A new poll is showing some promising numbers for the electronic cigarette user who is looking to quit smoking. While there is still no official word on e-cigs as smoking cessation devices, this new survey shows that the majority of people are using them as just that. The new Gallup poll shows that Americans are beginning to quit smoking at rates that are higher than we have seen in years.
In fact, in the last 10 years there has been a 12% decline in smoking among the group classified as young adults, aged 18 to 29. This sharp decline is something that analysts are immediately beginning to point to a correlation with the corresponding rise in e-cigarette use among the same age group. Back in November the Center for Disease Control released their data on the prevalence of cigarette smoking and vaping and they found a rise in e-cigarettes use among this same age group. In addition, they found a decline in smoking, just as with the recent Gallup poll. With the release of the new findings, Gallup recognized the connection between the two, stating their findings, “align with those found in a recent Centers for Disease Control and Prevention study, which found that cigarette smoking has dropped most sharply among 18 to 24 year-olds.”
The use of cigarettes hasn’t just dropped among young adults, however, the poll revealed even more users are finding e-cigarettes useful for helping them in their quit smoking battle. Overall the prevalence of smoking is down 5% among all users, no matter the age, meaning only around 20% of American adults are now smokers, compared to 25% in 2005.
Surveys are an effective and telling way to begin to understand what is going on in the e-cigarette world. The CDC survey, for instance, gave us more than a glimpse into the personal history of the current vaper. The poll found that only 0.4% of current vapers had never tried regular cigarettes. In addition, only a small percentage of 3.4% of nonsmokers surveyed had ever tried an e-cigarette, and out of those, only the 0.4% are regular vapers. This blows enormous holes in the anti-vaping advocates’ stories that e-cigs could act as a gateway for nicotine addiction.
On the other side of the coin, of those who quit in the last year, 55.4% of them has at least tried e-cigarettes, showing that they prove to be an option for those who successfully quit.
The findings in these surveys may not be definitive proof that e-cigarettes are cessation devices, but they do show that they are effective for many people who chose to use them. With over half of the people who had success quitting claiming to at least some e-cigarette use, it seems apparent that e-cigarettes, at least have some sort of positive effect on the effort to end cigarette smoking in this country.
In the UK, several experts and health agencies are beginning to come out in support of these devices and their potential to help people kick the habit. Public Health England most notably came out recently with a study in support of e-cigarettes as cessation devices stating they are up to 95% less harmful than the traditional cigarette.
Still, you don’t need studies or research teams to understand the effect that e-cigarette use has had on some people and their efforts to quit smoking. It doesn’t take much to find a vaper willing to share their story on how e-cigs helped them find their path to quitting the tobacco cigarette for good.
They aren’t a solution for everyone, but they do offer an option for someone who just isn’t having luck quitting cold turkey. Sometimes a little help is all you need and once you decide to vape rather than smoke you may find exactly the help you were looking for.