At the risk of sounding like a Buzzfeed article, what if there was a single beauty tip that could whiten your teeth, prevent premature ageing and restore a healthy glow to your skin? Best of all, this beauty tip not only doesn’t cost a penny, it’ll actually make you wealthier. Oh and you’ll live longer.
Of course you’d do it, right? No, this isn’t some new age healing process we’re talking about here, it’s science that is universally agreed on by doctors. The beauty tip is simple… all you need to do is quit smoking.
Okay, so this trick only works if you are currently a smoker. But that’s still nine million people in the UK alone. Smoking not only yellows your teeth and nails, but it also causes wrinkles, discolours the skin and causes the skin to lose some of its collagen, leading to a saggy appearance.
If you could buy a single beauty product that fixed all of the above, it would fly off the shelves. So why do people continue to hamper their appearance (and their health) by continuing to smoke?
Well it turns out that it’s not so easy to quit cigarettes. In fact, it’s really hard. Only 7% of people who attempt to quit smoking are successful when they go cold turkey. That’s just one in success in every twenty quit attempts(ish). Of the nine million smokers in the UK, 70% of them want to quit at any one time. Given that smoking remains the leading cause of preventable death in this country, it’s fair to say that it’s not just people’s appearances that are suffering here.
Fortunately, people don’t have to quit cold turkey. In recent years, e-cigarettes have become increasingly popular, to the point where they have even been seen on the red carpet (I’m looking at you Leo). But while celebrities have shown that e-cigarettes can be stylish, others remain unconvinced about the health benefits. Isn’t vaping just the same as smoking?
Public Health England, a group of doctors that advises the UK government on health issues, went and asked the same question. They reviewed all the available evidence and what they found may surprise you…
Vaping is actually 95% less harmful than smoking. This is largely because two of the most lethal chemicals in a cigarette, carbon monoxide and tar, simply don’t occur in e-cigarettes. In fact, e-cigarettes contain no tobacco at all.
Public Health England weren’t the only people to say that e-cigarettes could be a useful harm reduction tool. We’ve also seen the British Heart Foundation, Cancer Research UK and Action on Smoking Health come out as advocates for the (carefully managed) use of e-cigarettes.
Very recently, the Royal College of Physicians also researched e-cigarettes, and they not only found that the 95% less harmful statistic was accurate, but they also found that e-cigarettes are not a gateway to smoking, and best of all, can be an effective tool to help people quit smoking.
If you haven’t yet quit smoking, then why not see if vaping could save your life?