A study released Thursday is bolstering the image of e-cigarettes as a tool to ditch smoking, showing that daily use exponentially boosts a smoker’s chances of successfully quitting.
Researchers from the Georgetown University Lombardi Comprehensive Cancer Center investigated smokers’ habits and how they relate to efforts to quit. The scientists found that casual use of vaping devices by smokers does not do much to help their chances at quitting, but discovered that more regular usage correlated with successfully transitioning off tobacco, Forbes reports.
The results showed that smokers increase their chances to quit by 5 percent with each successive day they use a vaping device. The odds of successfully quitting rose by 59 percent for smokers who used an e-cigarette at least five days in a month. Those chances doubled for smokers who used a vaping device at least 20 days in a month.
“Results revealed that greater frequency of e-cigarette use beyond ever use [using one at least once] and especially with 20 or more days of use in the past month was strongly associated with both having made a quit attempt and a greater likelihood of three months or more of cigarette smoking cessation,” David Levy, lead researcher on the study, said in the study, according to Forbes. “The consistency of positive associations with quit attempts or cessation success suggests that more frequent e-cigarette use may be effective as a smoking cessation aid.”
The results mirror another recent study from researchers at Columbia University’s Mailman School of Public Health and the Rutgers School of Public Health. The research, released Aug. 16, that vapers who use an e-cigarette on a daily basis vastly strengthen their chances of quitting over those relying on the patches and gum approved by the FDA.
The researchers found that more than half of daily vapers quit smoking within the past five years. Only 28 percent of smokers that did not try a vaping device were successful in their efforts to quit. In countries where vaping is still banned or greatly restricted, smoking rates are actually increasing. Australia is experiencing a historic surge in the number of smokers, despite having the “most expensive cigarette prices in the world.”
A growing body of medical evidence shows that vaping is a much safer alternative to smoking. The U.S. Food and Drug Administration recently acknowledged the health benefits of e-cigarettes, and is now encouraging smokers to transition to vaping to reduce their health risks.