E-cigarettes helping smokers quit and breathe easier: New London study

December 15 2015

E-cigarettes are helping London smokers to reduce their cigarette-use or kick the habit completely – according to new research presented at the British Thoracic Society Winter Meeting today (Thursday 3rd December 2015)
The Croydon Respiratory Team’s (CRT) pilot study analysed the use, and impact, of e-cigarettes among people using Croydon’s stop smoking and lung health services.
The research, undertaken by questionnaire among 50 smokers and ex-smokers, (35% of whom had received a diagnosis of chronic lung disease – COPD), found that:

  • 80% of the sample had used e-cigarettes on their own, or in combination with other nicotine replacement products
  • 42% had reduced their cigarette-use
  • 38% had quit cigarettes completely
  • 52% reported improvements in their breathing
  • 18% reported a reduction in sputum

Interestingly the study also found that whilst all patients taking part wanted to stop smoking cigarettes, they did not have a deadline to stop using e-cigarettes.

The researchers believe that although this is a local study of people using stop smoking services in a hospital setting in Croydon, it does highlight the popularity of e-cigarettes among those smokers either wanting to quit or reduce their tobacco consumption.

Dr Roshan Siva, consultant lung specialist at Croydon Health Services NHS Trust, says:
As the use of e-cigarettes increases and becomes a more recognised way to quit smoking, more research is needed to inform and shape future NHS smoking cessation services.
If e-cigarettes are formally incorporated into NHS stop smoking programmes, it will be important to address the issue of people phasing out, and ultimately quitting, their use of e-cigarettes rather than continuing to use them indefinitely.

Dr Sanjay Agrawal, consultant lung specialist & Chair of the British Thoracic Society’s Tobacco Special Advisory Group, said:
Our response to e-cigarettes must be led by the evidence. The key issue is around 10 million Britons still smoke tobacco with one in two long term smokers dying from their habit. So it’s vital we explore every opportunity to support people to quit. And e-cigarettes are a very popular way to cut down or kick the habit. So we need to study how we can best use their potential – alongside all the other ways to stop smoking.
There is no doubt that e-cigarettes are less harmful than tobacco – but we must also continue to study their long term health effects.
According to existing national research studies:

  • There are now 2.6 million adults using electronic cigarettes – of which nearly two out of five are ex-smokers and three out of five are current smokers
  • Ex-smokers say they are using electronic cigarettes to help them stop smoking whilst smokers are using them to reduce the amount they smoke
  • Between 2010 and 2014 there was a rise in the number of current smokers who also use e-cigarettes, from 2.7% in 2010 to 17.6% in 2014
  • The increase in the number of people using e-cigarettes between 2014 and 2015 came almost entirely from ex-smokers – rising from 4.5% in 2014 to 6.7% in 2015[1]
  • There are 10 million adult smokers in Great Britain and surveys suggest that two thirds of these want to quit, but that only 30% to 40% make an attempt to stop in any given year[2].

Ends.

Source: https://www.brit-thoracic.org.uk/bts-news-and-press-releases/news-archive/e-cigarettes-helping-smokers-quit-and-breathe-easier-new-london-study/#.V76m8tJ94dU

23 Comments

Laurene Posted on2:30 pm - Dec 15, 2015

Having gone from smoking a pack a day for almost a decade to giving up cigarettes with vaping, I’m surprised that the number of people who had completely quit in this study was only 38%.

Steve dewey Posted on7:10 pm - Dec 15, 2015

I’ve quit cigarettes for nearly 2 years now and been vaping e cigs of a lot of types and now regard it as a hobby as I’m soon to get a cool fire 4 and a sub tank g
It is about time they stopped saying that they can’t prove email cig’s are healthy
There are quiet a lot of us now so testing should not be hard

don Posted on6:55 pm - Dec 17, 2015

I have smoked cigarettes since I was 17 and was smoking approximately 30 a day I started on e cigarettes ln July and stopped smoking imediately I now use nil tobacco fruit flavours and find it grate

