E-Cigarettes Are Not Helping Us Quit

You all must have read our previous Blog on Vaping.

In the end we asked you whether E-Cigarettes Are Not Helping Us Quit?

Lets Find Out


When they came out, the marketing campaigns were pretty clear; e-cigarettes are going to help smokers cut down. Whether electronic sticks or vaping devices, they have been marketed as the kind of device that will not only reduce the intake of harmful toxins by smokers, but will also give them the ability to regulate their own nicotine intake.


In theory, it  was fairly simple. Smokers using e-cigarettes would start on a relatively high dose, a bit like with nicotine patches, and would slowly decrease the strength of the nicotine they inhaled. Even by then, their lungs would be feeling better because of the decrease in carcinogens and other harmful substances contained within regular cigarettes.

The practical reality however seems to be that mental fortitude and nicotine avoidance are better solutions – the e-cigarettes are encouraging people to increase their smoking and to return to it after times of abstinence.


The Results of a Disputed Study

Recently, a controversial study reported in Medical News Today stated that e-cigarette users became more nicotine dependent than nonusers. The study was based on a group of cancer patients trying to quit the habit.

It is worth mentioning that some leading experts in smoking such as Robert West and Peter Hajek have rejected these findings. Their view comes from unsatisfactory methodology employed by the study’s organizers which appears to have discounted those who succeeded in giving up in addition to a higher than average dropout rate for participants.


Despite this problem in methodology, early study results are showing a consistent trend in the ability of e-cigarettes to act as a catalyst for nicotine addiction rather than as a tool for quitting the habit. The overall result of the study showed that both nicotine patches and e-cigarettes fail to help the majority of smokers kick the habit within 6 to 12 months. This is in stark contrast to other methods including counselling, going cold turkey, and hypnotherapy.

As with any kind of new technology, the full, long term effects of vaping will not be known for many decades, but the early signs are not looking good – though, it must be stated, they are far less harmful than the real thing.


Written By: Leigh Marcos