Currently, the FDA does not recognize using vaping to quit smoking. But as the evidence mounts, that assessment may have to change. UC San Diego researchers have found that vaping may be helping Americans to quit smoking. The evidence that vaping may be an asset in reducing tobacco harm just keeps growing.

The final analysis was published in the British Medical Journal. The study regarded anyone that hadn’t smoked in three months as having quit. The data used was collected from the U.S. Census CPS-TUS survey. This represents perhaps the largest representative study ever on electronic cigarettes.

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Study author Shu Hong Zhu found a correlation with the increased use of electronic cigarettes and the increase in the quit smoking rates. There are many programs in the United States actively promoting smoking cessation and those programs may be helping the quit rate as well. But here is what the study found.

UC San Diego Vaping – Quit Smoking Study

The data showed that 350,000 more smokers quit in 2014 to 2015. That represents an increase on the quit smoking rate from 4.5% to 5.6%. Was vaping the main reason for the increase? Here’s the data. What do you think?

  • People who had used electronic cigarettes in the previous 12 months were far more likely to have quit smoking.
  • Quit smoking rates remained the same for people who did not try e-cigarettes.

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We have an increase in the quit smoking rates. Vapers are quitting smoking at higher rates than non-vapers. There is no change in the quitting rates on non-vapers. Seems reasonable to conclude that vaping is playing a major role in the increased quit smoking rates.

Eye on the ball. The main goal needs to be reducing tobacco harm and getting people off of cigarettes. The quit smoking timeline is amazing.  The body’s capacity to recover from smoking is incredible. Quitting saves lives. I think we all agree that’s a good thing.