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Why More Smokers Trying to Quit Are Turning to E-Cigarettes

Last updated on February 9th, 2018

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Why Vaping is Now the Preferred Method for Quitting Cigarettes

According to the CDC, more smokers trying to quit, are turning to ecigarettes over any other nicotine replacement therapy, including pharmaceuticals and over-the-counter medications.

What Are the Most Popular Methods To Quit Smoking?

The most popular ‘quit smoking’ methods are:

  • Total abstainance
  • Getting help from a doctor or health professional
  • Using e-cigarettes exclusively 
  • Weaning off tobacco cigarettes, using e-cigarettes
  • Using smoking-cessation medications approved by the FDS
  • Help from a website
  • Help from quitline -a telephone helpline offering treatment for addiction and behavior change/issues. 

What Percentage of Smokers Choose the Above Methods To Quit?

A CDC report has listed the percentages of the above popular methods of quitting.

Here They Are in Order of Preferrence:

  • Totally abstaining from cigarettes (65.3 percent).
  • Reducing the number of cigarettes smoked  (62 percent).
  • Switching completely from cigarettes to e-cigs (24.7 percent).
  • Getting help from a doctor or health professional (15.2 percent). 
  • Using smoking-cessation medications approved by the FDA – 12.2 percent.
  • Getting help from a website –  7.1 percent).
  • Getting help from quitline – 5.4 percent.

source: https://www.cdc.gov/pcd/issues/2017/16_0600.htm

So We Now Know That Smokers Are Choosing E-Cigarettes Over Any Other Smoking-Cessation Medications Approved by the FDA 

Brad Rodu, professor of medicine at the University of Louisville and an anti-smoking advocate believes these figures are important in understanding how people choose to quit. In addition, vaping has become an important part of the equation.

According to Rodu,

The CDC has finally acknowledged the popularity of vaping.This study documents that vaping is American smokers’ most popular quit-smoking aid, despite a broad misinformation campaign labeling e-cigarettes as neither safe nor effective. Far fewer smokers use FDA-approved aids, which have been promoted by federal health authorities for many years. Smokers know that, while safe, they are decidedly ineffective.

In 2015 Public Health England made a landmark statement saying “e-cigarettes were at least 95% safer than tobacco cigarettes.” They confirmed that report in 2018.

 

What popular e-cigarette do many vapers choose to quit smoking?

Royal College of Physicians-Vaping Saves lives

How Safe Are E-Cigarettes?

Speaking of ecigarette safety, in the United Kingdom, the Royal College of Physicians, have claimed e-cigs and vaporizers are up to 95 percent less harmful than traditional cigarettes. 

In the U.S. the CDC chooses to focus on the effectiveness of vaping and quitting cigarettes.

The CDC noted that,

There is no conclusive scientific evidence that e-cigarettes are effective for long-term cessation of cigarette smoking. E-cigarettes are not approved by the FDA as a smoking cessation aid.

According to Gregory Conley, president of the American Vaping Association,  there is strong evidence.

A prior CDC study showed that among smokers who had successfully quit in the prior year, nearly one-fourth were current users of e-cigarettes.

It’s interesting that there is no conclusive scientific evidence that any of the other methods smokers use in trying to quit is any more effective than vaping. There is only conjecture.

Politics and Money – Two Stumbling Blocks to Health 

Many believe that outdated ideologies or financial conflicts may be blinding the CDC and other anti-vaping organization such as the American Lung Association. 

Unlike in the U.K, Dr. Vivek Murthy, the US surgeon general has not recognized the public-health question of whether e-cigs and vaporizers offer smokers a reduced-risk alternative to traditional cigarettes. That said, Dr. Murthy is now saying that e-cig technology should be embraced if there is, infact evidence showing that vaping can help smokers who otherwise have trouble quitting their habit.

While there is a positive change in the air, it’s still unclear whether vaping products will ever be approved by the FDA. 

Have you been able to quit cigarettes using a vaping device? We’d love to hear from you, so please leave a comment.

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