Marketed as an easy way to quit smoking traditional cigarettes and as a healthier tobacco substitute, vaping and the use of e-cigarettes has become increasingly popular over the last few years. A new study however, has found that there is no evidence vaping will lead to being cigarette free. In fact, according to Express UK, some insurance companies claim that these e-cigarettes are no better than traditional ones.
A recent study suggests that there is no correlation between using electronic cigarettes and being able to quit smoking faster or easier when compared to other products. The study, which was conducted by researchers at Georgia State University, looked at 1,284 adult smokers and found that only 16 percent had quit smoking a year later. According to researchers, “Absent any meaningful changes, ENDS (electronic nicotine delivery systems) use among adult smokers is unlikely to be a sufficient solution to obtaining a meaningful increase in population quit rates.” Despite these conclusions, a majority of the participants “stated they were using the devices to help them quit smoking cigarettes” according to U.S. News & World Report.
Though e-cigarettes are thought to be a good way to lean off of a dependency on traditional cigarettes, the addictive nature is just as strong. According to The Guardian, “The nicotine it contains is more palatable, coming from nicotine salts, which are also in dry tobacco leaves, rather than freebase nicotine. In the US, the dose has been high – Myers compares the hit to Marlboro cigarettes.” Matt Myers, president of the Campaign for Tobacco-Free Kids urges adults and parents to be aware of how powerfully addictive these products can be.
But is there a better way? Medications like Chantix, which in effect, trick the brain and ease symptoms of nicotine withdrawal are typically the safest and most effective bet. Chantix is unique in that it is a nicotine-free pill, but is also able to block nicotine from attaching to the nicotine receptors in your brain if you do smoke while on the medication.