While the federal authorities have not approved smoking as a smoking cessation aid, it is nonetheless marketed by some as a life-saving strategy for smokers who want to quit smoking.
Testimonials from people who have successfully switched from smoking flammable tobacco to vapors are emotionally charged.
"If it were not for vaping, I would have died from smoking cigarettes, and Vaping gave me the opportunity to live longer and delight my children," says one such testimony.
The allegations are not completely unjustified.
Several studies support the use of vaping as a smoking cessation aid. Such a study, published in the BMJ, shows a strong correlation between vaping and smoking cessation ̵
But the research has contradictory results.
A European study from 2017 came to the conclusion that vaping does not help stop smoking. Instead, researchers say, these individuals are likely to become "dual users."
And now a new study in PLOS One claims that Vaping almost does not help anyone quit smoking.
The latest study
More than 850 people selected from GfK Global's KnowledgePanel participated in the observational study and a follow-up survey.
Survey results showed that 90 percent of smokers who vaporized at the beginning of the study still smoked a year later
Study builds on previous research that recommends vaping to quit or quit smoking for a three-month period to reduce.
While vaping may help promote short-term smoking cessation, the new study strongly suggests that it is an ineffective long-term strategy
Previous studies have drawn similar conclusions.
The new study also expands what we know about addictions.
Using another method of consuming nicotine is not effective – or necessarily safer than changing the overall behavior.
The study suggests behavioral therapy and alternative interventions should be considered in weaning plans to increase the success of quitting.
Which proponents, experts have to say
Gregory Conley, a lawyer and the president of the American Vaping Association, spoke with Healthline about his concerns regarding the study.
Conley cites the study's limitations – including selection bias – as a cause for skepticism.
He also told Healthline Since the subjects were not necessarily daily vape users for the entire year, the study findings are questionable.
"You would never see the same researchers publish a study that starts with people who have been using nicotine gum for three months yet – where are they one year later compared to the rest of the population?" He asked.
"How does it help if someone uses Nicoti's patches or chewing gum on a day or two a month? One year later, will we blame the gum for not being smoke free?" He added ,
Conley also said he was worried that this kind of research might stop smokers from using vaping as a weaning tool.
It is not surprising that when smokers are constantly confronted with these views, with e-cigarettes that do not recognize the relative risk at all, that there are some smokers who conclude that it makes no sense To make [a] complete. If this thing could kill me as fast as cigarettes, "he said.
Conley went on to argue that, despite the apparent flaws of the study, the results are actually positive for the vaping advocacy community.
" The authors I had a problematic study that no one with this study design would expect to show the results it did, but even then, 10 percent of those basic e-cigarette users became smokeless one year later, "he said not a bad number, considering it was a group that did not manage to quit if that was their intention with the e-cigarettes. "
Healthline also spoke with Chris Bostic, Deputy Director of Policy at Action Smoking and Health (19659002) "The study itself appears to be valid," Bostic said.
He suggested that further studies were needed to provide proper advisory and regulatory advice decisions on e-cigarettes.
"We don I do not know all the damage that e-cigarettes cause, it's possible that it's the same as cigarettes but less, but it's also possible that they add new pests," Bostic said.
"We are a bit tired of electronic cigarettes because the nicotine addiction itself is a damage," he added. On the other hand, if it helps people not smoke flammable tobacco, then they should do that, but this study seems to indicate that this is not very important, it does not matter much Helping people to quit is an important piece of information for anyone who wants to find out how to fix these things. "
ASH still has a definite position on e-cigarettes, but Bostic says he does personally recommends Vaping as a quit tool.
"On a personal level, any person, I would recommend, of course, if you can not stop otherwise, then use e-cigarettes," he said. "But most people, studies show, do not do that, and most people will use e-cigarettes that used to be smokers and continue to smoke cigarettes, so there's no health benefit as cigarettes cause health damage very early on.
It is about a relative risk and the potential of individuals to become two people.
"I do not know all about e-cigarettes," remarked Bostic, "but I'd be dumbfounded to find that they are one or more more dangerous than flammable tobacco."
"We are worried that continued anger Within the public health community about electronic cigarettes our approach, the thing that kills everyone, is going on what is flammable tobacco, slows down, "said Bostic.