E-Cigarette users more likely to quit

Posted July 28, 2017

They said in the paper: 'This study, based on the largest representative sample of e-cigarette users to date, provides a strong case that e-cigarette use was associated with an increase in smoking cessation at the population level.

"Further research is required to discover how experimentation with e-cigarettes might influence attitudes to smoking in young people traditionally at lower risk of becoming smokers; and importantly how many of this group who do experiment with cigarettes go on to smoke regularly". Overall, more people quit in the latest year that data was available - the 2014-15 year - than in the 2010-11 year.

E-cigarettes are less addictive as vapers are not as dependent on their habit as traditional smokers, research revealed last month. The usage of e-cigarettes among smokers had increased dramatically by 2014, with estimates from various studies ranging from 15% to 30%.

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The study, which is based on survey data pooled from over 160,000 people over an nearly 15-year time-span, also found that 65% of e-cig users attempted to quit smoking, as opposed to 40% of regular smokers. In 2010 about 1.4% of smokers were users of e-cigarettes.

"People should be open to consider e-cigarettes as a way to help them quit, especially if they have used everything else in the past", Zhu said. The latest research done in the US has looked into the habits of people who do use them and found out that they played a bit role in helping them quit. US health officials have continued to promote abstinence to the public rather than encourage smokers to switch to less harmful products: online fact sheets published by CDC, FDA, and the National Cancer Institute list multiple health risks associated with smokeless tobacco, but give no indication it is less harmful than cigarettes.

E-cigarette users were more likely to attempt to quit smoking (65.1% vs. 40.1%) and more likely to succeed in quitting (8.2% vs. 4.8%). The authors write that things like national ad campaigns against smoking and a tobacco tax probably helped, too. Among them, 38.2% of current smokers and 49.3% of recent quitters had tried e-cigarettes, indicating a higher incidence among quitters.

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Cessation rate was defined as the percentage of those who had quit for at least three months, who had been smoking for at least 12 months. This supports the thesis that less strict control over e-cigarettes would be positive. Prior to e-cigs, the rate of smoking cessation among the entire population did not change significantly, despite the advocacy of pharmacotherapy.

E-cig users also report finding it easier to refrain from their habit when in no-vaping areas, the study found.

"We are pretty confident that e-cigarettes are less unsafe, but that is only because cigarettes are so bad", he said.

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