New evidence has emerged from a study that shows nicotine vaping products can help smokers quit smoking. This supports the validity of the harm-reduction tool. Researchers reported yesterday their findings. JAMA Open NetworkResearchers found that vapers were 8 times more likely than non-vapers to stop smoking.
Andrew Hyland (chair of the Department of Health Behavior at Roswell Park Comprehensive Cancer Center) says that these findings could be paradigm-shifting. “Vaping may help those who don’t actively want to quit smoking,” he said. “Most other studies focus exclusively on people who are actively trying to quit smoking, but this study suggests that we may be missing effects of e-cigarettes by not considering this group of smokers with limited intention to stop smoking—a group that is often at the highest risk for poor health outcomes from cigarette smoking.”
Hyland and his coworkers analyzed data from the four wave of the Population Assessment of Tobacco and Health Study (PATH). They focused on 1,600 people aged 18 and older who were initially smoking daily, but did not use vaping and had no plans to quit. The majority of respondents were smokers, with 4/5 reporting that they smoked at least 10 cigarettes each day. Half reported smoking a pack. They had quit smoking for 6.2 per cent by the end the 5-year-long study. 28% quit among daily users of ecigarettes, while 5.8% were not.
E-cigarette daily users are also more likely to quit smoking if they do not stop altogether. Respondents who had never attempted vaping were 9.9 per cent. Statistics did not show a statistically significant distinction in the quit and cutback rates of those using e-cigarettes less than once a day.
Hyland et. After adjusting for age, gender, race, ethnicity, income and number of cigarettes smoked each day, Hyland et al. These results are particularly remarkable as none of those surveyed had plans to stop smoking during the initial round.
This is consistent with previous research also using PATH data that showed smokers who had initially no plans to quit would be more inclined to reconsider if they began vaping daily. Hyland and colleagues. Hyland et al. note, however that they did not examine whether changes in quit intentions could have mediated the relationship between cigarette cessation and uptake of e-cigarettes. According to them, “future research is necessary in order to understand the causal mechanisms behind our findings.”
Researchers also noted that there may be differences in self-selection between people who used e-cigarettes later and others who didn’t. The researchers also noted that vapers who had started using e-cigarettes every day might be less likely to quit than those who did not use them.
By randomly assigning vapers to nonvaping and vaping groups in clinical trials, you can reduce the interpretive difficulty. This study was published in the 2019 issue of a journal. New England Journal of MedicineArticle found that e-cigarette users were 82% more likely than those who used traditional nicotine replacement products like patches or gum to stop smoking. This study was not conducted by Hyland and colleagues.This study, unlike Hyland and colleagues.
“A growing body of evidence indicates that vaping can foster smoking cessation,” although the evidence is not definitive,” David J.K. Balfour and 14 other leading tobacco researchers noted in an American Journal of Public Health article last August. A 2020 meta-analysis of 26 randomized controlled trials concluded “there is moderate-certainty evidence that [e-cigarettes]With nicotine, quit rates are higher than with [e-cigarettes]These are the results of nicotine-free therapy, as opposed to replacement therapy.
Balfour et al. According to Balfour and colleagues, the results of population studies, Balfour et.al. It was also observed that sales of vaping products grew rapidly, accelerating declines in U.S. tobacco sales. This reinforces the belief that less smoking is better.
These studies simply reinforce what millions of Americans have already experienced from vaping. However, politicians who see electronic nicotine delivery systems (ENDS) more as a threat than a solution to smoking-related diseases and death on a huge scale will not be persuaded by any amount of evidence. According to Rep. Raja Krishnamoorthi (D–Ill.Author of the END ENDS Act (described as Raja Krishnamoorthi by Congressman from Illinois), “There’s no evidence that vapes aid in reducing smoking.” [smokers] to quit.”