Smokers attempting to quit in the New Year should turn to vaping, according to a recent study showing the devices increase smokers’ chances of successfully ditching the habit.
Researchers from the Hollings Cancer Center at the Medical University of South Carolina found smokers who are open to trying electronic cigarettes vastly improve their chances of quitting. In the randomized study, published in the journal Cancer Epidemiology, Biomarkers and Prevention in December, researchers gave 46 smokers a vaping device for three weeks without additional instructions or requirements for use, in order to create a more natural setting to evaluate the role vaping plays in smoking cessation, reports The American Journal of Managed Care.
Roughly 57 percent of participants who were given vaping devices containing a high dose of nicotine (24 mg) went on to buy a vape for themselves. They also reported smoking fewer cigarettes and engaging in more attempts to quit than the control group, which did not receive e-cigarettes.
“Alternative delivery of nicotine, through e-cigarettes, could significantly reduce harm and the risks of cancer and other diseases to smokers,” Dr. Matthew Carpenter of the Hollings Cancer Center a said in a statement. “The results are consistent with trials done outside the U.S. Many people rated the e-cigarettes similar to their usual product, which further suggests that these products might promote switching. Anything that gets smokers off combustible cigarettes is a good thing.”
The study is the first to observe how smokers interact with a vaping device in their natural setting, adding to the growing body of evidence showing e-cigarettes are an effective cessation tool that reduces the risks for cancer and disease in smokers.
Scientists at the University of Catania in Italy recently conducted a three-year study investigating the effects of regular vaping on the body of the user, finding “no evidence of health concerns associated with long-term use of e-cigarettes” on blood pressure, heart rate, body weight, lung function, respiratory symptoms, exhaled breath nitric oxide and exhaled carbon monoxide.
Recent research also shows vapor from e-cigarettes does not pose any meaningful secondhand risks. A forthcoming study investigating the health impact of aerosol vapor emitted from the devices shows that chemical levels in the vapor released from e-cigarettes are well below the safety limits suggested by both the U.S. Food and Drug Administration and the World Health Organization.
Despite the positive research, local governments throughout the country continue to restrict alternative smoking products, relying on dated statistics or predetermined narratives about their alleged dangers.
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