A new medical study shows that switching to e-cigarettes as a cessation aid for smokers makes you far less likely to go back to tobacco.
The study was published in the British Medical Journal and examined vapers, smokers and double users for a period of two years. The goal was to see how effective e-cigarettes were in keeping people off cigarettes for longer periods.
Switching to e-cigarettes compared to “cold turkey”
Of the e-cigarette users, 61.1 percent remained abstinent from tobacco. This number drops drastically for those quitting “cold turkey”; just 23.1 percent were successful without the help of e-cigarettes. For dual users, the number was 26.0 percent.
The study concludes that using e-cigarettes as a cessation aid may prevent smokers from relapsing back to cigarettes.
Another study, published in Addiction and performed by Professor Robert West, clearly states that e-cigarettes save lives. An impressing 900.000 Brits used e-cigarettes to quit smoking in 2014 and the number increases every year.
Previous research in this area has found that using e-cigarettes to quit smoking increases the chances of success by around 50 percent compared with using nicotine gum or patches.
The study in Addiction concluded that:
“…those who use e-cigarettes are more likely to report continued abstinence than those who used a licensed nicotine replacement therapy product…”
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