They might. Many people vape as a way to stop smoking and/or stay tobacco-free. And for some people, it works.
Vaping is safer than smoking cigarettes, because e-cigarettes have no combustible tobacco. They aren’t completely safe, but they are much safer than smoking. So people who use e-cigarettes avoid the harmful effects of tobacco smoke, and vaping can help them taper down and eventually end their nicotine intake.
On the other hand, some people who vape have trouble quitting because using an e-cigarette feels so much like smoking a regular cigarette. Some might start smoking cigarettes again or use both e-cigarettes and tobacco. Some might plan to taper down and stop using e-cigarettes completely, but they’re still addicted to the nicotine delivered by the vape.
At QuitNet, we believe that lowering your intake of combustible tobacco is always a step in the right direction, and however you want to stop smoking cigarettes, we support you. If you have the option, using nicotine replacement therapy (like the patch, gum, lozenge, nasal spray, or inhaler) is a safer and more reliable way to taper down and end your nicotine intake. But compared to cigarettes, vaping is far safer than smoking, and it may help you quit.
Medical review: Nathan Cobb, MD, September 12, 2017