In a no duh there bubba headline, that 100% no joke article CNN ran yesterday, they have thoroughly been disgusted with enough evidence to actually publish something that is pro vape. Don't get your hopes up so high just yet however, as the article basically rips on vaping the whole way through and even suggests cigarettes are so powerful that even if you manage to get away from them you need the aid of a doctor's routine visits to make sure you don't relapse.
While it's nice to finally get some mainstream positive exposure, the article itself is a bit laughable in it's claims. The papers lead author, Ramchandar Gomajee, is a researcher at France's Pierre Louis Institute of Epidemiology and Public Health. The study itself was published in the medical journal JAMA Internal Medicine, tracked more than 5,000 daily smokers for an average of two years in France. It found that smokers who vaped used fewer cigarettes per day and were more than one and a half times as likely to quit completely.
Other than the bashing that vaping and eLiquids received in the CNN article, the study itself is kind of dubious, making claims like; "that those who used e-cigarettes were more likely to relapse back to smoking." and "while e-cigarette use can help persons reduce their smoking levels in the short term, there is no evidence that it is an efficacious smoking cessation aid in the long term."
Later on in the study they do make mention to using ancient data from the turn of this decade when vaping was just becoming a technology, so primitive vape equipment was harder to use and thus being more frustrating to would be ex-smokers. For example, the study as a whole considered anybody who quit smoking from 2010 onward and found that in their sample, vaping increased the risk of relapse. However when researchers only considered people who quit cigarettes as of 2013, former smokers were not more likely to relapse if they vaped.
Clearly getting in the mainstream headlines is a big win for vapers, even if the actual article is full of trite bunk and junk science, but then again nobody reads anything except the headlines these days, and we are talking about CNN. What do you think about this article? Do you think vaping is finally coming around to have a positive public perception? Will the news ever be good again?