Health professionals slam study on vaping for smoking cessation
In a study that proves that not all studies should automatically be trusted, one team of researchers conducted an analysis on the links between smoking cessation and e-cigarettes. While they admitted that “smokers increasingly use e-cigarettes for many reasons, including attempts to quit combustible cigarettes”, they also somehow came to the conclusion that e-cigarette use decreases the chance of an adult smoker quitting combustible cigarettes.
In fact, they concluded that smokers who used vaping devices were 28 percent less likely to completely give up cigarettes than those who did not vape at all.
Fortunately, it’s not just vaping associations and ex-smokers, but current vapers who are calling this study out on its multiple flaws, and the grand majority of research still shows the exact opposite phenomenon.
Disagreement with the study’s findings has come in many forms. According to Cancer Research UK, Professor Linda Bauld (who is Cancer Research UK’s prevention champion) said that the studies used in the research were too varied and different to be used to compare to one another. She also pointed out that many of them didn’t include “accurate measures of use or cessation”.
It’s also clear that the vast majority of vapers are those who have already quit smoking, or are currently using electronic devices to cut down on their tobacco intake. In fact, a survey from ASH shows that almost 2 out of every 5 vapers are ex-smokers, and 3 out of 5 are current smokers.
Dr Bauld concluded her thoughts on the matter by saying “we should be very cautious about assuming that this review tells us that e-cigarettes don’t help smokers quit. Other evidence suggests they do – and this is particularly relevant for the UK, where smoking rates have continued to decrease as e-cigarette use has increased.”