Record Numbers of Smokers Using Vaping to Quit

You’ve heard the story before — your friend picked up vaping three years ago and hasn’t had a combustible cigarette since — or maybe this is your story. This is extremely common in the vaping world to hear, and in fact, a recent CDC report shows that more smokers are using vaping to quit than NRTs (Nicotine Replacement Therapies). 60% smokers trying to quit last year used a vape. Personally, I started on an AIO four years ago then shortly graduated to a box mod. Haven’t smoked since. These stories are countless and I have heard hundreds of them. Using vaping to quit is an effective means of harm reduction, according to many different experts.

So why does the FDA want to ban vaping, or at least seriously regulate it? Here’s what the CDC says, “There is no conclusive scientific evidence that e-cigarettes are effective for long-term cessation of cigarette smoking. E-cigarettes are not approved by the FDA as a smoking cessation aid.”

Using Vaping to Quit, Big Pharma Gets Hit Where it Hurts

Tell that to the many people I know who have been off cigarettes 4+ years due to vaping — many of whom have transitioned to either 0 nic or no device at all. Many people don’t know that Big Pharma and the FDA/CDC have a lot to lose if the NRT market tanks. Big Pharma would lose billions of dollars just from that niche market, and as vaping takes over, they are getting hit where it hurts. The FDA gets a kickback every single time they approve an NRT or medication product for use, something that isn’t happening with using vaping to quit. So, it stands to reason that they don’t want to support vaping and would rather back more “traditional” methods. It seriously benefits them and their agenda.

After the CDC published the results of their survey, it proved what we already knew — that more and more people are using vaping to quit and are doing so successfully. See the results of the survey below:74.7% of respondents claim to have tried multiple NRTs simultaneously during their last attempt to quit smoking.

  • 465.3% tried the cold-turkey method
  • 62.0% refocused more on reducing cigarette intake rather than quitting.
  • 35.3% attempted to reduce their smoking intake by substituting vaping to a limited degree.
  • 24.7% claimed to have quit smoking completely via a transition to vaping.
  • 25.4% claimed to have tried one or more of the FDA-approved NRTs (nicotine patches, gums and lozenges) with varying degrees of success.
  • 15.2% admitted to having solicited the help of a medical profession in their efforts to quit or reduce smoking.
  • 12.2% admitted to trying FDA-approved medication as prescribed by a physician.
  • 7.1% used “stop smoking” websites and online information to help curb their smoking addiction.
  • 5.4% used telephone “stop smoking” services.

**The opinions expressed in this blog are that of the author and not of Mt Baker Vapor or its affiliates**

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Caroline Sparks

Writer, Vaper, Advocate Have an idea? Comment below!

  • Alexander DeMaderios says:

    It is nice to see Big Pharma and the FDA hurting every once in a while haha. FDA-approved cessation methods are safe but hardly more effective than placebo. Now that e-cigarette technology has gotten cheaper, more powerful, and more advanced, it is more of a valuable cessation tool than it has ever been in my opinion. Down with Big Pharma, the FDA, and big tobacco!

  • Chuck Lantz says:

    I had already guessed that Big Tobacco had a hand in the disproportionately huge, and expensive backlash against vaping, since their own efforts to manufacture and sell vaping products hasn’t worked out. But until I read this article, I hadn’t realized that pharma companies that manufacture anti-smoking products would also suffer if vaping works as an anti-smoking method. The large amount of money being spent on anti-vaping efforts is obviously not coming from any actual “concerned citizen” groups. Maybe it’s time to “follow the money” and widely announce exactly where it’s coming from?

  • Craig S Granchi says:

    I like to see Big Pharma take a hit. But it is not enough. New Vaping laws are being introduced in florida. Pray to God they do not get passed. It makes the Vaping age from 18 – 21 along with any combustible product (excluding cigars) and Online sales that come via USPS will require a signature upon delivery. And they think this will reduce “Teen Vaping” which has become very popular. Local Government will just create another “black market”.
    And myself and my wife started Vaping 6 years ago, This July 4th weekend will be 7 years . It took us about a week to get off of cigarettes & me cigars. Haven’t had a combustible tobacco product since. Feel great, and health improvements keep on occurring even after all this time. VAPE ON

  • Browneye says:

    And why the government needs to stay out of our lives.
    Forty year smoker, switched to vape, quit within days. That was over five years ago.
    FDA is out of their mind. And anyone that says it’s not a proven way to quit tobacco. They’re just wrong.

  • Colleen Scott says:

    Thx for all of this.

  • KURT A RASNER says:

    Started Vaping 5 & 1/2 years ago, Had 1 cigarette since about a year after I quit them. Made me sick to my stomach. I know I’ll never try that again. I know a ton of people who’ve quit after started vaping, none that have tried any other way.

  • In March of 2013, I started vaping. September of 2013 was the last time of my being a cigarette smoker. Over 5 and 1/2 years without a cigarette at the age of 72 feels great–especially after smoking for 55 years. I just wanted to add that I’m not included in the above statistics, and I’m sure there are countless others just like me. Happy vaping. (Chase)

  • Elizabeth Heller says:

    Me, too! (yes, I realize this is not THAT movement!) Just wanted to chime in. Pretty sure my story is reflected somewhere in your statistics. I’ve taken every possible opportunity to tell it for almost six years. My first attempt was a “cigalike” with prefilled “filters” (tobacco and menthol tobacco only) and a small rechargeable battery that lasted only hours, with the option of a subscription for refills. This was not only a highly overpriced scam, but it tasted AWFUL! I soldiered on with the disposable cigalike types that were available at the time (blu, N-joy, etc) but was very disappointed with those as well. I found a website that offered refillable clearomizers and flavored ejuice , and from that time, 6 years ago, I have never smoked again! After a 40 year, pack a day habit, it wasn’t long before I was choosing my own preference of nic/vg/pg levels as well as devices. I have been experimenting with the pg/vg mix, but stayed with a 6 mcg nic level over the years until recently when I lowered to a 3. I love the freedom of being able to choose and vary these levels to my own preference, but it was the variety of flavors that kept me interested. I have considered DIY e juice, but it seems so complicated and expensive (for the supplies) that I continue to order my juices online. However, the websites that offer customized ratios of vg/pg are more expensive, so lately I’m reconsidering the DIY route. I prefer flavor over vapor, so I prefer a higher pg level, and most ‘pre-mixed’ juices are vg heavy. Dripping is not an option for me-tried that, too! I just want to fill my tank and GO! There are so many options available for types of devices, mixture ratios and flavors that I am still learning every day. My point is that I love having these options and learning new methods! I don’t want that freedom of choice to ever ‘go away’! After 40 yrs of cigarettes, I have been SMOKE-FREE for 6 yrs!

  • Brian says:

    I smoked 25 years and tried to quit many, many times. Cold turkey, gum, patches…..none of them worked.
    Five and a half years ago I bought my first vape pen. Within the first week I cut down from a two pack a day habit to half a pack a day. This week will mark five years since I last smoked a cigarette.

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