Researchers from England and the USA are of the opinion that vaping helps to quit smoking – permanently
If e-cigarette smoking helped you quit tobacco, you are not alone. Two new studies have recently been published in England and California that confirm that vaping helps in smoking cessation. The British study at University College London was led by Emma Beard and uses data from Prof. Robert West’s “Smoking Toolkit Study”. The second study was done at the University of California San Diego.
Steamers give up
E-cigarette consumption has a beneficial effect on the chances of success in quitting smoking, the British study found. While the number of people who try to quit has not been found to be higher, those who try are more likely to quit vaping.
Around 180,000 Britons have given up smoking in the long term with the help of e-cigarettes – in addition to those who have quit anyway. It is also interesting that regular e-cigarette consumption by people who have never smoked remains very low – less than one percent.
“Among those trying to quit, e-cigarette use has now exceeded use of FDA-approved drug therapies.”
The researchers at the University of California in San Diego looked at smokers over a period of 2 years. Some of them didn’t vape, some part of the time, and some non-vaping. They found that those who used e-cigarettes all along tried to quit more often – and had a far higher success rate.
Less than 16 percent of the other groups were able to quit for more than three months. In contrast, 42 percent of long-term vapers were able to stop. The researchers conclude, “Among those trying to quit, e-cigarette use as a cessation aid exceeds that of FDA-approved smoking cessation drugs.”
An answer for the skeptics
For those who are unsure or who think e-cigarettes won’t work as a way to quit smoking, this study is a good argument. Perhaps the best-known study on this subject is the Stanton Glantz Meta-Review, which claims that vaping not only does not increase smoking cessation success, it actually decreases it.
This study was largely not recognized by experts due to its numerous methodological errors. However, that hasn’t stopped Anti-Dampfer from continuing to cite it as a major source. There were plenty of reasons to question this study before (as Greg Conley does in the video below in English), now there are more.
E-cigarette advocates can use properly conducted studies to convince skeptics and lawmakers that adult access to vapor products will help smokers quit. The result would be an improvement in general health and thus also savings in health care costs. The more evidence we find of the benefits of vaping, the more difficult it becomes for opponents to slander e-cigarettes.