More and more studies are finding e-cigarettes to be the most effective way to quit smoking
Recently, three new studies have been published in the EU, UK and the USA confirming that using e-cigarettes not only helps with smoking cessation, it’s probably the most effective way. The British study by University College London was led by Emma Beard and uses data from Prof. Robert West's "Smoking Toolkit Study". The second study was conducted at the University of California San Diego. The third was a collaboration of Greek, English and French universities and it was conducted with 27 460 European citizens.
Vapers leave cigarettes behind indefinitely
Consuming e-cigarettes has a beneficial impact on the chances of smoking cessation, the British study found. Although it has not been established that the number of people quitting smoking is higher, vapers are most likely to stop among those who try.
Around 180 000 Britons have stopped smoking in the long term by using e-cigarettes - in addition to those who have stopped anyway. Also interesting is that regular e-cigarette consumption by people who have never been smokers remains very low - less than one percent.
"Among those who try to stop, the use of e-cigarettes has now exceeded the use of FDA-approved drug therapies."
The researchers at California's San Diego University have looked at smokers over a 2-year period. Some of them have not used e-cigarettes, some over part of the time and others through. They have found that those who have consumed e-cigarettes all the time have tried to quit more often - and have had a much higher success rate.
Less than 16 percent of the other groups were able to quit smoking for more than three months. In contrast, 42% of long-term vaper could stop. The researchers conclude:
"Among those who try to quit smoking, the use of e-cigarettes as a weaning aid exceeds that of FDA-approved smoking cessation drugs."
The researchers of the European Union researched a representative sample of 27 460 Europeans from 28 countries to assess the prevalence of electronic cigarette use and the reported changes in smoking status due to e-cigarettes. They concluded:
“Use of e-cigarettes in the European Union appears to be largely confined to current or former smokers, while current use and nicotine use by people who have never smoked is rare. More than 35% of current e-cigarette users polled reported smoking cessation.”
The E-cigarette as a legitimate smoking cessation mean
For those who think that e-cigarettes do not work as a smoking cessation, the Stanton Glantz's Meta-Review study is a good argument. It’s probably the best-known study on the subject and it claims that vaping reduces, the success of smoking cessation.
This study was largely rejected by experts due to their numerous methodological errors. However, this did not prevent Anti-vaping from continuing to identify it as an important source. There have been many reasons to doubt this study before but more research against its claims keep coming out every month.
Advocates of e-cigarettes, like us, may use as many well-designed studies as we can find to convince skeptics and legislators, they will always be afraid of the unknown. Even though adult access to vaping products will help smokers quit which would result into an improvement in overall health and thus a reduction in healthcare costs (and taxes), it’s a battle we can only win over time.
The more evidence we find on the benefits of vaping, the more difficult it is for opponents and big tobacco lobbyists to keep slandering e-cigarettes like Hexa, which is what we intend to do and keep doing until the irrefutable danger of smoking is a thing of the past.