There is a lot of debate around electronic cigarettes in general. While nearly every medical practitioner that we have come across or seen quoted in the press advises that vapor is better for the body than smoke, there aren’t yet enough studies to provide a ruling that everyone will abide by. We agree that there should be more legitimate electronic cigarette studies performed, as a result we are very pleased to report on the latest findings.
An Italian research team recently completed a yearlong study on how smokers who didn’t intend to quit reacted to switching to vapor. The study intended to provide information on how smokers handled the switch. In the end it gave us more evidence that supports the fact that e cigs can help those who want to quit tobacco. The research team collected three hundred regular smokers to collect data from. They split them into three groups of one hundred people each. One group used electronic cigarettes that equal most full strength brands’ nicotine output. The second group started on that level of nicotine infused vapor, then switched to a lower nicotine level half way through the study. The third group smoked e cigs without any nicotine in the vapor at all. Neither the researchers nor the participants were told which group the smokers participating in the study belonged to. The participants in the study checked in with the researchers nine times over the course of the study. During the check-ins the participants reported back about how many tobacco cigarettes they had smoked per day, whether they had had any issues brought about by vaping, and took carbon dioxide emission tests.
At the end of the study the researchers took all of the information that they had collected and reported back that 10.7% of the smokers used less tobacco than they did before, and a whopping 8.7% had stopped smoking tobacco altogether. Interestingly the researchers did not find a lot of difference in the results between the three groups of participants. This means that those who didn’t get nicotine infused vapor smoked less and quit at about the same rate as those who received electronic cigarettes with significant nicotine levels. An interesting thing to think about considering how hard it is to kick a nicotine habit.
This study was very similar to another Italian study that came out some time back. This latest study collected data from considerably more smokers, which is a good thing to anyone who is on the lookout for research that the general public will accept. Like the last study it was put up for peer review, meaning that other scientists and medical professionals are invited to review the research process and the results. Hopefully this study will create more interest in electronic cigarette research. While we obviously support electronic cigarettes, mods and any other vaping device out there we want to see more reliable research. Vaping is clearly healthier than smoking tobacco, but research will help to better educate e cigarette users and may even assist in making better e cigs and e juices. For more information or to form your own unique opinion take some time to review the study for yourself.