Irish anti-vaping sentiment needs to be stubbed out

With Ash Wednesday on the horizon, it brings with it one of the traditional times in the year when ideas about quitting smoking come alive. Will smokers reach out for nicotine replacement devices, prescription medication, sign up for a smoking cessation programme or simply go cold turkey?

In recent years, vaping has emerged as a smoking alternative. Invented in 2003 by Chinese scientist Hon Lik, the electronic cigarette delivers nicotine through an aerosol, rather than via the combustion products of dried tobacco leaves. And while it’s an obvious aid for people quitting, until now there has been a reluctance to give the practice an enthusiastic thumbs-up.

Well, that should be about to change following the publication of a landmark paper in the New England Journal of Medicine. In a trial of e-cigarettes, almost 900 smokers seeking to quit were randomly assigned to one of two groups. One group was given nicotine replacement therapy (NRT) – mostly combinations of nicotine patches with a shorter-acting medication, such as nicotine chewing gum, inhaler or mouth spray. The other group was given a refillable e-cigarette, with one or two bottles of e-liquid, and taught how to use the device. Both groups also received weekly face-to-face support over at least the first four weeks of the study.

E-cigarette use ‘skyrocketing’ among young Americans

WASHINGTON: The number of young Americans using e-cigarettes grew by 1.5 million in 2018, undermining years of progress in reducing youth smoking, health authorities said on Monday (Feb 11).

Some 3.6 million middle and high school students were current users of vaping products, up from 2.1 million the year before, according to the report by the Centres for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).

The CDC said the number of current cigarette smokers and consumers of other tobacco products in middle and high school remained roughly stable from 2017 to 2018.

A current user is defined as a person who has used a product in the past 30 days.
The CDC said 4.9 million middle and high school students were current users of some type of tobacco product in 2018, up from 3.6 million in 2017, with the growth attributed to e-cigarettes.

“This is the greatest single year-over-year increase that we’ve ever seen in terms of any tobacco products,” said Brian King, deputy director for research translation at the CDC’s Office on Smoking and Health.

Nouvelle enseigne. Like Cigarette

Like Cigarette s’installe à Guipavas. Ce sera la quatrième boutique de cette enseigne. En effet, Like Cigarette était déjà présente à Brest – à Bellevue et au port de commerce – et à Gouesnou. Dans cette boutique, les clients rencontreront Joëlle Le Bais et Yohan Dewailly qui sauront les conseiller dans leur choix de vapoteuses, bien sûr, et aussi des liquides pour les alimenter. Ils sauront proposer des solutions pour arrêter le tabac par un accompagnement et un suivi personnalisés. En effet, la cigarette électronique s’est imposée depuis quelques années comme un moyen pour arrêter de fumer, les clients pouvant se sevrer de la dépense à la nicotine « tout en ayant un substitut gestuel et gustatif .

What a Breakthrough E-Cigarette Study Illustrates About Addiction

The first large, systematic study of whether e-cigarettes help people to quit smoking was published January 30 in the New England Journal of Medicine, and covered by the New York Times, the BBC and many other major outlets.

The study, conducted among almost 900 smokers in England, compared e-cigs and nicotine replacement therapy (patches, gum, etc.) to discover whether vaping is helpful for cigarette cessation. The answer, unequivocally, was yes. The study found e-cigs to be rough twice as likely to help cigarette smokers to quit as NRT.

The figures were still relatively low—with 18 percent of smokers who switched to e-cigs remaining smoke-free after one year, versus 10 percent for NRT. But, given that 18 percent would extrapolate to almost 7 million people if applied across the population of US smokers, that is not something to sneeze at.

These results actually affirm everything we know or should know, about addiction. (In this article, I’ll use the term “addiction” in the popular sense, to describe compulsive use, with or without harms—although there are persuasive arguments to define addiction as necessarily including serious negative consequences, which align with current American Psychiatric Association criteria for diagnosing substance use disorders.)

Inhalation and involving your hands are crucial elements in cigarette addiction for some.

E-cigs work better than NRT for preventing cigarette smoking because smokers can still follow familiar and pleasurable patterns of behavior. A crucial ingredient in the overall drug experience to which a person becomes addicted are the favored rituals involved in administering a drug. Thus some people addicted to injecting heroin don’t accept non-injectable opioid replacements (like methadone and buprenorphine), which is one rationale for heroin-assisted treatment.