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Alberta vaping survey: E-cigs enhance taste, smell and exercise programs

Posted by Matt Rowland on

Many people often delay quitting smoking out of fear of gaining weight, but a 2009 vaping study out of Alberta, Canada, suggests that e-cigs may enhance your life in any number of positive ways.  Many smokers believe that the nicotine in combustible cigarettes acts as a sort of natural appetite suppressant.  They fear that by giving up smoking, their appetites will go through the roof, and they might put on the pounds in massive quantities.

In fact, there is substantial scientific evidence to support the connection between nicotine and appetite suppression.   2015 research from Yale University documents this concept by evaluating the effects of nicotine on the appetites of mice.  Apparently, nicotine activates something called Proopiomelanocortin (POMC) which suppresses the appetite naturally.

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But smoking also has a tendency to make us less energetic and can stifle our progress in the gym.  Who wants to run on a treadmill when they are huffing and puffing the entire time?  Or who wants to hit the weights when every 20 minutes they are craving a cigarette?  Smoking has negative effects on our senses of taste and smell, too.  And according to the Alberta research, vapers agree. 

Overview of the Alberta vaping study

As millions of smokers can attest, the hardest part about quitting is finding something to do with your hands several times per day.  Smokers are just as addicted to the toxin-filled cigarettes as they are to the sensation of holding a cigarette in their hands or placing a tubular object to the lips twenty or so times per day.  Like it or not, these are some of the reasons why vaping is so successful in quitting smoking compared to more conventional Nicotine Replacement Therapies (NRTs) manufactured by Big Pharma. 

Vaping gives us something to do with our hands(and our lips!)

The Alberta vaping study is located on the Tobacco Harm Reduction website.  The resulting data was compiled from some 297 participants via an email survey.  All respondents were current or former smokers, and 91% had tried at least once in their life to quit smoking but were unsuccessful.

  • 72% were US Citizens
  • 21% were European
  • The remainder were from Australia, New Zealand, Canada, or “other”
  • 17% were ages 18-30
  • 55% were ages 31-50
  • 32% were over 50 years old
  • 79% had quit smoking through vaping for a period of 6 months or longer prior to the study
  • Approximately 21% were dual users
  • 81% had experimented unsuccessfully with Big Pharma NRTs at least once in the past

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What the scientists discovered is that a majority of participants reported enhanced qualities of life involving their senses of taste, smell, and general health.  Most also reported a consistent boost in physical energy and stamina, and some even boasted of a substantial decrease in caffeine intake.  After all, cigarettes and coffee always seem to go hand-in-hand, don’t they?

  • 91% reported vastly improved general health
  • 97% reported the elimination of “smoker’s cough”
  • 84% witnessed an enhance interest and sustained motivation to exercise regularly
  • 80% reported an increase sense of smell
  • 73% reported an increase sense of taste

By and large, the majority of respondents found e-cigarettes to be a much more effective smoking cessation method than conventional NRTs like the patch or nicotine gums.  These statistics also mirror those found in a more recent UK vaping study which suggest that vaping can be perhaps twice as effective as NRTs, perhaps even more.  The UK study led by Dr. Jamie Brown of the Cancer Research UK Health Behavior Research Centre is published in the US National Library of Medicine National Institutes of Health (NLM/NIH).

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