New CDC data released today on adult use of electronic cigarettes in 2014 suggest that vaping is strongly associated with quit attempts. Three of the main findings were:
1. "Current cigarette smokers who had tried to quit smoking in the past
year were more likely than smokers who had not tried to quit to have
ever tried an e-cigarette."
2. "Current cigarette smokers who had tried to quit in the past year
(20.3%) were almost twice as likely as cigarette smokers who had not
tried to quit (11.8%) to currently use e-cigarettes."
3. "Nearly one in four recent former cigarette smokers (22.0%) currently used e-cigarettes."
The Rest of the Story
These data suggest that electronic cigarettes are strongly associated with smokers making quit attempts. If you want to know whether a smoker has tried to quit smoking recently, ask him if he is using e-cigarettes and you'll have a good indication.
Moreover, since 22% of recent former smokers are current e-cigarette users, it appears that electronic cigarettes have played a major role in smoking cessation for nearly one-fourth of this population of recent quitters.
These population-based data are informative, as they provide one of the first investigations into the potential benefits of electronic cigarettes. And the initial indications are that electronic cigarettes are playing a substantial role in smoking cessation attempts and in actual quitting.