From the UK, via The Guardian, comes the story of how researchers came to the conclusion that if you’re trying to quit smoking by vaping, you need to vape on the daily. Do it more, in other words, or it won’t work.
Prof Ann McNeill of King’s College London’s Institute of Psychiatry, Psychology and Neuroscience, where both studies were based, said: “Most smokers want to stop but are struggling, and disadvantaged and deprived groups are struggling most. If you are using an e-cigarette, use it more frequently and stop smoking cigarettes as fast as you can. If cigalikes don’t work, try something else.”
A key, and important feature of the study (conducted in 2012), was that 65% of people who used an e-cig daily made attempts to quit smoking, whereas only 44% of people did if they were not using e-cigs. Overall, the story seems to indicate something along the lines of nearly 30% of people tend toward not smoking, or quit altogether, if they take up vaping seriously and regularly. It has to, apparently, completely displace smoking in your life through a kind of habit extinction. You do both for awhile, but if you keep the regular vaping up, eventually the cigarettes (tobacco uses) tend to be forced out of a person’s routine.
Probably not an epiphany to many adamant and devoted vapers, but certainly an eye opener and a nice antidote for all of the nonsense we hear in the U.S. from media and experts about the terrors and horrors of vaping. Quit smoking, and get your vape on!