Can you quit smoking with ecigs? The research says yes!
A huge number of people quit smoking last year, and new research suggests it’s largely thanks to vaping.
A further nine million managed to reduce their cigarette intake according to the survey, which was published in the journal “Addiction.”
The survey was conducted by Dr. Farsalinos Konstantinos, a leading e-cigarette researcher who debunked the infamous burnt coil “formaldehyde” study.
The Eurobarometer Statistics Show You Can Quit Smoking with Ecigs
Dr. Konstantinos was able to look at vaping and smoking data recorded in the 2014 Eurobarometer. The Eurobarometer assesses all 28 countries of the European Union, making it a treasure trove for statisticians.
According to Dr. Konstantinos, 48.5 million Europeans have tried an e-cigarette and 7.5 million are current users. An astonishing 35.1% of vapers have managed to completely quit smoking with ecigs, while an additional 32.2% were able to reduce their intake of cigarettes.
There are an estimated 9 million current e-cigarette users in the US alone. If these numbers are accurate and applicable to the States, then vaping may be helping millions of Americans to quit smoking too.
The Summary of the Findings
Dr. Konstantinos summarized his findings as follows:
“The European Union data show that the use of electronic cigarettes seems to have a positive impact on public health for two main reasons: 1. High smoking cessation and reduction rates are observed, and 2. Electronic cigarette use is largely confined to smokers (current and former), with minimal use by non-smokers.”
These findings could potentially change the tone of the entire debate on vaping. If the research continues to show that e-cigarettes are mainly used as a quit smoking tool, then legislation could be modified to make it easier for them, not harder.
More Evidence Against the “Gateway” Theory
We already know from the UK’s Office for National Statistics that vapers are almost exclusively either current smokers or ex-smokers. Non-smokers continue to show little interest in vaping, beyond trying it once as an experiment.
Dr. Konstantinos’ new survey confirms this. Just “1.3% of non-smokers reported current use of nicotine-containing electronic cigarettes and 0.09% reported daily use” according to Jacques Le Houezec, a scientist at the French National Research Institute for Health and Medical Research.
This survey suggests that while millions of smokers are giving up thanks to e-cigarettes, just a tiny fraction of non-smokers ever start vaping at all. In other words, it’s further evidence that vaping is not a gateway into smoking — it’s an escape rope out.
U.S. Studies from the American Vaping Association
This European study lines up with similar studies conducted in the US. Gregory Conley, president of the American Vaping Association, explains that…
“Worldwide, vaping has undoubtedly helped over 10 million smokers quit. In the same year, this study was conducted, a similar population-level survey was performed in the United States. That 2014 study found that 2.4 million adults had quit smoking with vapor products.”
Dr. Konstantinos’ new survey is part of a pro-vaping trend in Europe. While doctors in the US are more concerned about the ‘Gateway Theory’, the Royal College of Physicians (RCP) and Public Health England both see e-cigarettes as a method of reducing the harm done by smoking.
There are a lot of ways that smokers can kick the habit, either by prescription or non-prescription. And other than cold turkey, most of these require using some type of nicotine replacement or an alternative nicotine delivery system like gum, the patch or lozenges.
But if you’re a heavy smoker like I was, or you’ve smoked for a long time, like I did – 35 years in fact – you may need a different way to quit smoking.
For me, I was addicted to the sensation of smoking, that inhale that gives you the “throat hit” that none of the popular or suggested products on the market will give you, because they all just want you to quit – period.
And if you’re just not ready to quit or you’re having a hard time with the withdraw symptoms, a lot of organizations, product manufacturers, and even your friends and family just tell you to stick it out and it’ll get easier.
That’s not always the case! And it’s the reason why a lot of smokers might quit and go right back to smoking anyway.
What are some of the most used ways for people to quit?
The Cold Turkey Method
My brother did this, bless his heart. He just stopped smoking and started chewing gum. Not nicotine gum either, just regular chewing gum. A lot of smokers quit this way. But it’s still a tough way to quit for a lot of smokers. READ… The Winston Man Speaks Out Loud and Clear
I was told once by a former heroin addict that the withdraw symptoms I would get every time I tried to quit cold turkey were exactly what he went through when he quit drugs! That’s been backed by some medical studies too, so it wasn’t just me; it wasn’t just all in my head.
Many smokers, like me, aren’t able to go cold turkey with a smile and a shrug, and we end up going back to smoking eventually to get rid of the withdraw symptoms.
Gradual Stepping Down of Nicotine
A lot of smokers use NRT, or nicotine replacement therapy to quit smoking. And it’s a good option, especially for smokers who aren’t addicted to the physical habit of smoking.
If they have some good support and are able to change their physical routines and habits, quitting this way isn’t too bad. If they’re disciplined enough, they can quit smoking without a problem just by using nicotine gum, lozenges or the patch.
Using Prescription Drugs
Doctors often prescribe either Chantix or Wellbutrin to smokers who want or need to quit nicotine almost immediately. The drugs work in the brain to offset the chemical addiction to nicotine.
