The role of e-cigarettes in quitting smoking has been debated for quite a long time, and a new study brings evidence in favor of one of the theories. Scientists recommend that doctors should include electronic cigarettes in plans for tobacco control, as those who use this method are more likely to succeed in quitting smoking than non-users.
Big sample of participants to answer on e-cigarette use
A new study discovered that people who used electronic cigarettes were more eager to attempt to quit smoking, and more likely to succeed. On the other hand, non-users were less successful. They came up to this conclusion after analyzing data from one of the biggest samples of e-cigarette users.
The study looked at data collected from more than 161,000 participants between 2014 and 2015. They had to answer a survey related to tobacco, included in a population survey conducted by the American Census Bureau. Researchers used the responses of those participants who were still smokers 12 months before taking part to the survey.
Electronic cigarettes are more likely to help you quit smoking
This is how they discovered those people who had been using electronic cigarettes had a 65 percent rate of attempting to quit. Those who didn’t use such a method had only a 38 percent rate of attempting to quit. Also, those who smoked e-cigarettes had a higher success rate, of 8 percent, as compared to only 5 percent among non-electronic cigarette users.
Also, people attempted and succeeded quitting more often in the study period than before. Between 2014 and 2015, the quitting rate was of 5.6 percent, while between 2010 and 2011 it was of 4.5 percent. Given the high number of respondents, researchers concluded that using electronic cigarettes really helps one quit smoking.
The results are quite interesting, since the same rate was predicted for users of special medication to help them quit. However, evidence showed these methods were not effective, as the actual quitting rate was much smaller.
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