When today’s smokers want to kick the habit, they often turn to electronic cigarettes. Vaping works and there is constantly new research to back up that claim. This week, a new research project was published in the International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health. After following a group of smokers for eight months, the scientists discovered that e-cigs worked to significantly reduce tobacco cravings and also helped many smokers quit completely.
Scientists followed 48 smokers over an eight month period to see how e-cigs would impact their smoking habits. They divided the participants into three groups. The first group acted as a control and they were only given tobacco cigarettes for the initial phase of the study. The other two groups were provided with e-cigs. None of the participants indicated a desire to quit smoking. During the third month, the researchers transitioned the participants into phase two and all 48 individuals were provided with e-cigs including the control group.
They asked the participants to log their smoking and vaping habits online and answer questions about their cigarette cravings. The research team was surprised to find that e-cigs significantly reduced the tobacco cravings. In fact, a person who was craving a cigarette was satisfied with vaping just as much as smoking a cigarette. However, lab testing showed that vaping did not elevate the baseline carbon monoxide levels whatsoever.
While none of the 48 participants had any intention to give up cigarettes, many of them did stop smoking after they began using e-cigs. In fact, 21 percent were completely tobacco-free by the end of the eight month study. An additional 23 percent had cut their cigarette consumption in half. When results from all three groups were compiled, the scientists found that all of the participants had managed to reduce their cigarette consumption by 60 percent after they began using e-cigarettes.
Professor Frank Baeyens and Postdoctoral Researcher Dinska Van Gucht of the Psychology of Learning and Experimental Psychopathology Unit concluded: “All the groups showed similar results after we introduced the e-cigs… With guidance on practical use, the nicotine e-cig offers many smokers a successful alternative for smoking less – or even quitting altogether. E-cig users get the experience of smoking a cigarette and inhale nicotine vapor, but do not suffer the damaging effects of a tobacco cigarette.”
The scientists noted that cold turkey quit attempts are never this successful. Therefore, e-cigs are definitely noteworthy for their excellent smoking cessation potential. “By comparison: of all the smokers who quit using nothing but willpower, only 3 to 5 percent remain smoke-free for 6 to 12 months after quitting,” Baeyens said.
It’s amazing that smokers with no intention to quit will walk away from tobacco completely after they begin vaping. It just shows once again that electronic cigarettes are powerful tools that can provide an effective alternative for smokers.