Largest U.S. Surveys Determine 3.2 to 4.3 Million Vapers No Longer Regularly Smoke Cigarettes

E-cigarettes have been getting a lot of bad press for the longest time. These have certainly not enjoyed the benefit of the doubt from the majority of the mainstream medical community, and many articles have said that e-cigs lead to cigarette smoking. Recently, however, results from at least two studies presented to the Society for Research on Nicotine and Tobacco show that a substantial number of vapers have stopped smoking cigarettes.

Overview of the Studies

The two studies presented during the annual meeting of the Society for Research on Nicotine and Tobacco provided analysis on previously conducted studies. The first study was an analysis of data generated by the National Tobacco Behavior Monitor survey. This survey involved 30,136 persons. The second study analyzed data generated by a survey conducted by the Total Tobacco Migration Tracker. This study had a total of 11,173 respondents.

The survey presented by the Total Tobacco Migration Tracker revealed some thought-provoking figures. Analysis of the data from the Total Tobacco Migration Tracker showed that 24.5 percent of those who used e-cigs regularly (after smoking conventional cigarettes) no longer reported regular smoking of conventional or combustible cigarettes. Of those who used e-cigs regularly, a mere 1.7 percent switched to combustible or conventional cigarettes. There is a very significant contrast in the probabilities of transition for both camps, and this contrast shows that not too many vapers graduate to smoking conventional cigarettes.

The Nitty-Gritty, Bottom Line of the Studies

The studies mention that from 2013 to 2014, there were 15 to 21 million vapers in the United States. Of this population, 90 percent regularly smoked cigarettes. The study also revealed that of those who vaped, 3.2 to 4.3 million stopped smoking conventional cigarettes regularly. This strongly implies that vaping has helped more than 3 million vapers at the very least decrease their intake of tobacco.

For the longest time, many have labeled e-cigarettes as a gateway to smoking, and although a study presented to the American Journal for Preventive Medicine debunked this accusation, the label persisted. This previous study involved 1,304 online respondents, and it showed that of the 59 respondents who started with e-cigarettes, only three had become smokers at the time of the study.

These more recent studies certainly affirm the proposition that e-cigarettes do not lead to smoking, and they can, in fact, help smokers give up or cut down their use of conventional cigarettes.

E-Cigarettes as an Aid to Stop Smoking

Those who are against e-cigarettes are quick to declare that no scientific studies prove the effectiveness of e-cigs to help people give up their smoking habit. In fact, many assert that e-cigs actually encourage people, notably the young, to start smoking. And yet, the studies presented to the Society for Research on Nicotine and Tobacco can show that vaping must have helped quite a number of smokers exercise control over their smoking habit. The results are positive across all existing global markets. An impressive estimate of 400,000 ex-smokers out of France alone, now strictly vape, or have successfully been able to quit both.

A More Positive Reception of E-Cigarettes

It is interesting to note that one of the studies, the Tobacco Use Patterns Among Current and Ever Regular E-Cigarette Users, was funded by Reynolds American Inc., the manufacturer of Camel and Pall Mall cigarettes.

Hopefully the new studies will result in a more open reception of e-cigarettes. So far, an earlier study published in December 2014, has failed to create a more positive reception for e-cigarettes.  Vapers, e-cig traders, and manufacturers all hope that these two studies will finally pave the way for the recognition of e-cigarettes as a beneficial development for people who want to quit smoking.