A recent study conducted using a sample of over 25,000 across the European continent (28 European Union affiliated countries) has found that, relative to the representative sample taken in the study, that just over a whopping 6 million Europeans used e-cigarettes as a means of quitting smoking. While this study is only predictive, if the percentage of the sample is to be believed, this is a huge boost for the perception of e-cigarettes as the best method of helping others to quit smoking.
Where does this number come from? Well, during the study it was found that 35% of those who currently use vapes/e-cigs are former smokers who found success in quitting for good using this method. It is also worth noting that those who smoked their e-cigarettes daily had a much higher chance of successfully quitting than those who used theirs intermediately.
While this doesn’t mean that e-cigarettes are the magic cure for helping you get rid of your cigarette addiction – remember that 65% still failed to quit – it does prove that e-cigs have become the most effective method of smoking cessation compared to other products. Many former smokers of those who are now firmly a part of the vaping community will tell you that e-cigarettes were the only way they could quit.
Figures of those who were successful in quitting smoking using nicotine gum and patches are dwindling to say the least, at approximately 6% of the times. It begs the question that if they are still getting their nicotine why are these stats so low?
The truth is in the routine of smoking: physically putting a device into your mouth and inhaling/exhaling smoke. E-cigarettes offer your arms that familiar sense of muscle memory and effectively ‘trick’ your body into thinking it’s getting its daily dose. E-cigarettes also come with nicotine so the addictive fix is filled there, while still being able to adjust the levels of nicotine in your e-cig so you can slowly wean yourself off the drug and be free of addiction.
Another benefit of e-cigarettes is that they are a relatively cheap habit to maintain, with not nearly the amount of tax to pay on the duty on them compared to tobacco cigarettes. There are plenty of cheap e-juices available on the market too, which helps vapers get a real bargain when choosing their next flavour.
What is worth mentioning here is that the rates of young smokers in the UK dropped a huge 6% (from 26% to 19%) over the past six years. E-cigarettes may have their detractors but even they cannot deny the part vaping must have played in this steep decline of smokers. There seems to be a change in the air when it comes to people’s perceptions of vaping and e-cigarettes and hopefully there will be more studies just like this one to improve public opinion on the matter.
Have you used e-cigarettes to quit smoking? Let us know your story and tell us in the comments below. The more people who are made aware of how effective this treatment can be, the more can kick the terrible habit!
Published by Maria Simpson