Quitting E-Cigs is Difficult
The relative newness of E-Cigs and their usage as potential vehicles to “Quit Smoking” appear to have encountered a new dilemma. The E-Cigs themselves seem to be proving that quitting E-Cigs is difficult.
While the true safety of an E-Cig remains to be determined, for people already smoking tobacco, E-Cigs are a lesser evil.
While not addressing the nicotine addiction in any way, E-Cigs do allow the Smoker to continue to gratify their nicotine addiction without dealing with the carcinogens present in tobacco.
For those not smoking at all, E-Cigs are a gateway to a lifetime of nicotine addiction. Context changes the equation.
What Happens after Switching
What has become of those Smokers who switched to E-Cigs with the intent to use E-Cigs to honestly quit nicotine? Why do we never hear success stories from this group? Wasn’t that the motivation behind switching to E-Cigs and Vaping in the first place? Where have they gone?
It is my belief that this specific class of Smoker has made a decision to psychologically compromise their own promise to quit nicotine. They have found a softer way as well as a way to justify a continued and unabated use of the drug.
Measuring the true efficacy of E-Cigs and Vapes as smoking cessation tools is further complicated by reports that slightly over half of the Smokers/Vapors polled were concurrently smoking cigarettes along with their E-Cig usage.
Another measurement challenge comes from the almost two-thirds who plan on ending their use of e-cigarettes – at some undefined point in the future. This is an excellent example of temporal discounting, the “I’ll gladly pay you next week for a hamburger I can eat today,”
E-Cigs do not help Smokers to Quit
An international coalition of respiratory doctors and scientists have warned that tobacco harm reduction strategies which support the use of alternative nicotine delivery products for smoking cessation are not effective and are based upon incorrect assumptions and undocumented claims.
Interestingly, they say there is a lack of proof to support claims that E-Cigs help Smokers to stop for good. They are more inclined to accept mounting evidence that their use is harmful to health.
This is yet another example of the tobacco industry’s long-established tactic to sell so-called safer products in a bid to deter smokers from quitting and to make smoking more socially acceptable while keeping the Smoker hooked on nicotine.
It may prove more challenging to quit those e-cigarettes than we had hoped. We do not know the number of individuals that did successfully use e-cigarettes as a bridge to being free of both traditional and e-cigarettes.
Measuring difficulties may ensure that we will never accurately determine that answer.
The theory that e-cigarettes are the bridge for traditional smokers to a healthier life has not proven to work out. It appears that for some, e-cigarettes serve as a more socially acceptable substitute rather than a step in recovery.
Why are we trading one addiction for another? Wouldn’t it be better not to begin addictive behaviors?
Before we jump on the E-Cig Popularity Bandwagon.we need to find out how good a bridge to recovery e-cigarettes can or cannot be. We need more information about long term effects of Vaping.