One of the most common arguments we see against electronic cigarettes is that they will only hook more people into nicotine addiction. Many worry that vaping will act as a gateway and eventually cause nonsmokers to start using tobacco products. But is there really any need for concern? Scientists decided to explore the addictive quality of electronic cigarettes in comparison with regular tobacco cigarettes and nicotine gum. The study revealed some very surprising results.
After surveying hundreds of people using ecigs, nicotine gum, and cigarettes, researchers found that ecigs were actually the least addictive of the three. “Dependence ratings were slightly higher in users of nicotine-containing e-cigarettes than in users of nicotine-free cigarettes. In former smokers, long-term users of e-cigarettes were less dependent on e-cigarettes than long term users of the nicotine gum were dependent on the gum.”
It turns out that ecigs are less addictive than nicotine gum. Those ecigs that contain nicotine are only slightly more addictive than the ecigs without nicotine so in the big picture, it could be the behavioral addiction that is more concerning than the actual nicotine content. The scientists concluded, “Some e-cigarette users were dependent on nicotine-containing e-cigarettes, but these products were less addictive than tobacco cigarettes. E-cigarettes may be as or less addictive than nicotine gums, which themselves are not very addictive.”
Ultimately ecigs are nowhere near as addictive as tobacco cigarettes and there is absolutely zero evidence that vaping will lead people to use tobacco. Instead, the opposite seems true. Vaping offers smokers a perfect avenue to transition away from using cigarettes. Contrary to what many people believe, ecigs are not going to sentence you to a lifetime of addiction. You can gradually reduce your nicotine levels until you are completely nicotine free.
Have you noticed any changes in your level of nicotine addiction since you switched to ecigarettes?