BBC Releases More Proof that E-Cigs Work for Smoking Cessation

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Despite widespread debate about ecigarettes, BBC published a new article this week about the potential benefits of electronic cigarettes for smoking cessation. According to a new study, smokers that rely on ecigs as a quit aide are more successful than those that use nicotine replacement therapies or cold turkey methods.

After surveying 6000 smokers, researchers at the University College London found that a fifth of the tobacco users had quit by using ecigs. Smokers that used electronic cigarettes had a 60% higher quit rate than those that did not use vaping devices. The data led the research team to feel “cautiously positive” about the potential role of e-cigarettes for smoking cessation.

As more smokers learn about the potential benefits of ecigs, there has been a massive surge in the number of people that try vaping. In fact, Action on Smoking and Health estimated that there are now 2 million people using ecigs, which is three times higher than the number of vapers just two years ago. In 2010, around 8 percent of smokers had tried ecigarettes, but now that number is up to 50 percent.

So what makes ecigs such a successful tool for smoking cessation? According to BBC, ecigs are successful because they closely mimic the smoking experience while eliminating tobacco. “Users experience the sensation of smoking by inhaling a vapour which contains a concentration of nicotine.”

Lead researcher Professor Robert West told BBC that ecigs could make a dramatic difference for smokers that want to make health a priority. “E-cigarettes could substantially improve public health because of their widespread appeal and the huge health gains associated with stopping smoking,” he said. West also encouraged smokers to seek help from smoking cessation services that could triple their odds of success.

While ecigs are picking up momentum, some skeptics worry that ecigs will only cause the public to become more tolerant of smokers. However, West disagrees. “Some public health experts have expressed concern that widespread use of e-cigarettes could ‘re-normalise’ smoking. However, we are tracking this very closely and see no evidence of it,” he said. “Smoking rates in England are declining, quitting rates are increasing and regular e-cigarette use among never smokers is negligible.”

West encouraged further research on the long-term effects of vaping, but seemed optimistic about the potential to help many smokers finally escape tobacco addiction. Even without any data on the long-term impact of ecig use, health officials are starting to view the devices as a step in the right direction.

A spokeswoman from the Department of Health said, “E-cigarettes are not risk free, but they carry a lower risk to health than smoking tobacco and may help people who want to stop smoking.” As officials work towards requiring ecigs to gain medical licensure in 2016, it’s possible that the National Health Service will eventually make e-cigs available for smokers that are hoping to quit. “Any e-cigarette products that are licensed as medicines can be made available on the NHS. We will continue to closely monitor emerging research,” said the spokeswoman.

Have you or a loved one used ecigarettes for smoking cessation? We would love to hear from you! Leave a comment to share your experience with ecigs and tell us how they impacted your journey towards freedom from tobacco.

Jimmy, lover, blogger, vaper and ex-smoker. I’ve been blogging about and supporting Vaping since 2009. They changed my life and I think history will show them as one of the most significant public health invention of the 21st century.

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3 Responses

  1. sue says:

    It will be two years in September, yea me I started out at nic level 23%and down to 3% and hope to be done by September all together.

  2. Govind says:

    Hey Guys,

    Good to hear the positives on the Ecigs. I have recently have started using Ecigs and found that my urge to go in for a regular smoke cigarette has considerably gone down by 2-3 times a day compared to a-pack-a-day. Though I haven’t completely given up on regular smoke cigarettes and that’s mostly cause of the reason that I started out by trying the Nicotine free cartridges.

    I am now going in for the mild Nicotine e-juice for my ecig and plan to quit the traditional cigs all together and damn sure that I will. The vaping experience is quiet satisfying as it’s the vapor that actually hits our psyche of smoking experience and that works great with Ecigs as a permanent replacement.

    Also really hope the FDA approves the products and Ecigs don’t turn out to have long terms cons of vaping on us. Keeping my fingers crossed and would still will go ahead with the vapes as I am really tired of the smoke, smell and guilt while smoking up the regular cigarettes.

    In one word vaping is Spiffy way! Cheers and good luck for the long term! 🙂

  3. Jimmy Hafrey says:

    We’re glad to hear success from you guys with vaping!

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