Vapouround magazine ISSUE 21 - Page 72

FEATURE Vapers are more resilient to smoking relapses, even after the occasional cigarette Researchers have found some key advantages to vaping that keep the strongest temptations of old smoking habits away, even after relapses By Leo Forfar New research conducted at the University of East Anglia’s Norwich Medical School has suggested that vapers are less prone to smoking relapses than non-vapers, even if they have the odd cigarette. A 40-strong group of ex-smokers who had successfully used e-cigarettes to quit were interviewed by the research team. Roughly half of the subjects reported slip-ups and occasional bouts of dual use. One of the most interesting findings of the study was that vapers view smoking relapses differently to non-vapers in that those that relapsed exhibited less stress and defeatism and were less likely to let it adversely affect their willpower. Project lead, Dr Caitlin Notley said: "In the past – a brief smoking lapse would almost always lead to a full relapse, and people would usually feel like a failure for slipping up. But this was before people started switching to vaping.” “The difference is that, for some vapers, the odd cigarette was thought of as being ‘allowed.' For others, an unintentional cigarette made them even more determined to maintain abstinence in future. Either way, it didn't necessarily lead to a full relapse back into smoking." This discovery is not just important for continuing to make the case for vaping as an effective method of smoking cessation, but it fleshes out just how three-dimensional vaping is as a method of nicotine replacement. Vaping supplements the myriad physical and mental factors in nicotine use in ways other replacement methods don’t, changing our very attitudes and viewpoints on smoking. 72 | VM21