quit-methods The CDC recently released a 'quit methods' study that lists e-cigarettes as the number one substitute that smokers use when they’re looking for an alternative to cigarettes. This is a departure from many past years, which had nicotine patches or nicotine gum in the top spot. This new data highlights the increasingly rising popularity of vaping, but it also sheds light on a deeper issue: the CDC’s reluctance to embrace e-cigarettes as a viable option for smokers who need an alternative. The 'quit methods' study, which was released last month, is titled “Quit Methods Used by US Adult Cigarette Smokers 2014-2016" and measures data over the aforementioned three year period. The study sought to “quantify quit methods commonly used by adult cigarette smokers.” The data showed that most people either quit cold turkey or they used multiple methods to quit altogether. When it came to finding a substitute for cigarettes, though, the study’s research found that “substituting some cigarettes with e-cigarettes was used by a greater percentage of smokers than the nicotine patch, nicotine gum, or other cessation aids approved by the US Food and Drug Administration.” They made sure to add that “further research into the effectiveness of e-cigarettes as a cessation aid is warranted.” The ‘quit methods’ study surveyed 15,943 current cigarette smokers who had made at least one quit attempt in the preceding three months. They defined a “current cigarette smoker” as someone 18 years or older who had smoked “at least 100 cigarettes in their lifetime and currently smoked ‘every day’ or ‘some days.’ The study sourced its 'quit methods' from the responses people gave when asked what people did or tried to do when they made a cessation attempt. The study defined a “quit attempt” by “asking current smokers, ‘During the past 3 months, how many times have you stopped smoking for one day or longer because you were trying to quit cigarettes for good?’” According to the results of the “quit method” study:
    • 74.7% of current adult cigarette smokers used multiple quit methods in their most recent “quit attempt.”
    • 65.3% gave up cigarettes “all at once” in their last quit attempt
    • 62% cut back on cigarettes in their last quit attempt
    • 35.3% substituted e-cigarettes for cigarettes
    • 25.4% used a nicotine patch or nicotine gum
    • 24.7% switched completely from cigarettes to e-cigarettes
  • 20.4% switched from “regular” cigarettes to “mild cigarettes
The research also showed that the least common 'quit methods' included “using smoking cessation methods approved by the US Food and Drug Administration.” In its summary of the “quit method” studys, the CDC pointed out that “Given that our data show that e-cigarettes are more commonly used for quit attempts than FDA-approved medications, further research is warranted on the safety and effectiveness of using e-cigarettes to quit.” For more information on e-cigarettes contact [email protected]