International E-Cig Survey Offers Proof That Vaping Helps Smokers Quit
Electronic cigarette critics are quick to say that there simply isn’t enough research to know if vaping is truly safe. However, we know that ecig research is actually abundant and some of the greatest minds of modern science are taking an interest in vaping. One of the greatest modern researchers is Dr. Konstantinos Farsalinos and he has spent years studying electronic cigarettes and their impact on public health. This week, he announced the completion of the biggest e-cig study to date, with over 19,000 participants from all over the world. The results were clear: e-cigs are effective to help people stop smoking.
Dr. Farsalinos surveyed 19,441 people including 88 e-cig users that had never smoked tobacco cigarettes. Now that the study is concluded, he has submitted the report to a peer-reviewed medical journal for formal publication. He revealed that the results are very promising with 81 percent of e-cig users reporting that they completed quit smoking by using electronic cigarettes as a substitute. For the 19 percent of participants that did not completely give up cigarettes, they reported reducing their smoking from an average of 20 cigarettes per day to only four. That is a dramatic reduction in the amount of tobacco use over a broad spectrum of participants.
The survey also considered the nicotine concentration in e-cig cartridges and e-liquids. Dr. Farsalinos wanted to know if the amount of nicotine had any effect on smokers’ abilities to quit using tobacco by using e-cigs as an alternative. He reports that over 20 percent of participants starting vaping with 20ml or more of nicotine. This data is highly important because it proves that the EU regulations banning high concentrations of nicotine could be damaging for those using e-cigs to stop smoking.
Dr. Farsalinos is excited to publish the results and hopes that legislators will take this study into consideration when determining how to appropriately handle e-cigarette regulation. “We believe this survey will enhance our current knowledge about the characteristics of e-cigarette users and will provide valuable information to the regulatory authorities,” he said.
For the thousands of vapers that participated in the study, Dr. Farsalinos said to expect a follow up in the future. “We would like to thank everyone who participated to this survey, and we hope you will continue to support our research efforts in the future follow-up surveys,” he concluded.
This survey is just another step forward for the vaping community. In the months to come, we hope to see more ground breaking research efforts from the scientific community to prove to critics that electronic cigarettes really do offer a valuable alternative for smokers.
Do you think studies like this will make an impact on upcoming regulations?