Doctors in the UK say: You can quit smoking with an e-cigarette
Medical science is not an exact science. Unlike mathematics and chemistry, there is no objective truth, but mainly assumptions and assumptions. In some cases, the evidence is so overwhelming that there is actually no other point of view, such as that smoking is a carcinogen. Other topics do lead to discussion, such as the use of the e-cigarette as a means to quit smoking. The UK and the Netherlands take completely different positions when it comes to electronic cigarettes, but why exactly?
What do they say in the UK?
Smoking is bad. Vaping is estimated to be 95% less bad so it can be used as a smoking cessation agent.
What do they say in the Netherlands?
Smoking is bad. We still do not know enough about the long-term effects of vaping. We think it is less harmful than smoking, but we believe that smokers should quit altogether.
The advantage of an opinion is that you are not bound by facts. However, the position of the Netherlands on this subject seems to be separate from reality. For example, it is assumed that a nicotine addiction lasts only a few weeks, and then you have been physically kicked off. But the psychological effects go beyond the physical addiction, you can long for a cigarette for decades. Nicotine is also believed to be unhealthy in addition to being addictive. This view is on the verge of pseudo-science, because nicotine has never been proven to be harmful in limited doses such as e-cigarettes and nicotine patches. And it is also still thought that e-cigarettes, for example, encourage young people to smoke, while research has shown the opposite.
Conclusion: Everyone has an opinion
The fact is that we still do not know much about electronic cigarettes. We know a lot about cigarettes and the literally thousands of harmful substances in cigarette smoke. Can you really make everyone stop just by discouraging smoking? Doctors think differently about this, that continuing to smoke is unhealthy. Do you agree with the specialists in the UK or the Netherlands, or do you have your own opinion?