Even if some e-cigarette manufacturers and retailers claim that their products can help people quit normal smoking, vaping may not help smokers kick the habit. This claim comes from the University of California in San Francisco, where a thorough analysis was conducted on over 48 studies regarding cigarette smoking cessation and e-cigarette use.
The results of said analysis showed researchers that people who opt for vaping are 28% less likely to quit normal cigarette smoking. The study’s participants were part of both groups of smokers, those that did want to quit and those that didn’t. The problem stems from the fact that most people go for vaping when trying to quit traditional smoking, even if this study shows that citizens who do this are actually less inclined to do so.
True, vaping is less detrimental to your health than regular smoking, but if you pair the two, the effects on your health increase significantly. Why this phenomenon occurs still intrigues scientific parties, but the reason might be extensively psychological. This is also due to the fact that cigarette addiction is supposedly 80% psychological instead of being linked to nicotine addiction.
In over 430 cities, including San Francisco, e-cigarettes are banned just like normal ones, even if their effects are supposedly less detrimental to one’s health. Of course, the results of the study conducted at UCSF are still based on correlation, so the general public has to take this finding with a pinch of salt.
But one cannot deny that switching to vaping after being a smoker for an extended period of time does not feel the same way. The general feel of vaping, when compared to holding a normal cigarette and smoking it, is almost completely different. True, this differs from individual to individual, but some people often try to switch to e-cigarettes only to switch back to smoking after a couple of months.
This is even more detrimental when one takes into account how some people vape only in public spaces or at work only to switch back to traditional smoking when at home. Even if at first glance this might seem more beneficial to one’s health, switching back and forth between the two might impact your health even more than sticking to only one method. This could be similar to how one feels when switching from one brand of cigarettes to another.
Either way, even if vaping may not help smokers kick the habit completely, according to the UCSF study, this method is still less detrimental to one’s health in comparison to traditional smoking. In addition, if you truly want to kick the habit, you can do so even without e-cigarettes, but this, of course, differs from one individual to another.