This might come as a surprise for some, but according to recent research people who used to smoke combustible tobacco find electronic cigarettes to be less addictive. Despite the fact that they are puffing on these gizmos at the same rate as they would on their combustible counterparts, many ex-smokers stated that they have far less nicotine cravings on a daily basis and odds are they would feel less irritable and less likely to feel impulsive over the need to vape.
The research took place at Penn State College of Medicine and lead researcher, Prof. Jonathan Foulds believes that the pattern is very clear. The overall results indicate a much lower ecig usage score than in the case of smoking on tobacco, so the conclusion is obvious that users of electronic cigarettes are less hooked on nicotine and on vaping in general.
E-cigarettes noticed a boom in popularity in the past five years, note the researchers, and they are basically battery operated devices that – thorough the help of a heating element – turn a nicotine base solution (called e-liquid or e-juice) into a flavored mist that the users puff on. The fact that they mimic the whole smoking process to the last detail is crucial in helping people cut down and ultimately quick on tobacco. However, as many scientists agree that these devices contain far less cancer causing chemicals than combustible cigarettes, their effects on the long term are still unknown and many studies are required in order to get a general picture.
This study was published in Nicotine & Tobacco Research and it surveyed a number of 3,600 users of electronic cigarettes with questions about their former tobacco addiction and their new e-cig dependence. All the ex-smokers that have totally made the switch to e-cigarettes stated that the rate of puffing is approximately similar to that of inhaling on tobacco – a person who used to smoke around 20 cigarettes per day is now having around 20 vaping sessions. However, there are some key differences between the two addictions.
The first is that users can now wait longer for their first puff of the day (from 27 minutes in the case of combustible tobacco to 45 minutes in the case of ecigs). Secondly, 40% of smokers used to wake up in the middle of the night for a cigarettes, while only 7% of e-cig users continue doing so. Thirdly, about 30% of vapers had strong cravings to puff on the devices, compared to 90% of the smokers. And last but not least, only around 25% stated they felt irritated or nervous when they couldn’t puff on nicotine, as compared again to the 90% of smokers.
As you can clearly see in the results above, electronic cigarettes do have a more calming effect on the lives of former smokers, besides the fact that they are considered to pose far less health risks. But what makes them so interesting? Stay tuned for the second part of this article.
… to be continued…