November 13, 2017

New Evidence Shows Smokers Use Vaping to Quit Cigarettes

Once again, data show that smokers who use e-cigarettes are more likely than other smokers to try quitting combustible cigarettes.

The new research comes from data gathered in a survey done by the state of Tennessee, in cooperation with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). The survey asked questions of smokers in Tennessee.

Although they appear to have not yet been published, the results were presented at the annual meeting of the American Public Health Association (APHA). It was conducted by researchers working for the Tennessee Department of Health.

The researchers say that smokers who vape are 3.5 times more likely to have tried quitting in the last 12 months than the non-vaping smokers. Their conclusion may seem dull, but it’s not typical of such research: “This analysis provides evidence that current Tennessee adult smokers may be using e-cigarettes as a cessation aid to quit smoking.”

The results agree with other research, including a landmark study earlier this year from scientists at the University of California-San Diego. That study also found that smokers who also vaped tried to quit smoking more often. It also showed that almost twice as many smokers were able to quit if they also vaped.

Tennessee Department of Health epidemiologist Ransom Wyse, one of the three investigators involved in the research, said the results were unexpected. “There’s evidence here that Tennessee smokers are using e-cigarettes as an aid to quit smoking,” he told Medscape. “This is the first time we’ve seen this.”

Wyse said he was certain that the results could be applied to smokers across the country, but “in the past, Tennessee has compared a weighted sample of our respondents to national statistics and we’ve seen that it’s a high-percent agreement.” As in the California study — which did look at smokers nationally — the survey didn’t specifically ask smokers if they were vaping in order to intentionally quit cigarettes.

“If the FDA truly believes this is a not-so-harmful alternative, it would be very effective if they could say you should use e-cigarettes as a cessation aid,” he said.

Other attendees at the APHA conference found the results interesting. “A lot of the evidence we have is slightly at odds with the American experience,” said Shirley Cramer of the Royal Society for Public Health in the U.K. “For us, it’s been very clear that e-cigarettes are a very useful tool if you’re trying to stop smoking.”

Smokers created vaping without any help from the tobacco industry or anti-smoking crusaders, and vapers have the right to keep innovating to help themselves. My goal is to provide clear, honest information about the challenges vaping faces from lawmakers, regulators, and brokers of disinformation. I recently joined the CASAA board, but my opinions aren’t necessarily CASAA’s, and vice versa. You can find me on Twitter @whycherrywhy

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Vaping is the NO WHITE KNUCKLE method. After nearly 40 years of smoking, vaping a high nicotine e-liquid helped me quit right away and I can breathe so much better. There were two or three times in the first year I wanted a real cigarette and grabbed one. No additional harm done there. I kept a pack handy, but that actually helped me quit. But a couple years ago that stopped. I never looked back. I was on expensive Adair Diskus 50/500 for moderate COPD. Going on four years smoke free now and almost Advair free! I seldom use it. It took 2 years of vaping a high nicotine (24mg) of a strong but easy breathing menthol e-liquid and I left the Advair behind. I don’t like the smell of regular cigarettes now. I didn’t even go down from 24 mg for two years. I’m not one who will shame those still smoking as it’s still their choice, but they can very easily quit and save a whole lot of money and their health. Depending on how long you’ve been smoking and how much, start with a very high nicotine level and work your way down very slowly. Even if you continue vaping for life, you’ll breathe and feel much better.

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In my opinion it’s the easiest and the best way to go if you want to quit smoking. I tried many things before switching to vaping and nothing worked. Nowadays I don’t leave the house without my vape and I’m always trying new juices. Most recently I’ve been vaping the Vapour2 ones and I even think that I might stick to them. But that wasn’t the point, was it? Sorry. Got carried away. What I wanted to say is: It’s good that people are switching from smoking to vaping. I wish everyone would do that.

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They are late getting on-board. The evidence overwhelming supports vaping over smoking. In fact, my Pulmonology doctor recommended it. Now I can breathe far better than before. No need for O2 or any more breathing treatments after 4 years.

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