Brand New Research Indicates Something We All Knew About Vaping

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More evidence points to vaping as a highly effective smoking cessation tool

Despite decades upon decades of initiatives and education, smoking persists as the leading cause of preventable deaths worldwide. There has been a steady decline in cigarette usage for years, but regardless, in the US alone the CDC estimates there are currently 37.8 million smokers. Furthermore, there are over 16 million living with diseases that stemmed from smoking, or second-hand smoke exposure.

The first modern e-cigarette was invented by a man who lost his father to smoking and wished to create a product that would easily help smokers to quit while reducing their exposure to carcinogens and harmful chemicals. The vaping industry has stayed true to this vision, and the vast majority of vapers are former smokers. Many of those former smokers started vaping alongside traditional cigarettes, becoming dual users. But new research indicates that dual users are much more likely to quit smoking than those who haven’t tried e-cigarettes at all.

The New Study

Dual users are not a new phenomenon in the vaping world, but comparatively, there is a lot less data specifically about these users. However, the recent study out of the University of Florida took a look at this set of dual smokers and vapers. The study called, Evidence-Based Tobacco Treatment And Utilization Among Dual Users Of Cigarettes And E-Cigarettes, took a look at the National Health Interview Survey, analyzing quit attempts and the likeliness to use other tobacco dependence treatments by dual users as compared to those who only smoke cigarettes. The other tested tobacco dependence treatments included nicotine gums, patches, and even prescription drugs.

The results of the study clearly showed that, while they were equally as likely to utilize additional tobacco dependence treatments as exclusive smokers, dual users are much more likely to attempt quitting than those who purely smoke cigarettes. These results held true for almost every age group tested, except for adults over the age of 65, who were not as likely to attempt to quit smoking. Though this could be due to the lowered perceived benefit of switching among older generations.

Wider Context

These results are in line with many other studies that have been conducted concerning nicotine replacement and tobacco dependence treatments. A study published last August analyzed the PATH, or Population Assessment of Tobacco and Health, and found that e-cigarettes are the most popular choice for smoking cessation among US smokers looking to quit. Another study out of the University of Louisville compared vaporizers with quitting cold turkey, using nicotine gum or patches, and even prescription drugs like Chantix to see what was the best at helping smokers quit. What that study found was that participants who used vaporizers were the most likely to successfully quit smoking, even beating those who used the latest in prescription aids.

Vaping has also been proven to be substantially safer than smoking. Public Health England conducted a study that found that vaping presents less than 5% of the risk that smoking combustible cigarettes does. Another study found that a vaper is 57,000 times less likely to develop cancer than a comparable smoker. This harm reduction value even applies to dual users, as using an e-cigarette for even part of the time will still lower your exposure to harsh carcinogens usually ingested when smoking combustible cigarettes.

Implications

Quitting cigarettes is not easy, and the path that is right for one smoker quitting may not be right for another. While some can pick up an e-cigarette and never look back, others have to utilize many tools and support systems to quit for good. However, this dual usage of cigarettes and e-cigarettes is a good starting point for many. Dual usage can make the transition into a full stop of cigarettes a lot easier for many. Until users can reach the point where they are ready to switch to vaping exclusively, the reduction in harm offered by dual using is still invaluable. The findings of this study that dual users are more likely to quit is not surprising, but it does provide serious hope for a tobacco-free future.

Did you dual use before entirely switching to vaping? Do you think studies like this are essential to changing public perception of vaping? What was the most significant factor in you being able to quit smoking successfully? Let us know what you think in the comments, and don’t forget to check back here or join our Facebook and Twitter communities for more news and articles.

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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