Can vaping help me give up cigarettes?

Answer

Yes. There is a rapidly growing body of evidence suggesting vaping is an effective means to give up cigarettes.

A study published earlier this year in the New England Journal of Medicine found “e-cigarettes were more effective than nicotine-replacement therapy,” while another study in the Harm Reduction Journal published in 2018 found “vaping is a viable long-term substitute for smoking.” 

In fact, a 2018 report by Public Health England found quit smoking success rates in 2017 were at their highest observed level. The evidence suggests that e-cigarettes have contributed to tens of thousands of additional quitters in England.

Another Greek study found the biggest indicator for someone being a former smoker is whether they are a daily user of vapes. A different study again found those who use e-cigarettes every day were more likely to quit smoking (or at least, smoke less) when compared with those who do not vape.

Evidence from New Zealand suggests vaping has helped most users quit smoking altogether. And the more smokers are exposed to vapers, the more likely they are to quit themselves.

As a quit tool, evidence suggests vaping is the most effective. It is absurd to deny smokers access to a far more effective quit tool and less harmful alternative smoking.