New Research Proves Vaping Increases Success Of Smoking Cessation Programs by 300%
A new report confirms that vaping is an invaluable smoking cessation tool in several vital ways.
It’s really easy to forget, but e-cigarettes have only existed for the last decade or so. It seems like every week we get a new advanced device or atomizer that promises to change the game forever. However, it’s crucial to remember vaping is still relatively new and needs to be researched further. That said, a lot of the data we have does support the idea vaping is a powerful harm reduction and smoking cessation tool. Regardless, the majority of legislators in America are still choosing to be skeptical of vaping and equate it with smoking at every turn. However, a new report is once again proving vaping and smoking are very different and ought to be treated as such.
The new report concluded that not only are e-cigarettes powerful smoking cessation tools in their own right but they also significantly increase the chances other smoking cessation programs are effective. The vaping community has been celebrating the news, hoping it helps shift momentum across the country. Meanwhile, anti-vapers continue to question the provided value and focus on the imagined teenage vaping “epidemic.” No matter what happens next, this latest report helps prove once again how useful vaping is.
A team of researchers led by Dr. Richard Holliday wanted to test the viability of e-cigarettes as supplemental smoking cessation tools. The researchers out of Newcastle University were particularly interested in how vaping could be introduced in a dental setting. Smokers are at a much-increased risk of oral disease, so researchers wanted to test what happens when dentists become advocates for switching to vaping. The feasibility study was conducted over 22 months, as well as two months after testing in which participants were told to live as normal. Their randomized trial provided the experimental group with a brief smoking cessation discussion along with an e-cigarette starter kit. The control group was given the same smoking cessation advice but weren’t told about or given any e-cigarettes to use.
After the trial, some distinct patterns were emerging. For starters, a full 90% of participants enjoyed the vaporizers and were still using them even two months after being told they could stop. In fact, 20% of the control group also reported trying a vaporizer at one point or another, despite being asked not too. However, the other results pale in comparison to the fact that the vaping group was found to be three times more likely to stay away from tobacco than the control group.
Another Piece Of The Puzzle
There’s already plenty of evidence supporting the harm reduction and smoking cessation value of vaping that this new report fits nicely with. Back in 2015, we got a massive report from the national health agency for England, PHE, which concluded vaping is at least 95% safer than continued smoking. Over the years, we’ve collected quite a bit more evidence suggesting this extreme harm reduction provided by e-cigarettes. Even just a few months back, researchers at Roswell Park concluded the toxicants in vapor are 93% lower than cigarette smoke. But if you want to understand what’s at stake, consider the report from the Journal of Aerosol Sciences which concluded the excess lifetime cancer risk of a smoker is around 57,000 times higher than a vaper from a similar background.
If you look past the general harm reduction, the case for vaping is still very strong. In fact, this new report matches right up with what we know thanks to researchers out of the University of Louisville. The team tested all the most common smoking cessation tools and methods, ranging from cold turkey through prescription drugs, to determine the most likely to succeed. After analyzing their data, the team concluded that not only is vaping effective; it may actually be more likely to succeed than anything else. Even the teenage vaping “epidemic” argument falls in the face of peer-reviewed research. A study by Action on Smoking and Health of over 60,000 teens concluded only between 0.1% and 0.5% of non-smokers are ever picking up vaporizers more than once or twice.
It’s always incredible to get new research supporting the harm reduction and smoking cessation purposes of vaping. It’s even better when it clearly shows why e-cigarettes and cigarettes need to be regulated separately. We now have a massive pile of independent research which proves vaping has the utility to warrant it being considered better than smoking. The more people who understand what they stand to gain by switching to vaping, the harder it will be for the misinformation to out.
Will this new study have a significant impact on vaping? What do you think is the most critical part about vaping? Should vaping get support from the health community? 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.