Penn State Reports E-Cigarettes are Less Addictive Than Tobacco Cigarettes

Last updated on November 20th, 2019

Penn State Reports E-Cigarettes are Less Addictive Than Tobacco Cigarettes

E-Cigarette Addiction Concerns Pacified by Wide Sample Study on Nicotine Dependency

On December 9th, 2014 Penn State University published their nicotine dependency study of long-time tobacco cigarette users in an attempt to determine whether e-cigarettes posed a similar or greater dependency than tobacco cigarettes.

The results were in favor of e-cigarettes.

According to Jonathan Foulds, professor of public health sciences and psychiatry, Penn State College of Medicine,

“We found that e-cigarettes appear to be less addictive than tobacco cigarettes in a large sample of long-term users”.

What’s more, the study proved to be a stepping stone for confirming a more important implication; one seasoned vapers can already confirm; that e-cigarettes should be considered as devices used for smoking cessation.

Foulds went on to say,

”We might actually need e-cigarettes that are better at delivering nicotine because that's what's more likely to help people quit.”

E-cigarettes await final regulation from the Food and Drug Administration. The agency has not approved e-cigarettes as a smoking cessation device.

Still the numbers of people using e-cigarettes is growing exponentially with 2.5 million vapers in the US alone. (2014)


Among those vapers many are choosing to use vaporizers over the first-generation ecigarettes or “cigalikes”. Vaporizers do deliver nicotine more efficiently, but according to the Penn State study, they are also the most dependent on nicotine.

Still, Professor Foulds noted that even more dependent ecig users had a lower e-cig dependence score than their cigarette dependence score.

If you’re wondering who sponsored the Penn State study, it’s interesting to note that it was NOT e-cigarette companies or lobby groups. It was Penn State Social Science Research Institute and Cancer Institute, the National Institute on Drug Abuse of the National Institutes of Health and the Center for Tobacco Products of the U.S. Food and Drug Administration.

[important]Important ECig News Update – September 2015 – Public Health England says “ECigarettes are about 95% safer than tobacco cigarettes”[/important]

If you’re ready to make the switch from tobacco to e-cigarettes, become an educated consumer. You’ll find honest reviews and e-cigarette comparison articles throughout our website.

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