Over 70% of smokers surveyed in a recent University of London survey quit smoking using e-cigarettes, and 38% had not had a cigarette for more than a year.
The study also found that electronic cigarettes were less addictive than tobacco cigarettes.
Only 18% of users said cravings for e-cigarettes were as strong as for cigarettes, and vapers (e-cigarette users) also said that they were waiting longer before having their first puff of the day.
This is not the first study to find e-cigarettes are less addictive – see A Clinical laboratory assessment of the abuse liability of an electronic cigarette.
The study also found that smokers who had switched to vaping found a number of benefits:
- greater ability to breathe
- fewer cravings
- less throat irritation and jaw aching
A survey we carried out in 2008 with the University of Alberta also found a number of health benefits to switching.
Zero Nicotine and How the EU Ban Would Send Ex-Smokers Back to Cigarettes
Only one percent of users surveyed used zero nicotine ecigarettes – most used 0.8%.
The EU tobacco directive aims to allow a maximum of 0.4% nicotine in electronic cigarettes, which Chris Price of the Electronic Cigarette Consumer Association (ECCA UK) believes would make it would make it useless for about 93% of electronic cigarette users.
Despite what the EU claims, the tobacco directive remains, in effect, a ban.
Unfortunately, the results are likely to be somewhat skewed as they were recruited using a link from an e-cigarette retailer’s website. People who have tried and failed to use electronic cigarettes are obviously less likely to visit a website than people who are continuing to use electronic cigarettes.
For the full study, see Vaping profiles and preferences, an online survey of electronic cigarette users (purchase required.) For why e-cigarettes might be more effective, see our posts on why ecigs work here and here.
Did ecigs help you stop smoking – and do you find them less addictive? Let me know what you think in the comments!