Aside from the fact that cigarettes are addictive, cessation is important to professionals working in the field of addiction for other reasons. Research suggests that smokers working a program of addiction recovery for another substance(s), are at an exponentially greater risk of relapse. Which is why reputable alcohol and substance use disorder treatment centers place a major emphasis on clients embracing smoking cessation while in their care.
So, if smoking can result in recovery efforts being for naught, those in treatment would be wise to heed the advice to quit. Obviously, this is easier said than done, but it’s possible, nonetheless. Especially with the help of one of the many smoking cessation aids in conjunction with cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT). Upon hearing this you may be wondering if e-cigarettes qualify as acceptable smoking cessation aids. Until recently, the answer to that question might have been an emphatic “no,” depending on who you asked. However, new research indicates that some people may benefit from e-cigarettes.
Quitting Smoking With E-Cigarettes
Whether you are in recovery or merely thinking about giving recovery a chance, you know of the existence of e-cigarettes. Vaping has become a mainstream activity and is a multibillion dollar industry. There is a high likelihood that you are familiar with the ongoing debate of the safety of the devices, as well. While most health experts tend to agree that e-cigs are safer than traditional nicotine products, there has been little consensus about the efficacy of e-cigarettes for smoking cessation. New research has shown that those attempting to quit tobacco could be aided by e-cigarettes, according to a Georgetown University Medical Center press release. The study was conducted at the Georgetown Lombardi Comprehensive Cancer Center and published in Nicotine & Tobacco Research.
Together with research published this July in BMJ, there is a clear connection between e-cigarettes and smoking cessation. The Georgetown researchers analyzed a national survey of more than 24,500 current or recent former cigarette users, the press release reports. The survey, Tobacco Use Supplement to the Current Population Survey (TUS-CPS), tracks long-term trends in tobacco use, cessation attempts and tobacco-related policies. David Levy, PhD, professor of oncology at Georgetown Lombardi and lead study author points out that e-cigarettes may not be effective for every smoker. He says of the research:
"Our findings are consistent with randomized trials and those observational studies that measure frequency of e-cigarette use. These results support the use of e-cigarettes -- especially, consistent use -- as an effective smoking cessation aid. Since e-cigarettes are generally estimated to have a small proportion of the mortality risks of cigarettes, this represents an important life-saving intervention that doctors can recommend when other forms of treatment fail."
Addiction Treatment: A Great Time to Quit, Everything
If you are in need of help for substance use and dependence, please contact Celebrate Hope at Hope by The Sea. We can assist you in breaking free from all mind-altering substances that are negatively impacting your life, including tobacco. While no one can force you to quit smoking, it could be beneficial to achieving the goal of long-term recovery.