Countries That Embrace Vaping And Have Seen Positive Results
Across the world, there have been success stories about people finally kicking the expensive and unhealthy habit of smoking cigarettes and moving over to the much cleaner and more enjoyable world of vaping.
The ability to sell and use vape products varies from country to country. Unfortunately, some countries are fed misinformation about the health effects related to vaping, and have banned selling and using vapes. In the most extreme cases, countries like Brunai have imposed hefty fines, while Taiwan has imprisoned people for using e-cigs and vapes in their country.
Two countries, however, have seen positive results, lifted their bans on vaping, and hope to usher in a new era where cigarettes are phased out.
The flagship country for progressive reform for e-cigs is New Zealand. In March 2016, the country reversed its stance on e-cigs and legalized vaping products in the country. The legalization is expected to support an initiative to become a smoke free country by 2025. Official support for vaping as part of the Smokefree 2025 initiative was announced in October 2017.
"Scientific evidence on the safety of e-cigarettes is still developing but there's a general consensus that vaping is much less harmful than smoking," said Associate Health Minister Nicky Wagner in a statement. "This is an opportunity to see if restricted access to e-cigarettes and e-liquid can help lower our smoking rates, reduce harm and save lives."
Although the initiative is early Wagner, in her statement, said that she hopes this will combat the negative effects on the nation's more than half-million smokers.
“The potential of e-cigarettes to help improve public health depends on the extent to which they can act as a route out of smoking for New Zealand’s 550,000 daily smokers, without providing a route into smoking for children and non-smokers,” she said.
England is also one of the most progressive and accepting vape countries in the world. In 2016, the Royal College of Physicians submitted an article arguing that by restricting people from getting vapes that they’re keeping people from quitting cigarettes and harming lives. But even before that, Public Health England (the nation's official healthcare body) made the bold and widely-reported claim that vaping is 95 percent safer than smoking.
Additionally, the country became one of the earliest “vape nations” which gave little restriction to the use and sale of vapes. A UK-funded Cancer Research study shows it was easier to quit smoking in the UK than ever before and experts said e-cigarettes have made a big contribution.
Like in New Zealand, activists look to end the unhealthy practice of smoking by offsetting the expensively taxed tobacco market to the vaping market to improve people’s health in a large and meaningful way.
Britain and New Zealand are on the cutting edge of progress towards healthier alternative to cigarettes, but further restrictions are still possible even in the most accepting countries.
The goals proposed by New Zealand are particularly encouraging, especially because of the explicit goal of ending unhealthy cigarette smoke should be a priority of any healthy country. Giving comprehensive access to vapes as a healthy option to cigarettes helps that vision come alive.