Study Found Vaping Beat Traditional Smoking-Cessation Options

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In the new study, researchers tracked almost 900 middle-age smokers who were randomly assigned to receive either e-cigarettes or nicotine replacement products, including patches, gums and lozenges. "This is now likely to change", Hajek said.

But two editorials in the same publication threw some cold water on the trial's results.

"This is a well-designed and much-needed study that may have important clinical and policy implications for the use of e-cigarettes as a cessation aid", Scott Weaver, an epidemiologist at Georgia State University's School of Public Health who is not affiliated with the new research, told Gizmodo.

A total of 886 smokers attended NHS Stop Smoking Services in London, Leicester and East Sussex. By the 52nd week, 18 per cent of the e-cigarette group was still off cigarettes, compared to 9.9 per cent of the standard treatment group. "We fear that the creation of a generation of nicotine-addicted teenagers will lead to a resurgence in the use of combustible tobacco in the decades to come", said lead author Jeffrey Drazen, editor in chief of NEJM.

'Evidence of effectiveness must be balanced against the short-term and long-term safety of e-cigarettes.

When it comes to helping cigarette smokers quit, it turns out e-cigarette executives were right: e-cigs beat both patches and gum when it comes to smoking cessation tools.

'Although a large number of smokers report that they have quit smoking successfully with the help of e-cigarettes, health professionals have been reluctant to recommend their use because of the lack of clear evidence from randomised controlled trials. Those dual users may gradually reduce the cigarettes they smoke, as so many vapers do.

Another concern Jordt has about e-cigarettes is that many users will simply never stop using them.

The study, funded by The National Institute for Health Research and supported by Cancer Research UK, was published in The New England Journal of Medicine (citation below). After all, not only are e-cigarettes helping people quit, they are 95 percent less harmful than traditional cigarettes.

Those who used nicotine replacement therapies of their choice (including patches, gum, lozenges, sprays, inhalators, or a combination of products).

Smokers in the e-cigarette group received a $26 starter kit, while those in the nicotine-replacement group received a three-month supply of the product of their choice, costing about $159.

So, might encouraging smokers to rely on e-cigarettes to help kick their habit raise the risk that quitters just end up swapping out one form of nicotine addiction for another? The researchers said one reason e-cigarettes were found to be more effective may be that they allow for better tuning of nicotine doses to individual needs.

"These findings strengthen the rationale for aggressive regulation of youth access to and marketing of e-cigarettes to achieve future decreases in the prevalence of cigarette use among youths", they said.

"This landmark research shows that switching to an e-cigarette can be one of the most effective ways to quit smoking, especially when combined with face-to-face support", Martin Dockrell, head of the Tobacco Control division at Public Health England, said in a statement.

Those who reported using a tobacco product in the three years of surveys were asked which of 12 products they had "tried first", including traditional cigarettes, cigars, pipes, hookahs, chewing tobacco, snus and e-cigarettes.

For one, the United Kingdom has already been pretty welcoming to the idea of e-cigarette use as a cessation tool.

'E-cigarette vapour contains many toxins and exerts potentially adverse biologic effects on human cells. although toxin levels and biologic effects are generally lower than those of tobacco smoke'.

"It is a fundamental mistake to think that all e-cigarettes are alike, " Myers said.

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