Data Reveals Truth about Smoking Cessation and Reduction


It’s no secret that the role of electronic cigarettes has been long debated. That is, their effects on young people, whether they are really safe or not and if they really help people quit smoking. The recently released nationally representative data from the Population Assessment of Tobacco and Healthy Study – waves 1 (2013-2014) and wave 2 (2014-2015) sheds some light on e-cig use. Specifically, whether it helps people reduce or stop smoking altogether.

The results between waves 1 and 2 revealed that 6.9 percent of cigarette smokers, who were not current e-cigarette users, did indeed transition to former smokers. Cigarette smokers who initiated e-cigarette use between waves and then reported daily cigarette use at wave 2 had 7.88 times the odds of 30-day cigarette cessation, compared with non-users of e-cigarettes at wave 2.

It was also discovered that cigarette smokers who began using e-cigs every day and did not achieve cessation had 5.70 times the odds of reducing their average daily cigarette use by at least 50 percent between waves 1 and 2, when compared with e-cigarette non-users.

In conclusion, daily e-cig initiators were more likely to have quit smoking cigarettes or reduced use than non-users. On the other hand, less frequent e-cigarette use was not associated with cigarette cessation or reduction. Experts suggest that it is necessary to incorporate frequency of e-cigarette use if the public and experts are going to develop a thorough understanding of the association between e-cigarettes use and cigarette cessation.

E-Cigarette Merchant Account

Despite the many studies supporting that belief that e-cigarettes can really help people stop smoking traditional cigarettes, many are still against their use – for this and many other reasons. This has made it hard for merchants who wish to sell these products. Most providers consider the industry “high risk” and push these merchant’s applications to the side.

Thankfully, high risk alternative providers offer an electronic cigarette merchant account. This account provides the services necessary to safely process customers debit and credit card transactions. These providers can also protect merchants with chargeback protection and prevention programs. While more studies will likely be done in the future, your business can still secure the services it needs to operate smoothly today.

Author Bio:Electronic payments expert Blair Thomas is the co-founder of high-risk payment processing company eMerchantBroker. He’s just as passionate about his business as he is with traveling and spending time with his dog Cooper.