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Like many vapers have been saying for the past five years or so, not only does vaping help smokers kick the habit, but e-cigarettes help curb relapses.

A new vaping research study, titled “Vaping as an Alternative to Smoking Relapse Following Brief Lapse,” was released recently in the journal Drug and Alcohol Review. The research concluded vapers have a higher quitting percentage and enjoy long periods without suffering relapses, according to medicalxpress.com.

Among the researchers dedicating time to the project, Dr. Caitlin Notley served as the lead scientist. A Norwich Medical School associate, Notley credited vaping for promoting a “smoke-free” environment.

“E-cigarettes are the most popular aid to quitting smoking in the UK,” Notley was quoted as saying.  “Our previous research has shown that e-cigarettes are really important for helping people stay smoke-free – by substituting the physical, psychological and social aspects of smoking.

“We wanted to know what happens when people who have switched to vaping, lapse back into smoking. It’s really important to understand this so that we can develop advice, guidance and support to help people stay smoke-free long term—particularly as relapsing back to smoking cigarettes is so harmful.”

To complete the study, Notley guided the staff to conduct 40 interviews with ex-smokers who utilized vaping as a cessation tool. Nearly 20 of the participants admitted to “brief or regular relapses” especially when they found themselves in a social setting. Still, vapers seem to react differently when they slip back to smoking, the study indicated.

“In the past—a brief smoking lapse would almost always lead to a full relapse, and people would usually feel like a failure for slipping up. But this was before people started switching to vaping,” Notley said. “The difference is that, for some vapers, the odd cigarette was thought of as being ‘allowed’. For others, an unintentional cigarette made them even more determined to maintain abstinence in the future. Either way, it didn’t necessarily lead to a full relapse back into smoking.”

Another difference is vaping can serve as “pleasurable alternative to smoking” and going back to cigarettes generally can be an “in the moment” occurrence. Long-term relapses can be rare, Notley noted.

“For ex-smokers, vaping offers a pleasurable, social and psychological substitute to cigarettes and it powerfully alters the threat of relapse,” he said. “The old ‘not a puff’ advice may need revisiting.”

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