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In-Depth Studies of Vaping Being Less Addictive Than Tobacco



Last December, there was a study conducted at Penn State University that found electronic cigarettes to be less addictive than traditional cigarettes. Music to our ears. Scientific research is always a great thing, but there needs to legit credibility in this industry when studies like this are found.

Among the many advantages of vaping, the level of control users have is at the top of the list. Compared to traditional cigarettes, vaping allow users numerous ways to set restrictions for themselves, and consciously keep tabs on usage.

Traditional tobacco cigarettes are normally started and finished in one sitting because wasting isn’t economical. Cigarettes can cost upwards of $8 a pack, so throwing away half of them doesn’t make sense (though it would be a healthier way to go). With vaping, this question and uncertainty of waste is not in the picture. This is because, as just mentioned, the user’s ability to control how much e-liquid they use whenever they take out their e-cigarette.

In the study done by Penn State published on December 9th, 2014, 3,600 e-cigarette users took a survey of 158 questions to evaluate their experiences with occurrences such as cravings and withdrawal symptoms. Here are some of the findings:

  • 86% of cigarette smokers reported a range of extremely strong, very strong, and strong urges to smoke cigarettes, while with vapers, the same urge to smoke was only 12%.
  • 41% of smokers had experienced cravings so strong they woke at night to smoke, while only 7% of the e-smokers had experienced the identical level of urgency.
  • 92% of smokers reported irritability when unable to smoke, while only 26% of the vapers reported similar irritability when unable to vape.
  • 90% of smokers reported withdrawal symptoms, with only 30% of vapers reported the same feelings of withdrawal.

While such a study does have the possibility to construct somewhat erroneous results, a spokesperson from the American Lung Association commented that the findings seemed very much “legitimate, thorough, and balanced.”

Now, there were two others studies, one done in 2013 and another more recently in February 2015, both precipitating alike results, further adding evidence to the argument on the successfulness, usefulness, and overall advantages of e-cigarettes. While vaping users have stood by these occurrences because they’ve seen it for themselves, still having scientific research and “proof” adds credibility to the continuous anti-vaping side that keeps yelling out that there’s no evidence on the effectiveness of these vaping devices.