Can Electronic Cigarettes Help Smokers Kick The Habit?
This is question with solid arguments from both sides; however, a recent U.K. study reveals that electronic cigarettes can help smokers kick the habit.
Smokers Are More Likely To Quit With E-CIgs, say Researchers
According to U.K. researchers in this study, smokers are 60% more likely to quit by using an e-cig as opposed to nicotine patches, nicotine gum, or other traditional smoking cessation products.
For the study, researchers surveyed 5,863 smokers over 5 years from 2009 to 2014, asking them a variety of questions regarding their smoking habits, e-cig usage, and what (if any) cessation products they have tried. A surprising 20% of smokers surveyed said they were able to quit by switching to electronic cigarettes.
Electronic cigarettes could substantially improve public health because of their widespread appeal and the huge health gains associated with stopping smoking, said Robert West, the study's lead author and professor at University College London's Department of Epidemiology and Public Health.
Electronic Cigarettes In The U.S.
This U.K. study comes in the wake of the recent FDA regulations on the production, sale and use of e-cigs in the U.S. While the FDA's proposed regulations were modest, they still aim to regulate a product that could potentially save lives.
The Centres For Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) reports that approximately 480,000 people die from smoking-related disease and illness each yeah. They also report that the average life expectancy of a smoker is 10 years less than that of a non-smoker. With clear evidence revealing the dangers of smoking, more and more people are looking for safer ways to consume nicotine.
Electronic cigarettes offer a safe and effective way for people to consume nicotine without exposing themselves to all of the harmful chemicals commonly associated with cigarette smoke. Since these devices only heat liquid nicotine (known as e-liquid) just enough to create a breathable plume of vapour, there's no actual fire or combustion taking place. And without combustion/fire, users are able to enjoy unadulterated nicotine.
The Impact of This Study on U.S. Electronic Cigarettes
Will this study spur regulatory changes here in the U.S? Possibly, but this isn't something that's going to happen over-night. The electronic cigarettes industry is still adjusting to its sudden, widespread popularity, and law-makers are trying to tread cautiously in these uncharted new waters. If studies such as these continue to show the benefits of using e-cigs, we could see less regulation and more freedom in this industry.
Written by Michael Ross of www.thunderheadvapor.com
Owner of Thunderhead Vapor E-Liquid