Electronic cigarettes have a lot of uses. Some people make the switch from smoke to vapor with no intention of quitting, yet are looking to avoid taking in the toxins that lighting tobacco on fire puts into your body. Others use them to help cut down on traditional cigarettes, or to be able to enjoy a cigarette alternative in places where smoking is not allowed. Then there is the third group, those who wish to use electronic cigarettes to quit smoking altogether. Many people ask if e cigarettes can be used as a quitting tool. The honest answer is yes, but it takes work.
The American Cancer Society reports that only 4% – 7% of smokers are able to quit outright without help. Anyone who is or was a long time tobacco smoker will probably agree with this number. So, if someone really wants to quit it obviously takes a tool. What better than an electronic smoking device that gives you the feel and nicotine of a cigarette, without the vast majority of the harmful chemicals? As e cigs are products of technology, you can even buy liquid refill packs that allow you to reduce your nicotine intake over time, making it easier to ween yourself off.
A Little Science
One of the biggest arguments against electronic cigarettes is that there is a lack of evidence that they can help. Well, tell that to the group of Italian researchers who performed a study with the help of 40 smokers who openly identified themselves as unwilling to quit. These scientists took a group of hardcore tobacco smokers, gave them electronic cigarettes and asked them to give it a shot for six months. By the end of the study 55% of the smokers had either quit tobacco altogether or significantly reduced their intake. Overall tobacco cigarette usage by the group fell an astonishing 88%. On top of that the researchers concluded that mouth and throat irritation, and dry coughing was “diminished substantially”. While we are still waiting for more studies, this research shows that even hardcore smokers can quit or reduce their intake; they just need to be introduced to vaping. For those not convinced by an Italian study, it is important to point out that the United States’ own National Institutes of Health include this research in their online offering of clinical trials.
Maybe clinical trials aren’t your thing. That’s understandable, hey there are variables and any study could include some bias. In that case we would like to introduce you to Jim. Jim is currently 65 years old; he picked up his first tobacco cigarette at the age of 15. At the end of 2012 Jim decided that he had to cut down his pack and a half a day habit, and he chose to give vapor a try. When asked if it worked Jim’s exact answer was “I haven’t smoked a regular cigarette in almost four months, and never have to worry about cravings.” While he did warn that it took him about a week to get used to the new flavor and style of vapor, he is fully satisfied with his decision. He even added in that four months into the switch he uses about half the amount of nicotine cartridges as he did when he first went from tobacco to vapor. One of his favorite things about vaping is that it allows you to “just pick it up and take a few drags instead of having to smoke a whole cigarette.” He has recommended electronic cigarettes to several friends who are also long-time smokers, and says that his smoker’s cough is all but gone.
So, can vaping help you quit smoking. The answer that many of us know is “yes.” With the right mindset pretty much anyone can make the switch, and eventually quit vaping too if they so choose. Others might prefer to make the switch but keep enjoying electronic cigarettes. In either case a smoker will have done themselves a huge favor. If you or a friend are thinking about making the switch, jump over and check out our electronic cigarette reviews and discounts on starter kits. You will be glad that you did.