We All Want to Save Lives

We All Want to Save Lives

Here at Halo, we are committed to inspiring adults to take a step toward a cleaner, healthier, smoke-free life. It’s our duty to create a product that can make a real difference in a billion lives or more. Saving lives is our purpose, but vaping isn’t the only “saving lives” initiative out there. We found some other successful public health strategies driven by the same goal we have.

Tuberculosis

TB is one of the top 10 causes of death worldwide. In 1995, the World Health Organization created its directly observed therapy, short-course (DOTS) strategy for TB control. DOTS has a focus on finding and treating cases quickly. Since 2000, detection and success rates have each improved by 20%. The World Health Assembly, the decision-making body of the World Health Organization, adopted the “End TB Strategy” in 2014. The strategy aims to reduce global TB deaths by 90% and cut new cases by 80% before 2030. It outlines three main components aimed at ending the epidemic: patient-centered care, bold policies, and intense research. The number of cases have decreased by an average of 1.5% per year since 2000. From 2000 to 2015, an estimated 49 million lives were saved through treatment.

Road Safety

The International Federation of the Red Cross released an International Disasters Report in 2000 that raised an alarm over worldwide road injuries. Almost 1.3 million people die on the roads globally each year. The years 2011 to 2020 were announced as the Decade of Action for Road Safety by the United Nations General Assembly. The goal is to reduce the projected number of traffic fatalities across the globe by reducing alcohol-impaired driving, improving public transport, increasing seat belt/helmet use, increasing speed control, improving road/vehicle design, and providing more effective care of people injured. This goal could save five million lives and prevent 50 million serious injuries.

Heart Disease and Stroke

Cardiovascular disease is a significant cause of death in the United States. Heart disease has been the leading cause of death in the U.S. since 1921, while stroke was the third largest cause of death in the U.S. from 1938 to 2009. Now stroke is the fourth largest cause of death in the U.S. From 2001 to 2010, the age-adjusted coronary heart disease rate declined from 195 to 126 per 100,000 population. Also, the stroke death rate declined from 62 to 42 per 100,000 population. These results are due to the decline of risk factors like high cholesterol, hypertension, and smoking. Treatments, medications, and quality of care have also improved.

Response to Threats

The 2005 International Health Regulations improved the international framework for responses to public health threats. Public health surveillance has expanded to detect threats earlier, lab capacity has improved to allow more tests for pathogens, and new Field Epidemiology Training Programs have been established. Public health efforts to reduce the spread of disease between animals and humans also lower the risk of pandemics. Because of these efforts, the response to the 2009 influenza H1N1 (aka “swine flu”) received the most rapid and effective response in influenza history. Only weeks after discovering the virus, the CDC’s Global Disease Detection Operations Center and ministries of health sent diagnostic reagents to labs in 146 countries and provided clinical training. The virus was quickly identified and a vaccine was created within 20 weeks.

Vaping

Vaping is a public health initiative that saves lives by reducing the risk of several diseases. While cigarettes contain thousands of chemicals, several of which are linked to cancer, e-cigarettes only contain four ingredients: propylene glycol, glycerin, nicotine, and flavorings.

Also, a study by Cancer Research UK concludes that vaping can reduce cancer-causing toxins in the body, in contrast to smoking. The study included 181 people, some smokers and some former smokers. Scientists collected samples from the volunteers to measure carcinogens, nicotine, and toxins in the body. The study found that smoking-related carcinogens and other toxins are reduced between 56% and 97% in long-term e-cigarette users who have completely stopped smoking. These results were exclusive to people who were not dual users of both cigarettes and vapor. On the plus side, studies have shown that smokers who used e-cigs were more likely to succeed in quitting than people who don’t use e-cigs. Vaping is an ambition that is bringing smokers toward a healthier life.

Odd One Out

Other than vaping, these initiatives have been positively accepted as “saving lives” initiatives. The U.S. Government alone invested more than $2.8 billion to combat TB globally from 2010 to 2014. The Decade of Action for Road Safety has several big corporate sponsors that donate at least $150,000 a year to the cause. The FDA has an entire page on its website with tips for a healthy diet to reduce the risk of cardiovascular disease, the signs of a heart attack, and information on how to manage heart health conditions. The International Health Regulations are also widely accepted. As of 2013, 196 states are parties to the IHR.

On the other hand, vaping is subject to in-depth regulations and the Deeming Rule by the FDA. Why is it the outsider when studies have shown that vaping can save lives and promote smoking cessation? E-cigarettes started selling on the U.S. market in 2007; can you imagine if the other health initiatives received 10 years of backlash like vaping has? Even more lives would have been lost due to unnecessary causes, just like tobacco is causing now. Over 7 million people die worldwide each year because of tobacco, an epidemic that can be completely avoided. Companies like Halo want to save these lives without unnecessary restrictions. We want to empower adult smokers to give up cigarettes by providing them with an unquestionably better choice.

Our goal at Halo is to save at least a billion lives.

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