The study titled “Advice From Former-Smoking E-Cigarette Users to Current Smokers on How to Use E-Cigarettes as Part of an Attempt to Quit Smoking,” which was published on the journal Nicotine & Tobacco Research, looked at a multi-national, self-selected sample of 4192 former smokers who managed to quit via e-cigarettes. The participants were asked to share what advice they would offer smokers who are considering using e-cigarettes for smoking cessation, via an online survey.
The researchers identified four main themes: “(1) Find a combination of vaping device, flavors of e-liquid and nicotine strength that “works for you”; (2) Continuing to smoke for a while after starting to vape is OK; (3) Failure to quit smoking with the use of approved smoking cessation aids before success with e-cigarettes is common; and (4) Awareness of improved health and hygiene since switching to vaping.”
The study concluded that experienced vapers who have successfully quit smoking with the help of the devices, could play a key role in encouraging and assisting current smokers making the switch, by giving them advice and practical information about vaping.
“Encouraging cigarette smokers to interact with experienced vapers in places where vapers themselves once received advice and now give advice about vaping-vape shops and online discussion fora-may have significant potential to help more smokers to switch to e-cigarette use,” said the study abstract.