New Study Shows that Among Committed Electronic Cigarette Users, Dual Use is a Gateway to Smoking Cessation
By Dr Michael Siegel
While Dr. Glantz’s statement that few people have switched away from cigarettes or used e-cigarettes as a bridge to eventually go off cigarettes was not science-based, but pure speculation, this week a study was published which actually examines the trajectory of electronic cigarette and conventional cigarette use among a cohort of e-cigarette users. For the first time, we are able to examine Glantz’s dual use argument and his claim that very few smokers are using e-cigarettes as a bridge to eventually go off cigarettes.
It is first essential to point out that these results are not generalizable to the overall population. This is a select group of electronic cigarette users who were particularly committed to these products. The results apply to a select group of users who were vaping daily.
Nevertheless, the results do demonstrate that in contrast to the claims of many anti-smoking advocates, dual use of electronic cigarettes and conventional cigarettes does not necessarily have adverse public health consequences. Instead, it appears that for many smokers, dual use serves as a gateway to smoking cessation.