Misrepresented Research Used To Show E-Cigs Don’t Help Smokers Quit

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blue-research-photoThe lengths electronic cigarette opponents will go to in order to argue against the devices remains staggering even today.  You’d think we would get used to it, but every once in a while they surprise even us.  Most recently, it involves a small study which researchers are swearing proves that electronic cigarettes don’t help with smoking cessation.

There’s a lot of problems with this study — many of which are detailed by e-cig advocate Dr. Michael Siegel.

The most significant issue is that the study tracked smoking cessation year over year in 88 smokers who used an electronic cigarette at least once in the month previous to the study starting.  So there is no guarantee that these individuals actually use electronic cigarettes regularly.  Even more ridiculous is that more than 90% of these individuals admitted they were not attempting to quit smoking.  So the low quit rate says nothing for the actual quit rate of those using electronic cigarettes for that purpose or even those using electronic cigarette regularly.

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This is no where near the first time statistics like these have been used.  The CDC reported that electronic cigarette use by teens doubled from 2011 to 2012, but they too used only the metric of whether individuals has used an electronic cigarette at least once in the last month (they called these individuals current users).  So a teen that used an electronic cigarette everyday and one that used one only once ever (but recently) were considered part of the same group.  In reality, the study only showed the rate of trial, but showed nothing of actual, ongoing use.

Take another instance of smoking cessation research.  A small study found no statistically significant difference in quit rate between those quitting using a nicotine patch and those which used electronic cigarettes to quit.  The patch is sold for cessation, and yet, some e-cig detractors argued that no statistically significant difference meant that e-cigs had failed to succeed at cessation.  Not only is this an entirely incorrect use of the phrase, but non-quitting users in the e-cig group managed to cut down on total smoking by far more than those in the patch group.

Like I said.  This is not entirely uncommon, but this is even more of a stretch than we’re used to.  A research letter in JAMA Internal Medicine refers to the evidence on whether electronic cigarettes help smokers quit as contradictory and inconclusive.  With research like this being done, it’s no wonder.

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19 Comments

  1. Brent says

    I don’t know about the rest of the people but I haven’t smoked for over 80 days now, haven’t smoked over 11 cartons of cigs since I’ve started vaping.

  2. Talahamut says

    Same here…it’s been over 2 years since my first taste of an e-cig and I haven’t smoked an analog since!

  3. Ididitatlast says

    Four words: ECIGS SAVED MY LIFE. On September 18, 2010 I smoked my last tobacco cigarette and haven’t smoked one since. After 40 years of smoking, I never looked back. Ecigs were my last resort; I’d tried EVERYTHING else and nothing worked. I get so angry at all of the false and misleading media. If the tobacco companies would ‘get a clue’ and support and begin manufacturing quality ecigs, they could still keep their ‘fat’ wallets and stop making the tobacco coffin nails.

  4. Ididitatlast says

    As an added comment, my husband (also a 40+ years tobacco user) also quit smoking for almost 4 years now. Another ecig success story for someone who’d been diagnosed with emphysema. No more coughing and emphysema has not progressed.

  5. dustin hartman says

    ” Even more ridiculous is that more than 90% of these individuals admitted they were not attempting to quit smoking.”
    first off how are you going to gather abunch of people who are’t even interested in quitting! what length will these savages go to? i guess until they are getting there ‘pickens’ the tobacco companies and lobbyist pigs will only continue to probe until they can find some sorta trickery or veil to pull over medias’ eyes. i own a vape shop and know for a FACT this works to stop smoking tobacco and nicotine as well. i have many customers who are down to 0(ZERO) percent nicotine. ~D~

  6. Dave Houle says

    I quit after 40 years with vapor and smoke free for a year.

  7. Kaptain Kehrtastic says

    I was a 32 year hard core smoker that didn’t believe I would (or could) ever quit smoking. I never even wanted to try the patch or the gum. I really had the habit ! I’d been seeing some ads for the e-cigarette late nite on cable TV, and thought I’d try it out. Mostly I thought at least I’d be able to use it at the bar or other public places so I wouldn’t have to keep going outside to satisfy a craving. After buying a disposable Blu e-cig at the gas station, I just somehow knew that this was going to be the answer. I’ve moved on from the disposables to rechargeable devices, but I’ve not had an analog cig since! I believe this is the high tech solution to help people quit smoking forever. Also I’d like to mention that since vaping I’ve gone from 2.4% nicotine to 1.6%, and recently down to .8% (8mg) And haven’t had any withdraw symptoms or discomfort at all. I’m not into fancy flavors just the classic tobacco but plan on going to 0% nicotine maybe in a few weeks, but I still will be vaping daily. Long Live the E-Cig!!!!!

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