The First Sign Of Promise For E-Cigs

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Research into electronic cigarettes has come a long way since they first began to gain international notice in 2008.  Much of the results are spun negatively or provided without comparison to conventional cigarettes or outright ignored in follow-up discussions about whether electronic cigarettes should be used.  This is as often done by the researchers themselves as by media, politicians, and anti-smoking nuts.

On occasion, there is a study that cleanly and concisely goes after the facts.  In November of 2009, the first of these occurred.  A number of individuals from the University of Alberta (that’s Canada) worked with a UK-based electronic cigarette distributor to survey e-cig consumers.  This group included CASAA’s now science director Carl V. Phillips.

The survey returned the first tangible results contradicting extremist nicotine-abstinence proponents’ claims that e-cigs were appealing disproportionately to younger, non-smokers.  Every single respondent had smoked before using electronic cigarettes and a whopping 86% were over the age of 30.  As well, a vast majority of users reported better smoker’s cough, better capacity for exercise, better sense of taste and smell, and better overall health.  Not a single respondent claimed any worsened symptoms of smoking.

This was big.  Granted, it’s not clinical trials, doctor’s physicals, and x-rays, but more than 300 responses had supported electronic cigarettes as a less harmful and successful replacement for smoking.  Even then, the researchers suggested that the health benefits of switching from smoking to electronic cigarettes would evaporate if the trend towards banning electronic cigarettes continued.  Interesting note: The sale of e-cigs containing nicotine was banned in Canada as of March 2009.

The Results

The survey was completed 303 times.  After removing responses of possible duplicates (those with duplicate IPs or no IP at all), the survey had 270 responses.  The percentages below are for the non-duplicate responses, but you can see the complete study here.

As said above, all were smokers before using electronic cigarettes and 86% were over the age of 30.  Despite the distributor assisting with the survey being based in the UK, 77% of respondents lived in the US.

Most (78%) of the respondents were relatively new electronic cigarette users having only used the devices for 0-5 months.  Another 19% had been e-cig users for 6-12 months.  This is not unexpected as the industry was still very new.

This also turned out to be a community largely filled with people that had attempted to quit before and failed.  Only 8% of respondents said that they hadn’t attempted to quit before using electronic cigarettes.  The largest percentage (46%) of those that had tried to quit, had tried 4 to 9 times before.  87% had tried pharmaceutical cessation products and 64% of them said that these products didn’t help them at all.

Electronic cigarettes, however, had replaced quite a lot of smoking for respondents.  For 82%, electronic cigarettes had completely replaced conventional cigarette smoking.

Health improvements were also a big issue.  A whopping 94% had said their overall health was better since beginning to use electronic cigarettes.  The smoker’s cough improved for 98% of users, ability to exercise improved for 88%, sense of smell improved for 82%, and sense of taste improved for 77%.  Considering that most users had only just started using electronic cigarettes in the last 5 months, these changes were fairly immediate and drastic.

The responses were overwhelmingly good for the new product.  Granted this study focused primarily on a group that was primed for success stories–namely, individuals already purchasing electronic cigarettes and willing to answer a survey about them–but this was the first major sign that there were success stories to be shared.

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  1. John says

    Awesome results!! Love seeing statistics in action as people are living proof! I know I was one!

  2. Johnathan Brown says

    That is awesome, awesome stuff. BA. Hopefully other trials go as well. I believe that was a great study, with them all being smokers and most over 30. good stuff.

  3. Mike says

    The health improvements alone say so so much about making the switch!

  4. slap_maxwell says

    I”m pleased that such studies exist. It’s one thing for us as users to communicate these things amongst ourselves, and another entirely for these issues to be communicated to those outside our “realm.” Hopefully more such studies will take the wind out of the sails of the various Nannies and “do-gooders” who are looking to regulate or ban vaping….

  5. Amanda says

    very awesome

  6. Amanda says

    And yes its awesome that studies are happening more and more everyday

  7. Mike says

    Yes it is

  8. MorrinB says

    Glad to see one good solid study!

