Vaping: A Stepping Stone to Cessation
The journey to smoking cessation is a difficult one. Luckily, some tools have been developed to make it easier. NRT (Nicotine Replacement Therapy) is a common method to attempt to quit smoking, however this doesn’t work for everyone. In fact, e-cigarettes have proven to be a much more popular option in recent years. According to the Royal College of Physicians, e-cigarettes are effective when used as an aid to quit smoking. There is even evidence that e-cigarettes are being used most often as a safer alternative to smoked tobacco.
A significant concern for people looking to make this move is whether or not vaping will be equally as harmful as traditional cigarettes. Hazards to health from even long-term vaping of mainstream marketed products is unlikely to exceed 5% of the hard from smoking tobacco. While it is important to note that there are health risks to long-term vaping, studies have shown that there are significantly fewer toxins and carcinogens in e-cigarettes.
Some studies have shown e-cigarettes are more effective than nicotine replacement therapy. One in particular showed that the 1-year abstinence rate was 18% in an e-cigarette test group, compared to 9.9% in a nicotine replacement therapy group. If you want to try vaping as a cessation strategy, consider implementing FLUUX. Our analytical tools allow you to set goals for your quitting process, and give you empowering data to keep you on track. We recommend consulting with a counselor or medical professional before choosing which cessation tactic may be best for you.