The latest study that focused on e-cigarettes and vaping showed that those who used e-cigarettes were more likely to stop smoking altogether than those who didn’t. There are several aids on the market available for those who want to stop smoking but until now, e-cigarettes were not considered to be of help with that. The latest research done in the U.S. has looked into the habits of people who do use them and found out that they played a bit role in helping them quit.
Peter Hajek, director of the health and lifestyle research unit at Queen Mary University in London, who wasn’t part of the study commented on this finding: “It’s absolutely clear that e-cigarettes help smokers replace cigarettes.”
E-cigarettes have appeared in the U.S. in 2007 and have been promoted as a less dangerous alternative to regular cigarettes. Most e-cigarettes heat a liquid nicotine solution which then turns into vapor. This does not contain tar, or other chemicals usually found in cigarettes.
The study also found that two-thirds of smokers who used e-cigarettes have tried to quit smoking as opposed to 40% of those who did not use e-cigarettes. According to Hajek, vaping devices should not be regulated as strictly as they have been so far but should be allowed to use the market in the same way producers of regular cigarettes are using it. “That way, smokers can get what they want without killing themselves,” he added.
However, there have been warnings that the long-term effects of vaping devices are still unknown. Aruni Bhatnagar, director of the American Heart Association’s Tobacco Research and Addiction Center said: “We just don’t know if moving to e-cigarettes is good enough to reduce the harm.”
Chris Bullen, professor of public health at the University of Auckland, who authored an accompanying editorial, said that any adverse effects from vaping devices are “likely to be rare compared with the harms of continuing to smoke.” This supports the thesis that less strict control over e-cigarettes would be positive. He also added: “If every smoker was to change over to e-cigarettes completely, there would be a dramatic and almost immediate public health benefit.”