  9. Chad says

    Seems like the numbers speak for themselves….now why is Canada still outlawing ejuice?

  10. nicxvapor says

    Excellent news. Very glad to read that.

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  12. saboinia says

    yay in shortt yay

  13. Karla Lyle says

    That is just a very small study. I hope to see some studies done on a much bigger scale in the future as well as some long term studies.

  14. Perrien says

    The first sign of promise is a survey of “highly motivated and passionate e-cigarette users” (line from the study itself) done over 3 years ago? So it’s really little more than a biased advertisement for the e-cig industry. I’m ready to see some actual, unbiased studies.

  15. lpennell says


  16. Muertala says

    Another step accomplished toward mainstreaming electronic cigarettes, and hopefully one day we can vape in peace where ever we want and be socially acceptable.

  17. hallucinoJEN says

    Dr. Farsalinos’ study on the effects fo e-cigs on the heart was great news to our community. I’d like to see a long-term study regarding possible lung damage/healing and it’s effect on the body as a whole.

  18. Karla Lyle (Msv8PR) says

    That is awesome! Sounds like most had improved health. Being smoke free for a year has definitely improved my health.

  19. sandi says

    With these results and statistics. it speaks for itself. The future of ecigs can only get better. its got to

  20. robovape says

    “This also turned out to be a community largely filled with people that had attempted to quit before and failed. Only 8% of respondents said that they hadn’t attempted to quit before using electronic cigarettes. ”

    i think that’s the smoking community in general… most smokers i know have tried to quit several times, myself included…

  21. Adam says

    I am looking forward to switching over and no longer hacking in the morning. My first e-cig is in the mail. Can’t wait!

  22. Mike says

    Making the switch was the best thing I ever did for my lungs. I am definitely one of those who tried to quit before but failed miserably over and over again.

  23. Jennifer A. aka hallucinoJEN says

    Although I am happy to see a positive study on e-cigs, I know many people do not rely on statistics alone, mainly because statistics can be manipulated to favor the surveyors.

    I wish a research can come out regarding physical evidence of the effectiveness of e-cigs. Especially, the improvements on the smoker’s lungs once switching to e-cigs. Dr. Farsalinos’ study was big for our community, because it showed hard proof that the e-cig had a much better effect on the heart than smoking traditional tobacco cigs. If there was proof that e-cigs cleared the lungs and actually did help smoker’s breathe, that would be tremendous in our fight to keep e-cigs from being banned.

  24. stogismkr says

    I have only been a user for one week and already see an increase in my health.

  25. RCO67 says

    I’m part of the 82% that has totally quit consuming tobacco. I totally credit that accomplishment to the electronic cigarette.

  26. Dale Van Droof says

    I can attest to the fact that ecigs are much better for you and the typical symptoms from smoking diminish when vaping! I stopped smoking and started vaping 40 days ago. I no longer couch all the time, I can easily clear my throat, food tastes better, I sleep better at night, and I don’t get winded just walking upstairs to the bedroom at night. Vaping has saved my life in that I am no longer killing myself slowly by smoking cigarettes.

  27. Kathleen says

    I am an e-cig user since 06/2012.
    The benefits for me personally:
    -No more stink in the house
    -No more burnholes
    -Decrease in the amount of nicotine to feel satisfied
    -Reduced stress since I don’t have to spend energy finding a smoking permitted area that isn’t disgusting and/or exposed to the elements
    -The calming effect of the ritual (I am very sensitive to anxiety)
    -It helps me focus

    And no, I don’t want to stop smoking (e-cigs) for the reasons above. It is not about smoking cessation. The e-cig takes the pressure off so you can reduce your nicotine dependence at your own pace.

    What I would like to see for each manufacturer of e-liquid is a chemical breakdown of it. If they can detect 4000 for traditional cigarettes, why not e-liquid?

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