Study: Smokers More Likely to Quit When Vaping With “Tank” Devices

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This week, new research emerged that revealed that while some ecigs can help people quit smoking, not all devices are equally effective. According to researchers, second generation “tank” devices that can be refilled with eliquid are the most effective for smoking cessation.

In the early days of vaping, most people chose cigalikes, but that trend is rapidly changing. Today’s ecigs are bigger, more advanced, and offer new opportunities for customization. Cigalikes closely resemble a regular tobacco cigarette with similar size and weight. Many even have an LED light on the tip that automatically shines when the user inhales to mirror the look of a cigarette flame. On the other hand, the newer tank devices have a rechargeable battery and a tank chamber that can be repeatedly filled with eliquid. Not only do the tank devices offer a cheaper option for vaping, but scientists also believe the refillable ecigs are actually helping people quit smoking more effectively than the older cigalike versions.

The new study was published in the journal Addiction and Nicotine & Tobacco. The scientists found that if smokers want to best chance for success with ecigs, they should not only choose tank style ecigs, but also use them daily.

“Our research indicates that daily use of tank models that can be refilled with liquid may give smokers a better chance of quitting smoking,” said Ann McNeill, a professor at King’s College London.

McNeill said the research team conducted two separated studies using a survey on 1,500 British smokers that were followed for one year. In the first study, they discovered that 65% of daily ecig users tried to quit smoking while only 44% of people that didn’t use ecigs attempted to kick the tobacco habit. Those that used ecigs daily were able to reduce their tobacco consumption by at least 50 percent. On the other hand, those who didn’t use ecigs on a daily basis only managed to reduce their cigarette intake by six percent.

A second study examined the kinds of ecig devices people used and how that impacted their chances of quitting. Out of 587 individuals that were using ecigs at the end of the year, 76% were vaping with cigalikes and 24% were using tank devices. The best tobacco quit rates were found among the daily tank users, where nearly a third had managed to quit smoking completely.

Sarah Hitchman, who pioneered the second study, said the results bring up a lot of new questions. “At this point we don’t know why people who use tank type e-cigarettes daily are more likely to quit,” she said. “Research suggests that tanks might deliver nicotine more effectively and perhaps be more satisfying… but there may also be other factors, including price and the ways that tanks allow the user to adapt the product.”

Does this new study surprise you? What kind of ecig have you found is most effective for helping you avoid tobacco cigarettes?

Dustin has been vaping for almost a decade. He found e-cigarettes in 2008 and quickly became drawn to them as an early adopter. He's been writing reviews ever since and has established himself as a well-versed authority on the subject.

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3 Responses

  1. Angel Tibbs says:

    Definitely the tank systems. I dual used tobacco cigarettes with Big Tobacco cigalikes for 6 months before my son got me a Generation 2 device. Then I was completely off tobacco.
    The small vape shops and online businesses are the ones who make effective anti tobacco use devices. The FDA needs to apply regulations that don’t favor the large and ineffective Tobacco company offerings that keep folks dual using. So this is important, because while regulating Big Tobacco’s cigalikes (which we don’t know what’s in them) might seem easier and more familiar, it would be a huge fail as far as smokers actually quitting burned tobacco cigarettes goes to over-regulate the vape shops.
    More studies and stories like this, please. I’m glad folks are beginning to notice what actually works to keep us vaping.

  2. Jewel says:

    This study aligns with my personal experience. I was able to reduce smoking by >50% by using a cig-alike kit with pre-filled cartridges. But there was something not quite satisfying, I was still craving cigarettes and still smoking several a day. When I switched to a more powerful battery and a refillable tank, and found some great e-liquid vendors, I very quickly totally quit smoking. It didn’t hurt that it was a lot cheaper that way than either buying cigs or the prefilled cartridges.
    That was almost 3 years ago, after having smoked for 34 years and failing at quitting with gum, patch and medication.
    It seems crazy to me that the various legislation proposed usually seems to take away one or more of the reasons that I switched from cigarettes and finally quit smoking– ability to vape in places I couldn’t smoke, a lot lower cost, the better devices and tanks providing a more satisfying experience and the many delicious flavors including non-tobacco flavors.

  3. David says:

    2 words… BATTERY LIFE… the disposables are useless, you never know when its going to quit and it always seems to happen when you need a fix… tank systems offer considerable longer battery life. ease of refilling, etc… but even the lower end tanks[pen styles] can run into the same issue… it wasn’t until i picked up an itaste MVP[intro lvl box mod, vv/vw] that i was able to quit completely… the ability to up the power when you are really craving nic, or lower it when you know you dont need the nic but the physical habit is there… and most importantly the ability to power it directly via USB… its getting low, plug it in, you don’t have to wait for it to charge as it has a pass through circuit so you can use it while it charges.. no down time = no reaching for a pack.

    currently vapeing on a mech with fluid ranging from 0%nic to 0.3% nic

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