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Vaping can be resolved without patches, drugs or going cold turkey, claims an organisation hoping to profit from American hysteria

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Smokenders LLC, the company behind the SmokEnders™ smoking cessation program has announced the launch of VapEnders©, a vaping cessation program. It promises to help vapers quit without recourse to patches, drugs or going cold turkey – which should be easy seeing as vaping carries a fraction of the addictive qualities of cigarette smoking.

Smokenders LLC says: “The VapEnders program is undergoing a pilot test to further ‘prove and improve’ the efficacy of the methodology and mobile app with a defined community of teen "vapers" who are interested in and committed to quitting.”

The Alabama organisation operates in the United States, Canada, Australia, New Zealand, South Africa and the United Arab Emirates.

It states that, “the brain of a young person does not fully develop until about age 25. Prior to that, nicotine has been shown to cause problems with the development,” despite the only evidence being obtained from an experiment on lab rats. Vapers may wonder how they (and smoker Albert Einstein) ever managed to forge successful lives after initiating smoking during their teens?

“Vapes can make you feel really good, but the juice wants pay-back! There are some really knarly side effects,” Smokenders claims. It lists the lie about “pop-corn lung” and repeats the total nonsense of smoking being a leap from a 10-storey building compared to vaping from the 3rd floor.

We know, from actual science, that vaping doesn’t pose this risk at all.

Professor John Britton said: “Nicotine itself is not a particularly hazardous drug, it's something on a par with the effects you get from caffeine.”

The New Nicotine Alliance believes: “Nicotine itself is not a particularly hazardous drug. The nicotine in e-cigarettes poses no more danger than drinking a few coffees on a daily basis, and no-one would seek to ban, or limit, adults' enjoyment of their coffee.”

ASH UK says: “It is important to note that it is the delivery of nicotine through tobacco smoke which makes it potentially addictive as this is the fastest way of delivering nicotine to the bloodstream. Tobacco smoke may also include chemicals that make nicotine more potent because nicotine separated from tobacco is not particularly addictive.

Studies have shown that animals do not self-administer nicotine readily even if provided rapidly, and nicotine replacement treatments have virtually no addictive potential for non-smokers and only limited appeal to smokers.”

Shirley Cramer, chief executive of the Royal Society for Public Health said: “Getting people onto nicotine rather than using tobacco would make a big difference to the public’s health – clearly there are issues in terms of having smokers addicted to nicotine, but this would move us on from having a serious and costly public health issue from smoking related disease to instead address the issue of addiction to a substance which in and of itself is not too dissimilar to caffeine addiction.”



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Dave is a freelance writer; with articles on music, motorbikes, football, pop-science, vaping and tobacco harm reduction in Sounds, Melody Maker, UBG, AWoL, Bike, When Saturday Comes, Vape News Magazine, and syndicated across the Johnston Press group. He was published in an anthology of “Greatest Football Writing”, but still believes this was a mistake. Dave contributes sketches to comedy shows and used to co-host a radio sketch show. He’s worked with numerous vape companies to develop content for their websites.

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