that declines quickly as we get older.
Study #2: Vaping is More Effective at Helping People Quit Smoking Than Other Popular Smoking Cessation Products
If you’re a former smoker who has successfully quit cigarettes thanks to vaping, you won’t be surprised to learn that a study in England recently found that vaping is a more effective smoking cessation product than nicotine patches or nicotine gum. The study determined that while the success rates of both the gum and the patch are about ten percent each, the success rate of vaping is about eighteen percent. Also, the study found that people who switch to vaping are far less likely to go back to smoking after a year has passed.
This study is particularly significant because of the fact that the FDA still hasn’t acknowledged that vaping is primarily used as a way to get people off of cigarettes. While countries in Europe are beginning to promote e-cigarettes as smoking cessation tools, America is still behind. So, studies like these just may be able to inspire the FDA to change their tune so that more American smokers can have easy access to a potentially effective way of getting off tobacco once and for all.
Study #3: Vaping in the Military is at an All-Time High as the Number of Smokers Continues to Decline Rapidly
Another study shows that vaping is at an all-time high among members of the military. According to the study, about 24 percent of troops smoked cigarettes in 2011, right around the time when the vaping industry found its footing. Now, about 24 percent of American troops are regular vapers while the number of smokers has dropped significantly.
The study found that this data does not reflect America as a whole. While about a quarter of the military population vapes, only one in twenty American adults consider themselves vapers. Meanwhile, about 12 percent of Americans continue to smoke daily.
However, the military is a completely different environment than what the average American is used to. For one thing, members of the military are subject to an extremely high cigarette tax because the military does not want its troops to be addicted to cigarettes. Another factor is that members of the military are expected to be in good physical shape, and smoking, as we all know, can cause a person’s health to decline rapidly.
How These Studies Benefit the Vaping Community as a Whole
The vaping community should be excited about these three studies of 2019. For one thing, the fact that these studies have been funded in the first place demonstrates that the general public wants to learn more about vaping. As more information presents itself about vaping, the government will have to take notice, which can ultimately lead to more pro-vaping legislation that benefits the community and the industry on a profound level.
The other reason why these studies are so important is because there are still a lot of misperceptions out there regarding vaping. It’s sad that the general public still believes the myths that have plagued the industry when it first started. As more vape-positive studies are conducted, the general public will have no choice but to accept that the industry is not out to harm people, but rather to help people discover a new way to quit cigarettes.
As 2019 goes on, we hope to see even more studies about vaping. As of now, it appears that it’s only a matter of time before the FDA has to acknowledge that vaping has helped countless people around the country.