Vaping More Than Effective In Counseling In Aiding Smoking Cessation, Research Finds
Study Supports Current Consensus Surrounding Vaping
Vaping has been long renowned for its remarkable efficacy in aiding smoking cessation. Study after study continues to emerge, highlighting the full promise and potential that vaping can provide smokers suffering from nicotine addiction.
Results of a trial in Canada found that vaping is more beneficial than counseling in successfully aiding smoking cessation. The authors conclude that vaping may directly benefit a person’s attempts to quit smoking.
The results support the current consensus surrounding the benefits vapor products provide in aiding smoking cessation. However, the team does note long-term follow-up studies and safety information are needed before reaching a complete conclusion.
The authors also suggest the evidence generated by their trial is essential in helping to guide policy-making and clinical decision-making regarding the usage of vapor products in smoking cessation. Their results also showcase vapor products’ ability to improve abstinence from tobacco products among former smokers as well.
Investigators from the Jewish General Hospital in Quebec found that smoking cessation plans, including e-cigarettes with or without nicotine alongside counseling, resulted in a greater likelihood of successful cessation than counseling alone. The study, titled “A Randomized Controlled Trial Evaluating The Efficacy And Safety Of E-Cigarettes For Smoking Cessation,” was published in The Journal of the American Medical Association.
At the conclusion of the 12-week trial, nearly a quarter of participants who had vaped and received counseling reported cessation, as opposed to just 9% cessation in those who receive counseling alone. Even users unable to completely quit by the end of the trial reported a ≥50% reduction in cigarette consumption.
While the results are promising, the authors did note limitations in their study, particularly the short length of the trial. With that considered, the conditions were designed to reflect real-world scenarios of lifelong combustible tobacco users seeking cessation, and show the benefit of vapor products in short-term attempts to quit.
“While these are not clinical outcomes like death or lung cancer rates, the results are still quite impressive,” said Mark J. Eisenberg, MD, MPH, lead author of the study as well as a cardiologist at Jewish General and professor of Medicine at McGill University.
The worldwide smoking epidemic is responsible for millions of complications, diseases, and deaths every year. Data from the Centers for Disease Control estimates that there are 38 million smokers in the United States alone, of which 16 million currently face some form of smoking-related disease or complication.
As highlighted, the current consensus indicates that vaping may be the most effective way to combat this deadly epidemic. In addition to the trial showcased above, research published in the New England Journal of Medicine found that vaping was more effective than traditional nicotine-replacement therapies in aiding smoking cessation.
In fact, vaping is already responsible for saving the lives of thousands and potentially millions of current and former smokers each year. According to research from University College London, vaping helped up to 70,000 British smokers quit in just 2017 alone.
In addition to the aforementioned benefits, there is currently zero evidence of long-term risk to users of vapor products as well. In fact, a report by the National Academy of Sciences found that not only is vaping less harmful than smoking, but there are no known long-term health effects associated with prolonged usage.
Over the past year, vaping has been the subject of a sustained moral crusade by lazy lawmakers and the manipulative media. Despite this, evidence continues to emerge, highlighting the promise and potential it holds for the millions currently suffering from nicotine addiction and associated complications from smoking.
This study follows in a long line of research noting the efficacy of vapor products in aiding cessation and promoting abstinence from tobacco products. While the authors do note that additional research is needed, this trial helps to reinforce the benefits of vaping in assisting people in quitting smoking.
Members of the vaping industry and community must take note of and showcase these studies when lobbying lawmakers and protesting prohibition. Sustained civic engagement and informative discourse offer the greatest hope of helping to not only shift the public perception surrounding vaping but undo restrictive policies against it as well.
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