Ian Posted on2:16 am - Dec 23, 2015

I smoked 40 cigarettes a day and have tried all the NRT products (patches, gum, champix etc) despite using these products and genuinely wanting to quit I just couldn`t do it, I started vaping five weeks ago and although I know that it is still early days I can honestly say that I have not touched (or wanted) a cigarette in that time, I don`t wheeze when lying in bed at night, my persistent irritating cough has gone, I feel better in myself, my clothes and hair do not smell and I am saving an awful amount of money (cigarette spend was on average £130/$193 per week!!) and I still get that “kick” that the cigarette gave me and the alternative products did not although I am now down to 0.6% nicotine content and working towards nicotine free liquid.

    sandra Posted on9:27 am - Oct 24, 2016

    I’ll confirm that – 30 a day for 30 years, I never thought it would be as easy. Three months have flown by.

Brittani Posted on1:12 pm - Jan 6, 2016

Due to moving to not the greatest neighborhood when I was 6, I met the wrong people and started playing around with smoking cigarettes. I then fully starting smoking when I was about 10. Now I am 27 and I finally quit smoking because of vaping. I didn’t just cut my cigarette use down, I eliminated it completely. Now I can finally breathe. My oxygen level was so low for years. I could be at a sit still for over an hour with an oxygen level of only 94%. When I was off cigarettes for only a month and had a doctors appointment, that I walked to mind you, my oxygen read 99%. It hasn’t been that good since I was a child. Even my circulation is getting better. My feet don’t just turn purple from just sitting on the couch anymore. Vaping is changing my life for the better and I hope that it can do the same for others.

    innokin Frank Posted on9:36 am - Jan 7, 2016

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steve chelton Posted on10:28 pm - Jan 10, 2016

I have been vaping for 2yrs and I can’t understand why only 38% of smokers have quit using this method. I’ve found it just as satisfying as cigarettes but also withadded benefits such as less than a quarter of the price , I’ve more breath , I don’t smell like an ash tray and I’ve more energy than I’ve had for years . I even get that hit at the back of the throat , that you obviously dont get with patchs or gum.vaping nicotine has turned my life around . Brilliant. Any cigarrette smoker would be a fool not to check it out in my opinion. Oh one more thing I’m not causing anyone else any damage like you do smoking a cigarette in the company of other people. Vaping is awesome. Every cigarette smoker should at least try it, you can’t loose.

    susanne Posted on9:07 pm - Jun 4, 2016

    I so agree with you I smoked for 37 years and been vaping for over 2 years….I just love it..my best friend still smokes she keeps saying that all she does is cough when she uses the vaper…needless to say she only tried like 3 or 4 hits….I don’t get it but oh well her money her health…I love it …had to get that of my chest

Ivonne f Bopp Posted on9:54 pm - Jan 11, 2016

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Lo recomiendo so bre todo para los fumadores empedernidos como yo y mi amiga.
Se diga lo que se diga del cigarro electrónico creó k lejos es mejor y más sano k el de paquete y no molestamos ni efermamos a nadie feliz feliz feliz con mi cigarro

James Oswalt Posted on2:43 am - Feb 2, 2016

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gordon Posted on7:38 pm - Mar 2, 2016

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Derek Posted on2:00 pm - Mar 26, 2016

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Justin Posted on12:01 am - Jul 6, 2016

I also will admit to smoking for the better part of 10 years and still being young enough to make a difference I started vaping with the Isub v 5ml tank on abother brand mod..

No cigarettes for 3 months and plan to keep the trend so hopefully my children won’t pick up the habit of cigarettes.

Wow what a difference in taste, smell, and wallet!

Mike Posted on1:04 am - Jul 15, 2016

As a previous smoker I can tell you 100% that vaping helps you quit and you breathe easier. I don’t think they are totally harmless, but they are MUCH better than traditional tobacco products. I used them to quit smoking, and now smoke nothing, so it was a working system for me!

Stankopil.ru Posted on9:02 am - Sep 6, 2016

A recent study by The British Journal of Psychiatry has found that smokers who successfully quit feel less anxious afterwards with the effect being greater among those who had mood and anxiety disorders than those that smoked for pleasure.

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