A wave of recently quit senior vapers is proving it’s never too late to stop smoking
There’s been a wave of elderly smokers who have been able to end their dependence on tobacco after years of trying. Their secret? It’s none other than vaping. A study published by the CDC indicated a majority of smokers are now using vapes as at least a portion of their attempt to quit smoking. That means that in just a few short years, vaping has been able to surpass all other forms of smoking cessation tools in terms of popularity. Likely more impressive is their ability to help seniors who typically have trouble adapting to new technology.
It’s nothing new for vapers to credit vaporizers as a primary reason they were finally able to quit smoking for good. We have a growing pile of evidence which indicates vaping is likely the best smoking cessation tool we have, even beating prescription drugs. E-cigarettes are becoming a popular choice among those who have had trouble in the past using other methods to quit, especially the elderly.
Seniors Who Vape
It’s not hard to find stories of seniors who had spent their entire lives smoking, finally being able to end that dependence thanks to vaping. One such person is Jeannie Cox, a retired secretary who smoked for decades. She had been told by various doctors over the years that she ought to stop smoking, but never had any success when she tried. That all changed when she first tried vaping while visiting her daughter. What’s more impressive is that Ms. Cox had no intentions of quitting when she started vaping, but it’s been nearly five years since she’s even touched a cigarette. She gives all the credit to her vaporizer, especially given the ease she’s been able to quit.
The more you ask around, the more you hear stories that are very similar to Jeannie’s. In fact, as vaping becomes more prevalent in society, more seniors are made aware of vaporizers as a smoking cessation option. It’s nothing new that fewer older adults smoke, but unfortunately, this has primarily been due to premature death. As a result, many smokers over the age of 65 see their addiction as something that can’t be curbed. But as the evidence for the harm reduction and smoking cessation value of vaping becomes more widespread, it is being suggested to elderly smokers more and more often.
What Doctors Say
According to Dr. Steven Schroeder, who is the director of the Smoking Cessation Leadership Center at UC San Francisco, vaping is the clear better choice given the lack of many of the most harmful substances found in cigarette smoke. Despite the growing evidence, the FDA keeps trying to undermine the vaping industry by making it harder to get the desired products. Their latest move has them implementing a ban on all flavors except menthol and tobacco. Another doctor who strongly supports the value of vaping is Dr. David Abrams of NYU, who went as far as to say “Any smoker, especially an older smoker, who isn’t thinking about switching is doing himself a major disservice. If you could get nicotine in a safer form, like an F.D.A.-approved medication, even for the rest of your life, you’d be in far better shape.”
That being said, not everyone will have as easy of a time as Jeannie Cox did. In fact, she didn’t even plan on quitting. She told herself she was just going to try it but realized a few days later that she hadn’t touched a cigarette since. So while not everyone can expect the same level of success, it’s clear e-cigarettes satisfy cravings in a way other smoking cessation tools don’t. The vaping industry should be doing more to attract older smokers because they face the highest risk of developing life-threatening conditions.
Smoking kills more people than almost anything else, and seniors are no exception. It’s not hard to make the case they face the most significant risk, as their likely stubborn smoking habit is putting them at a very high chance of developing cancer. This is precisely why it’s so vital for us to spread the benefits of vaping not only to young adults but also to the seniors who have fewer chances to learn about the harm reduction and smoking cessation benefits. We’ve known since 2015 thanks to a report by Public Health England that vaping is at least 95% safer than smoking, and we know smokers have a 57,000 times higher excess lifetime cancer risk thanks to a different report. Other studies have proven that vaping is the hands down best smoking cessation tool we have at our disposal. The bottom line is that if we value ending the smoking epidemic once and for all, we must be utilizing all the best tools we have at our disposal, for all of our citizens. This includes teaching the elderly about the many benefits of vaping. Remember it’s never too late to quit smoking and improve your quality of life.
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