A study released last week shows that vaping is now the most popular smoking cessation product. The only more popular techniques were quitting cold turkey and gradually reducing the number of cigarettes smoked.
The information came in a “research brief” from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), a U.S. government agency, and was published in the journal Preventing Chronic Disease.. The authors include Dr. Tim McAfee, director of the CDC’s Office on Smoking and Health. McAfee has been a staunch opponent of e-cigarettes and vaping.
The study looked at almost 16,000 adult smokers over a period of 26 months. The goal was to determine which of 10 quitting methods worked best. As it turned out, about three-quarters of those who tried to quit used more than one method.
Combining the smokers who either substituted some or all of their cigarettes with vapor products, e-cigarettes were used by more than half of everyone who tried to quit — twice the number that used FDA-approved nicotine replacement therapies (NRT) like patches and gum.