Regulatory agencies around the world are struggling to determine how to deal with e-cigs. Some countries are working towards regulating e-cigarettes as medications while others have chosen to treat them as tobacco products. In a handful of nations, vaping has been banned completely. In order, to better understand how e-cigs impact smokers, Italian researchers recently pioneered a brand new project that had some interesting results. The Italian Observatory for Smoking, Alcohol, and Drug Use at the Health Institute teamed up with the Hospital San Giovanni Bosco to explore how e-cigs really impacted smokers that were trying to quit.
Researchers monitored e-cig use among 34 Italian smokers over four months to see how many would successfully quit smoking or cut back on tobacco use. At the end of the study, researchers said, “One in two smokers could give up traditional cigarettes, with a significant reduction in respiratory impairment, thanks to a guided use of the electronic cigarette.”
By the end of the four month trial, 50 percent of the smokers were only vaping and had completely quit using tobacco. Of the remaining smokers, 24 percent were still using both tobacco cigarettes and e-cigs and only 26 percent had gone back to only smoking. But the most promising result was that even those that were still using tobacco had drastically cut down on how much they were smoking. All participants either kicked the habit or reduced their cigarette consumption. “We found a significant reduction in the number of daily cigarettes with a consequent significant decrease of carbon monoxide,” said Roberta Pacifici, the study’s director.
Once again, we have an independent study proving that electronic cigarettes are indeed a successful method for smoking cessation. While they don’t always manage to fully end tobacco use, they do provide a bridge to drastically reduce smoking. And in half of cases, smokers are able to quit completely. For many smokers, this could be a life saving piece of news.
What about you… did you use e-cigs to help you stop smoking? How long did it take before you were completely tobacco-free after you began vaping?