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