According to a new e-cig survey, American physicians are finally coming around to the idea that vaping is a safe and effective smoking cessation product. A team of scientists from the Mayo Clinic in Rochester, NY, submitted an eight-page survey to some 1500 U.S. doctors, general surgeons, pulmonologists, and anesthesiologists to request their thoughts and insights regarding vaping as a reduced risk product.
According to the research, approximately 86 percent of doctors surveyed report that they now assist and advise their patients in the use of smoking cessation products, including vaping. This news comes despite FDA deeming regulations that categorize e-cigs as “tobacco products” and controversial statements by former U.S. Surgeon General Vivek Murthy about the alleged dangers of vaping. The results of the Mayo study seemingly indicate that American physicians are much more open-minded than their politically-appointed counterparts.
- 1500 physicians were surveyed.
- 90 percent of respondents agreed that one of their chief responsibilities as a physician is to inform and educate their patients on the best possible smoking cessation methods.
- 86 percent admit to advising patients with smoking cession options.
- 65 percent admit to assisting patients with their final decisions.
- Approximately 66 percent claim that patients often ask specifically about vaping and e-cigs.
- Nearly 38 percent have recommended vaping to their patients who smoke.
- Another 12 percent recommend the use of e-cigs approximately 25 percent of the time.
- Surgeons were the least likely to support vaping as a reduced risk product.
The Mayo Clinic e-cig survey is entitled Beliefs, Practices, and Self-efficacy of US Physicians Regarding Smoking Cessation and Electronic Cigarettes: A National Survey. It is readily available for review on the Oxford Academic Journals Nicotine and Tobacco Research.
“This study documents several important previously poorly characterized aspects of the role of electronic cigarettes in clinical care. The majority of US physicians are discussing electronic cigarettes in clinical contexts and a substantial proportion of US physicians have recommended electronic cigarettes to their patients. The extent of physician engagement on the topic of electronic cigarettes should be met with increased efforts to better characterize electronic cigarettes’ appropriate role in smoking cessation and reduction.”
These recent statistics show a significant increase in doctor recommendations of vaping as a healthy and safe smoking cessation product. Earlier this year, a similar study conducted by the Mayo Clinic and Vanderbilt University concluded that only approximately 27 percent of physicians were recommending vaping at the time. According to the latest numbers, that percentage has doubled in less than a year to a combined 50 percent overall.