Smokers pretty much can quit “cold turkey” after using the drugs for a week, and the prescriptions are supposed to help control the withdraw symptoms of quitting.READ… Nicotine Salts and Pod-Based Systems
I say “supposed to” because they do have some side effects that preclude some people from using them.
For instance, I ended being “allergic” to Wellbutrin and suffered severe psychotic effects from the drug after just one dose. My doctor had to prescribe a sedative to counteract the effects of Wellbutrin, while my husband ran out and got me a fresh pack of cigarettes.
I finally did quit my 35-year smoking habit using Chantix. I was fortunate that I didn’t suffer from any adverse side effects until after I’d gone through the whole 120 days of therapy. That’s when the adverse effects kicked in and I had to use another prescription drug to offset the severe anxiety and mood swings.
Breaking the Physical Habit of Smoking
If you’re a hard-core or long-term heavy smoker, breaking the physical habit of smoking can be almost as hard, if not harder, than withdrawing from nicotine. It’s often the reason why smokers who quit eventually go back to smoking.
The sensation of inhaling and exhaling the smoke is a habit that some smokers just can’t get over. And when they’re using some form of nicotine replacement therapy that doesn’t include the feeling of smoking, they’re not really able to quit.
That’s where the invention of electronic cigarettes is a lifesaver to a lot of smokers!READ… Vaping in Pop Culture
Do Electronic Cigarettes Have Nicotine?
Even though manufacturers and retailers of electronic cigarettes aren’t allowed to advertise their products as quit-smoking or nicotine replacement products, many smokers are turning to them anyway to do just that – quit the nicotine.
Ecigs actually are a form of a nicotine delivery system. Just like with lozenges or gum, you’re getting liquid nicotine, but with ecigarettes, you’re inhaling the liquid nicotine in a vapor.
Since you can get the eJuice in levels of 2.4% down to 0% nicotine, smokers can use ecigs to gradually reduce the amount of nicotine they’re getting – much like the levels of the patch – but it’s inhaled, allowing the smoker to quit the addiction of nicotine while still enjoying the sensation of smoking.
Remember, a lot smokers won’t quit because plainly put – they just enjoy the smoking experience!
But with electronic cigarettes, smokers who may need to quit or want to quit the nicotine habit can do it a lot easier than cold turkey or using another drug!
Actually, the manufacturers don’t advocate or advise that you refill LOGIC ecig cartridges. Why?
The easy answer is that it takes away from their revenue. If people refill the cartridges, they don’t make money on the prefilled replacement cartridges.
And that’s true! But I think of it this way, the cartridges don’t last forever, so you’re going to have buy new ones anyway.
But if you only have to buy the prefilled cartridges a couple of times a month, you will save a lot of money just buying e-liquid and refilling the cartridges as many times as you can until they “burn out.”
And it’s not the atomizer that burns out; it’s the fiber filling inside that gets overused after about 5-6 refills.
How Long Does a Prefilled LOGIC eCig Cartridge Last?
That depends on how much you use it! The cartridges are said to be equivalent to two packs of cigarettes. So if you used to be a 2-pack a day smoker, each cartridge should last a day if you use your ecigs as often as you did a regular cigarette.
The cartridge should last you at least a day before you have to replace or refill it, but longer if you don’t “smoke” or vape as much.
How Much Money Can You Save by Refilling Them?
Each 5-pack of prefilled cartridges for LOGIC’s is $21 – here in my area of Pennsylvania or online at their website.
If I only buy new prefilled cartridges, I would spend about $42 or so a week because I’d need more than five cartridges to last a week.
A 10mL bottle of ejuice is about $5-$7, depending on where you get them. I buy my eliquid locally at $4 to $5 per bottle so I don’t pay shipping.
A $5 bottle of ejuice lasts me a week. So you do the math.
How to WASTE Money by Refilling Your Logic E Cigs Cartridges
You should be refilling the cartridges to save money, but if you refill them the wrong way, you’ll actually be throwing money away by damaging the cartridges and replacing them too often.
When you refill them, you don’t want to add too much ejuice or it will start dripping out of the bottom, which means it’s getting into the atomizer and damaging it.
You’ll also be overfilling the fiber fill inside or overfilling it and getting it into the tube in the center of the cartridge. And that tube goes directly to the atomizer.
So What’s the Best Way to Refill the Cartridges?
The best and the easiest and fastest way is to use a 1mL syringe with an 18ga pointed needle attached.
Most eCig cartridges are supposed to be filled with exactly 1mL of ejuice. If you add more than that, you can damage the atomizer fast and burn it out. Then you’ll have to buy new cartridges sooner.
After using other ways to refill the cartridges for my LOGICs and burning out the cartridges too fast, I started using the syringe and needle method and find I can get about five to six refills on each cartridge instead of just two or three.
When you use the correct amount of ejuice and refill them the correct way, they’ll taste just like a brand new cartridge – and save you a lot of money!