The CDC has stated that switching to electronic cigarettes might benefit those who choose to switch from traditional cigarettes and other tobacco products without going back to conventional cigarettes. However, a recent study shows that vaping doesn’t stop smokers from getting back into the habit.
Researchers from The University of California San Diego and UC San Diego Moores Cancer Center examined information from more than 13,600 individuals through the Population Assessment of Tobacco and Health (PATH) longitudinal study. Participants were given two annual surveys.
The purpose of the study was to find out whether smokers who recently quit smoking and made the switch to electronic cigarettes or another tobacco product were less likely to return to smoking cigarettes traditionally as opposed to those who did not use other tobacco products.
“Our findings suggest that individuals who quit smoking and switched to e-cigarettes or other tobacco products actually increased their risk of a relapse back to smoking over the next year by 8.5 percentage points compared to those who quit using all tobacco products,” the study’s preliminary study’s first John P. Pierce, Ph.D. and named Distinguished Professor of the Herbert Wertheim School of Public Health and UC San Diego Moores Cancer Center stated in the UC San Diego press release.
Pierce said that research has shown that smoking e-cigarettes made you “less likely, not more likely, to stay off of cigarettes.”
Of the smokers who smoked for a long time in the research, 9.4 percent had stopped. Of these, 37.1% switched to other tobacco products, and 22.8 percent of them had used electronic cigarettes. Of the users of e-cigarettes, 17.6% vaped daily.
“This was the very first research to look in depth at the possibility that switching to a safer nicotine source is possible to maintain in the long run without reverting back into smoking cigarettes. If switching to electronic cigarettes was an option to end smoking cigarettes, then people who switched to e-cigarettes will be much less likely to relapse to cigarettes. There is no evidence of such a thing,” Pierce said.