Study Suggests E-Cigs Help Smokers Quit

Posted at: 06/26/2013 9:22 PM
Updated at: 06/26/2013 10:44 PM
By: Steph Crock

(ABC 6 News) -- Next week, smokers in Minnesota will be paying a $1.60 more for a pack of cigarettes, because of that, some are stocking up, others are switching to electronic cigarettes.

It may sound too good to be true, but a study conducted by the journal PLOS ONE shows electronic cigarettes actually help smokers quit.    

With the upcoming tax hike, some smokers are already making the switch to rolling their own cigarettes. "We can’t even keep it on the shelf it’s that good of a seller," said the owner of Apollo Liquor and Smoke Shop in Rochester,  Peter Kolas.

"I probably will change it up. I like to smoke non-filtered cigarettes for the flavor so I’ll probably just roll my own," said smoker Christopher Atwood.

However, there is another alternative to dodge the tax hike, the electronic cigarette. "They're starting to buy that more as opposed to the real cigarettes because it’s an artificial cigarette and it takes the place of a real cigarette," said Kolas.

In some cases, getting more bang for your buck. "It works up to like 400 pumps which would be like 4 or 5 cartons I think," said Kolas.

Smokers like Atwood say it's just not the same. "The e-cigarette, it’s okay. It's vapory, it kind of made my throat sore, I don't want a computerized, robo-techno cigarette, I want the old fashioned kind," said Atwood.

What if we told you, that vaporizer can actually help you quit smoking all together? That's what a recent study suggests anyway. "I think it will be better in the long run because it will help people stop smoking," said Kolas. He says it’ll still give smokers the nicotine they crave, but no harmful tar or carbon monoxide in the smoke. "People enjoy smoking for relaxation and entertainment purposes and it’s a very good product," said Kolas.

Even so, some say that quit plan, just isn't for them. “I've quit for a year stretch before with the patch and the gum. If I really wanted to, I’d go that route again. The e-cigarette is kind of cheesy for me I don't really dig it," said Kolas.

Three hundred people were surveyed in that study,13 percent stopped smoking, but a high number of people cut back.