Vaping on a daily basis to help you to stop smoking?
Could vaping on a daily basis help you to stop smoking?
As it turns out, new evidence might be saying yes.
A rather attention-grabbing article was published by theguardian.com recently that was titled ‘E-cigarette users trying to quit smoking should vape every day, studies suggest.’
You can find the original article here (http://www.theguardian.com/society/2015/apr/21/ecigarettes-giving-up-smoking-research-nicotine).
The reason this article grabbed my attention was because I found the title quite provocative. Usually, most articles that I read seem to advocate less vaping, while this particular headline seemed to be advocating doing it more frequently.
But as it turns out, there’s some solid evidence behind the somewhat ‘situational’ statement made in the article title. In fact, the entire article was centered on two new research papers that seem to suggest that individuals who are trying to quit smoking are more likely to succeed if they vape every day than if they only vape on occasion.
Both studies were conducted at King’s College London’s Institute of Psychiatry, Psychology, and Neuroscience, and though neither paper seems to prove that E-cigs can actually enable people addicted to cigarettes to stop smoking them, it does seem that these studies supply evidence to support the fact that they may help.
The study involved a survey of more than 1,500 people, and took a year to complete. One of the studies showed that 65% of people who switched to regular (daily) E-cig use went on to attempt to give up cigarettes, as opposed to the 44% who went on to try and quit without the use of E-cigs. In other words, regular E-cig use seemed to correlate with a higher number of people attempting to quit their tobacco habit.
The second study found that people were more likely to be successful in their efforts to quit smoking if they used a refillable tank with their E-cig. The main advantages of refillable tanks are that they provide a wider range of different flavour and nicotine content options—both of which seem to have been rather decisive factors. Among tank users, 28% ended up successfully quitting smoking after a year, compared to only 13% among those who didn’t use them.
One interesting thing to note was that only 5% of people who used cig-a-likes on an infrequent basis were able to quit smoking after a year.
What does the data mean?
To me, it seems pretty clear that both of these studies seem to support the fact that people who use E-cigs on a regular basis while attempting to quit smoking are much more likely to succeed than those who just use them ‘once in a while’ or not at all.
Of course, we still don’t technically have definitive proof that E-cigs deserve to be called a proven stop-smoking aid, but these studies add to a growing pool of evidence that seems to point that way. There’s still a lot more to be learned, though two things seem to be becoming increasingly clear.
1… E-cigs are much less dangerous than tobacco-filled cigarettes.
2… Switching to electronic cigarettes and using them on a daily basis will (seemingly) make it much easier to satisfy nicotine cravings while avoiding cigarette use.
I, for one, am pretty excited about the results of these studies. I wouldn’t ever go as far as to say that E-cigs are perfect—but they’re definitely and without a doubt (in my mind, anyway) better and safer than tobacco-filled cigarettes.
In the future, maybe we’ll get the opportunity to experience a world where electronic cigarettes can actually be regulated and advertised as stop-smoking aids.
Maybe we’ll see so many people switching over to them that cigarettes will become obsolete. Maybe we’ll see people using structured nicotine-reduction plans and electronic cigarettes to wean themselves off of nicotine for good!
The future definitely looks bright for E-cigs and what they could potentially do for us. Hopefully, researchers will continue to conduct studies like this one and will find even more information on how E-cigs affect our health, body, and overall well-being.