A new study by the Tennessee Department of Health (DOH) has been released and suggests that vaping is more substantial cessation tool from smoking than public officials have previously admitted. Published last week the report makes a clear distinction that the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) does not yet approve electronic cigarettes for cessation.
However, the Tennessee DOH report statistics show that smokers who use vaping and smoking at the same time are 3.5 times more likely to quit smoking within the first 12-months of vaping.
The study entitled “E-cigarette usage and its association with attempted cessation among adult smokers, Tennessee Behavioral Risk Factor Surveillance System, 2016″ which is published on the Atlanta chapter of the American Public Health Association (APHA). The conclusion seems irrelevant, but is not representative of such research “This analysis provides evidence that current Tennessee adult smokers may be using e-cigarettes as a cessation aid to quit smoking.”
“smokers who use vaping and smoking at the same time are 3.5 times more likely to quit smoking”
Earlier this year another landmark study from scientists at the University of California-San Diego also found comparable results. Finding smokers who used vaping as well as smoking were twice as likely to quit.
One of the authors involved in the research Ransom Wyse, an Epidemiologist at the Tennessee Department of Health said the results were unexpected stating “There’s evidence here that Tennessee smokers are using e-cigarettes as an aid to quit smoking.”
Wyse also stated that these results were more significant and could be indicative of smokers across the country as “in the past, Tennessee has compared a weighted sample of our respondents to national statistics, and we’ve seen that it’s a high-percent agreement.”
As with the California study which looked at smokers nationally, the survey didn’t specifically ask smokers directly if they were vaping to quit cigarettes intentionally.
“If the FDA truly believes this is a not-so-harmful alternative, it would be very effective if they could say you should use e-cigarettes as a cessation aid,” he said.