Study shows vapers using tanks have a better chance of quitting
Vaping has become something of a culture in recent times, with large online and social communities forming throughout the United States, UK and the rest of Europe. We’ve even seen political parties formed around this latest craze. It’s clear to see that vaping has become very popular.
The UK has an estimated two million vapers, using a wide range of models from what seems like an infinite number of suppliers. Electronic cigarettes come in the form of disposable models in the shape of a standard tobacco cigarette, sometimes known as cigalikes; e-cigarettes that can be refilled with liquid; and advanced models, known as E-Cig Mods, where users can alter the power and resistance of their equipment.
The health benefits of e-cigarettes have been recognized and discussed at length; socially, in the media and even parliament. Liquid vapour is known to be less harmful than the mix of carcinogenic chemicals found in traditional cigarettes, and previous studies have found that e-cigarettes are more effective than nicotine patches in helping smokers to give up completely.
A recent study has of 587 people showed, after a one year interval, that nearly a third of daily tank users (28%) had quit smoking, compared with 13% of those not using an e-cigarette, and 11% of daily cigalike users.
A study carried out by a team of researchers at the Institute of Psychiatry, Psychology & Neuroscience (IoPPN) at King’s College London and University College London looked at not only how often e-cigarettes were used but also what types of e-cigarettes were used: both cigalikes and tank models.
Lead author of the study Dr Sara Hitchman from the IoPPN at King’s College London, commented: “Our research demonstrates the importance of distinguishing between different types of e-cigarettes and frequency of use when examining the association between e-cigarettes and quitting.
The doctor further went on to say “At this point we don’t know why people who use tank type e-cigarettes daily are more likely to have quit. Research suggests that tanks might deliver nicotine more effectively and perhaps be more satisfying to users, but there may also be other factors, including price and the ways that tanks allow the user to adapt the product, such as the nicotine content and flavour of the liquid.”
Professor Ann McNeill of King’s IoPPN added: “Our research indicates that daily use of tank models that can be refilled with liquid may give smokers a better chance of quitting smoking. However, I would stress that the associations found may not indicate causal connections. For example, there may be differences in the kind of smokers who choose to use e-cigarettes or different models. This is something that requires more research.”
Based on these findings, it may be said that more research is needed over a prolonged period of time to solidify these findings, but one thing E-Cig users could take from this is that using devices with tanks, whether it be an introductory level product or a professional e-cigarette mod, stand a better chance of kicking the habit completely, over those that use standard cigalike products.