Tobacco smoking is the single most important preventable cause of illness and death in Australia. Tobacco smoke contains over 7,000 chemicals, over 70 of which have been linked to causing cancer.

While daily adult smoking levels have fallen across Australia, the rates of decline have slowed down in the period between 2013 to 2019 and there remain increased smoking rates across remote communities and people living in the lowest socioeconomic areas.

Nicotine vaping products could be utilised to address this (particularly amongst these at-risk demographics) as it has proven to be a more successful smoking cessation tool in many cases when compared with the often times unsuccessful approaches of nicotine patches, gum, medical interventions, counselling, and alternative medicine.

According to a meta-analysis of randomised controlled trials conducted by the University of Queensland, smokers who used nicotine e-cigarettes were 49% more likely to stop smoking cigarettes than those who used traditional nicotine replacement therapies and 109% more likely to stop smoking than those in control conditions where no nicotine was supplied.

It should be noted that using nicotine vaping products does not come without its risks. However, Public Health England released an evidence-review in 2015, which found that based on best estimates, vaping is at least 95% less harmful than smoking combustible cigarettes, and when supported by a smoking cessation service, it is incredibly helpful in getting smokers to quit cigarettes altogether. Public Health England later reaffirmed this view in 2018. This ‘95% safer’ figure is based on the following evidence:

Watch the Australian Tobacco Harm Reduction Association’s Video on Rachael’s Story – How a Former Nurse Quit with Vaping

 

Click here to find out how you can access nicotine vaping products to quit smoking.

Click here to find out how to prescribe nicotine vaping products as a medical practitioner.