While the U.S. continues its crusade against vaping, the U.K. has embraced it as a much safer alternative to smoking. What could the U.S. learn from the U.K.?
According to an expert report commissioned by Public Health England, e-cigarettes are much less harmful than regular cigarettes. There are still many misconceptions surrounding vaping, however, and the report goes on to state that many people do not realize that using an e-cigarette is significantly less harmful than smoking a regular combustible cigarette.
With shops popping up on corners and in plazas in cities and towns in several countries, there is no denying that vaping is sweeping the world. Still, though, there are some nations that have embraced the practice more than others.
The U.K. is regarded as one of the most “vape-friendly” places in the world. While the United States’ laws surrounding the practice are fairly relaxed as well, the U.S. does not quite share the U.K.’s views. In many ways, however, the U.S. vaping industry could stand to learn a thing or two from the U.K.
Let’s take a closer look at the differing views between the two nations and what the U.S. can learn from the U.K.
The U.K.’s Attitude Toward Reduced Risk Products
Smokers in the U.K. are switching to vaping faster than people residing anywhere else in Europe. In 2016, the number of British vapers surged to 2.2 million. That is an increase of 55% over the course of just three years.
The biggest reason for smokers to switch to vaping? That’s the simple fact that vaping is far safer than smoking tobacco cigarettes.
In reports like the one listed above, British public health officials have touted the value of harm reduction over complete abstinence from nicotine. By focusing more heavily on “reduced products” like e-cigarettes rather than insisting on complete nicotine abstinence, British public health officials have successfully helped millions of people kick their cigarette habits for good in favor of a healthier way to enjoy nicotine—through vaping.
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