The study named, “About One in Five Novice Vapers Buying Their First E-Cigarette in a Vape Shop Are Smoking Abstinent after Six Months,” has explored the smoking/vaping trajectories and smoking cessation success rates of smokers buying theirs after purchasing their first e-cigarette in brick-and-mortar vape shops in the Belgian region of Flanders.
“Around one in five smoking customers buying their first e-cigarette in a brick-and-mortar vape shop had quit smoking completely after six months.”
According to the report, the selected study participants (n = 71) were requested to fill out questionnaires assessing smoking/vaping behavior at three different stages since the time they purchased their first e-cigarette (intake, after three and six months). Their smoking status was biochemically double checked using eCO measurements.
The compiled data suggested that a smoking reduction of 53% (from 17 cigarettes per day (CPD) at intake, to 8 CPD after six months) was observed, whereas eCO decreased to 15 ppm. Moreover, 18% of the participants had quit smoking completely (eCO = 2 ppm), another 25% had at least halved CPD, whereas 57% had failed to reduce CPD by at least 50% (including 13% lost to follow-up).
The study also revealed that those who did manage to quit smoking took more e-liquid than those who continued to smoke.