A smoking cessation study from the University of California has produced positive results showing that e-cigarettes help smokers to quit.
The headline results of the study showed that;
“65% of vapers attempt to quit compared to 40% of non-e-cigarette users”
And, “eight per cent of vapers successfully abstain from smoking for at least three months compared to five per cent of traditional smokers.”
The findings were published in the British Medical Journal and involved a considerable sample size of 161,054 respondents of which 22,548 were current smokers and 2136 were recent quitters.
The conclusion that the authors came to is as follows;
“The substantial increase in e-cigarette use among US adult smokers was associated with a statistically significant increase in the smoking cessation rate at the population level. These findings need to be weighed carefully in regulatory policy making regarding e-cigarettes and in planning tobacco control interventions.”
This an important study to come out of America and comes at a time when the future of vaping in the States is looking a little brighter. The FDA’s deeming regulations have been scrutinised by many and Peter Hajek, Director of Health and Lifestyle Research at Queen Mary University said that vaping devices should not be strictly regulated and ‘That way, smokers can get what they want without killing themselves.’
There are however still sceptics in America.
Dr Aruni Bhatnagar, Director of the American Heart Association’s Tobacco Research and Addiction Center, said;
‘We just don’t know if moving to e-cigarettes is good enough to reduce the harm.’