There has been a lot of back and forth about whether or not ecigarettes and vaping actually helps people quit smoking. While the jury is still out about its role, a recent study coming out of England has suggested that vaping could be a catalyst in helping people butt out once and for all.
Researchers from the University College London found that between 16 to 22 thousand quit smoking in 2014 with the help of ecigarettes. Each one of the people who quit were considered long term quitters, meaning they have not smoked for at least one year.Between 16k - 22k quit smoking in 2014 with the help of ecigarettes, according to study… Click To Tweet
Previous research has suggested that ecigarettes increase the chance of successfully quitting by close to 50% when compared to other quitting methods such as nicotine gum or patches, or using no support at all, according to Science 2.0. Overall, this raises the success rate of people attempting to quit from 5% to approximately 7.5% – a marked improvement.
“E-cigarettes appear to be helping a significant number of smokers to stop who would not have done otherwise – not as many as some e-cigarette enthusiasts claim, but a substantial number nonetheless,” says lead researcher, Professor Robert West.
“There have been claims by some public health researchers that e-cigarettes undermine quitting if smokers use them just to cut down, and that they act as a gateway into smoking. These claims stem from a misunderstanding of what the evidence can tell us at this stage, but this is clearly something we need to watch carefully,” he adds.
While there are still many people who question vaping as a tool to quit smoking, as more and more studies come out and prove otherwise, it will be interesting to see how detractors and the government react.
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