E-Cigarettes Are Equivalent to Nicotine Patches,
New Study Reveals
According to a recently published study in The Lancet, a medical journal, electronic
cigarettes can be as effective as nicotine patches to help you kick your old habit of
smoking. Researchers from New Zealand have also found that by providing nicotine
sans the other toxins carried by cigarette smoke, electronic cigarettes stand more or
less the same chance in the matter for smoking cessation, and the success rate for
both e-cigs and nicotine patches is more or less the same. Moreover, studies also
indicate that people who actually failed to quit smoking were still able to reduce their
tobacco cigarette consumption by a considerable degree. Read Detail Study Here.
Considering the growing popularity of electronic cigarettes in many different countries
and the air of inconsistency and uncertainty that still hangs around them – it has
really become important to put them under larger scale trials for a longer duration of
time. Among the 657 smokers who participated in a 13 day long program, comparing
the effect of nicotine patches and electronic cigarettes on them, 7.3% of candidates
provided with e-cig completely abstained from nicotine smoking during the period,
while the corresponding number is 5.8% for smokers provided with nicotine patches.
Now this is certainly good news for smokers who are contemplating about quitting it.
There were a few more interesting findings too. Among all participants, who didn’t
completely stop smoking, e-cig users cut down more on their tobacco consumption.
About 1 in every 3 e-cig smokers during the program was found to carry vaping,
while that is only 1 in every ten people who continued using a nicotine patch to
abstain from tobacco smoking. E-cig users are also found more likely to recommend
these products for other smokers than the patch users.
Though these findings always suggest that the e-cig is more effective in the
cessation of smoking habit than the other available methods, but still more elaborate
research is required to be conducted on them. The percentage of people trying out e-
cigs to get rid of their smoking habit is also increasing. With the availability of more
encouraging data these products can certainly play a big role in normalizing non-
smoking for supporting and promoting interest in public health.
In the U.S., where electronic cigarettes sell in the highest numbers, there continues
to be no regulation from the F.D.A., though plans are surely on the table. More
information concerned with long-term safety of electronic cigarettes is still need to be
conducted. If e-cigs have any probable effect on the heart or the lungs, it must be
found quickly, since vaping is certainly growing in popularity, and so far proves to be
a much better alternative to traditional tobacco smoke.