Are some people unable or unwilling to quit? A popular sociological belief has been that by making smoking uncool or difficult, it will become unpopular and people will quit, and only those unable to quit would remain. If so, products like e-cigarettes or smokeless tobacco make sense as alternatives.
Scholars at UC San Francisco (UCSF), which has prided itself on being both against smoking and some smoking cessation tools, say just the opposite. They analyzed survey data spanning 18 years in the United States and 6 years in the European Union and found that contrary to the prevailing assumptions, as the fraction of the population that smoked declined, the remaining smokers actually smoked less and were more likely to quit than to stick with it. The survey results affirm their agenda against nicotine-based e-cigarettes. They say, anti-smoking public service announcements and smoking cessation tools controlled by pharmaceutical companies, such as nicotine-based gums and nicotine-based patches, are better.
If none of that makes sense to you; why smoking cessation based on one form of nicotine over another would be the target of a culture war by some academics, welcome to the dark side of academic funding, where it isn’t about getting rid of cancer-causing smoking as much as it is advocating the cessation system promoted by certain corporations. Part of the e-cigarette market is owned by tobacco companies while all of the gums and patches are controlled by Big Pharma’. The concept of harm reduction, first proposed in the 1970s, was based on the theory that as smoking prevalence declines, the remaining hardcore smokers will be less likely or able to quit smoking, a process called hardening. The analysis of surveys found that the population is actually softening. Read full article
Science 2.0 (28 June 2015) What gets credit for smoking declines? Big Pharma & taxes, says UCSF paper [journal]. Retrieved from http://tinyurl.com/nwjap6b