This report, written by Brad Rodu and colleague Nantaporn Plurphanswat, was an analysis of collected data from the Population Assessment of Tobacco and Health Survey.
Some of you may have heard the PATH Survey before. It's put together by FDA and the National Institute of Health (both in the US).
To skip right ahead to the items relevant in the vaping community...
The PATH survey asked current and ex-smokers what cessation tools had been used to either try or successfully quit smoking. There were 8 cessation categories:
- No Aid
- Support from Family and Friends
- Other Aids (pamphlets, video programs, quitline, counseling etc.)
- Other combustible tobacco products (cigars, cigarillos, pipe, hookah etc.)
- Smokeless Tobacco (dip, chew or dissolvable tobacco)
- NRT (patch, gun, inhaler etc.)
- Prescription drugs (Chantix, Zyban etc.)
According to the research e-cigarettes were used the most out of all the methods by smokers. On top of that, 540,000 managed to quit successfully by using them!
Doesn't sound like a lot, but NRT and prescription drugs combined only managed to help 354,000. It seems the power of the e-cigarette goes beyond just a less-harmful alternative.
As this data was collected and analyzed within the US, perhaps the governments will take a little notice and start changing their perception of vaping and accept the fact that it helps people. Only time will tell!