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.
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We are halfway through 2015. Do you remember that New Year’s resolution about quitting cigarettes? How is that going for you?
Well, if you are still on that cancer stick, it’s never too late to renew that promise. Maybe you did give an attempt at quitting cigarettes, only to relapse. Does this sound familiar? You are not alone.
The good news is that in 2014, more smokers quit and turned towards the vaping trend. The advancement of vaping technology has changed the landscape for smokers.
Gone are the days where you didn’t have a lot options to quit, with limited methods and products that did not work too well.
Going “Cold Turkey”
Going cold turkey may be the best and healthiest way to quit smoking. Yet, it may be the most difficult for some smokers. To abruptly quit can be a real shock to the system. Mind over matter, right?
A lot of those who did choose this method failed miserably. Relapse was a common theme. Several attempts later, there we were, at the gas station buying a pack of cigarettes and giving up the idea of quitting.
But for those of us who had that discipline, the benefits were immense. Freeing yourself from the chains of nicotine and all those chemicals in cigarettes was a Godsend.
Nicotine Gum and Nicotine Patch
Nicotine gum and “the patch.” These two products are a way for you to introduce nicotine levels into your system and take away that urge to pick up a cigarette.
These products tried to reduce that craving of nicotine by introducing it into your system at various levels. Eventually, the goal is to reduce it to the point where you don’t have much of an urge.
But these methods could only take you so far. You needed more than a nicotine-based gum or patch for quitting cigarettes and eliminating the craving.
The gum at least gave you something to do with your mouth – chew. But the patch didn’t do much at all except deliver the nicotine. And a lot of people had problems with nightmares and irritability while using it.
The Social Aspect of Smoking
Smoking also has a social aspect to it. At public venues or social gatherings, it is normal for smokers to gather like a pack of wolves and enjoy a smoke over some drinks. At work, on your breaks, coworkers mingle over a smoke.
The oral fixation and the calming of that inhale and exhale; it relaxes you. Gripping that cancer stick between your fingers and the whole process of smoking can’t be duplicated with these nicotine replacement products. So quitters tend to relapse after the attempt.
Smoking is more a habit than anything. The motion of picking up a cigarette, lighting it, holding it between your fingers; the social aspect of it all was missing. That’s what a lot of the “quit smoking” products failed to replicate.
Enter the Personal Vaporizer – Quitting Cigarettes for Good
This technology seems to have filled the gaps of other nicotine replacement products. Besides having the discipline to go cold turkey, vaping has become the one of the best ways to quit smoking, if not, THE BEST WAY.
In fact, in the past few years the word “vape” became synonymous with quitting cigarettes and allowed smoker to become “vapers.”
Vaping has become such a big business in the past few years, especially on the West Coast. California has exploded in popularity of smokers quitting cigarettes for a personal vaporizer.
The percentage of smokers among high school students has been on the decline. Smokers, in general, are becoming less in numbers due to a lot transitioning from tobacco cigarettes to vaping.
The vaping community has grown; knowledgeable people informing others of the potential benefits of vaping, and one by one, people are quitting.
A vaporizer, in its simplest form, mimics the feeling of smoking a cigarette. You can take it out to social settings, inhale and exhale and hold it in your hand similar to what you would do with a cigarette.
So if you are still trying to find a way to quitting cigarettes, maybe try these alternatives. These are the best methods available in the market today. And to get the extra help if you choose nicotine gum or the patch, pick up a personal vaporizer too.