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Study Suggests E-Cigarettes are Less Addictive than Cigarettes



New research has shown that electronic cigarettes are less addictive than traditional cigarettes. This could be good news for smokers who have switched to e cigs as a stepping stone to moving away from nicotine dependence altogether. The research indicates that much less will power should be required to stop using e cigarettes than was previously required to stop smoking.


Research Shows E-cigarettes could be Less Addictive

The latest research on e-cigarettes role in nicotine addiction suggests that former smokers, who, once they have moved away from tobacco and have started to use e cigs, find it easier to take the next step and move away from ecigarette use and the dependency on nicotine altogether.

The research has been widely welcomed by the stop smoking and e cigarette communities, however, there is as usual with the subject of electronic cigarettes much debate.

So what does the Study Say About E-cigarettes and Nicotine Addiction

But first, let’s look at the figures and the current e-cigarette status quo:

  • 2.7 Billion is the forecast turnover in $’s for the e-cig industry in 2015
  • 32 Million – is the estimated number of ex-smokers who will use e cigarettes in 2015
  • 2.1 Million - the number of e cigarette users in the UK alone


Now let’s look at the latest research in greater detail:

“It is clear in obvious terms that the use of electronic cigarettes is much less addictive than traditional tobacco cigarettes, in a recent long-term, survey with across the board participation the results were clear” – Professor Jonathon Foulds, Public Health Sciences.

To study electronic cigarette dependence correctly, the researchers created a bespoke online survey process, where the questions were aimed at finding out how dependent the participants used to be on tobacco cigarettes, completely different questions with an identical meaning were then used to find how dependent the participants were now on electronic cigarettes.

Just over 3,500 ex-tobacco cigarette smokers who now use ecigarettes completed the dependence index study. Nicotine dependence was found in those that used liquid with high concentrations of nicotine and e cigs with advanced delivery systems. Long term users of e cigarettes also appeared to be more dependent. However, even users of high nicotine liquids who showed dependency characteristics still had lower dependency scores than they had when smoking cigarettes.

Mr. Foulds went on to say “There is no long term data relating to health and e-cigarette use available at this time, but common sense and even basic analysis says electronic cigarettes are far less toxic, and our study suggests they are also far less addictive”

The study findings have been published in the Tobacco and Nicotine Research Journal. You can also find a number of other interesting studies on the subject of ecigarettes published in the journal.

Is Nicotine Really that Addictive

It’s supposed to be the reason why people smoke and nicotine is widely regarded as being a very addictive substance. Yet, some believe it’s no more addictive than coffee or tea, or sugar or fat, or any of the other many substances that are consumed during our regular daily life.

There are even some suggestions that nicotine is not responsible for smoker’s addiction to burning tobacco. And when you consider that there are over 9,000 chemicals and compounds to be found in tobacco smoke, it’s not beyond possibility that at least a small number of these could also have addictive qualities. Or that the combination of some of these chemicals with nicotine creates an addictive reaction which is responsible for smoker’s dependence. We already know that nicotine does not pose any real risks to health, but could it also prove to be completely non-addictive?

We have decided to carry out further research in to just how addictive nicotine is and what other chemicals in tobacco smoke could be addictive. We will report on our findings in our next post here.



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