E-cigarettes can help people quit

Out of all the methods available to smokers to help them to quit, I am not surprised that  e-cigarettes are popular. Nicotine patches, gum, and lozenges while very helpful, all lack one vital psychological ingredient. They don’t look like a cigarette, they don’t taste like a cigarette and they do not  involve inhaling and exhaling  the nicotine.  The beauty of an e-cigarette is that smokers  can reduce the amount of nicotine they are using while still enjoy the vaping experience. Once they have beaten their nicotine habit they can continue to vape with many nicotine free flavours available to them.

Another benefit that cannot be ignored is the money they will save. According to NZ Vapor, the sponsor of Whaleoil General debate and Whaleoil backchat, “vaping will save the smoker about 80% of smoking costs – you can vape full time for around $5-$7 a week (Based on 20 cigarettes a day)”

Paris (AFP) – E-cigarettes may have helped some 18,000 smokers in England kick the tobacco habit last year, according to research released Wednesday.

The survey-based study was not a clinical trial, which means the link between the use of nicotine delivery devices and the number of people who quit smoking is not iron clad.

Indeed, other research has challenged the idea that e-cigarettes are an effective substitute for tobacco, with some studies even suggesting they are a “gateway” to adolescent addiction.

But a team of scientists led by Emma Beard of University College London, along with experts not involved in the study, said the new evidence that “vaping” can help smokers stop was compelling.

“Successful quit attempts increased over the period of time that electronic cigarettes became popular,” commented Ann McNeill, an expert on tobacco addiction at King’s College London who did not take part in the research.

“In my view, smokers struggling to stop should try all possible methods, including e-cigarettes.”

…John Britton, director of the UK Centre for Tobacco and Alcohol Studies, welcomed the new findings, even as he called for more research.

A one-percent, year-on-year drop in adult smokers in Britain indicates that something is driving trends in the right direction, he said in a commentary, also in The BMJ.

“Successful quitting through substitution with e-cigarettes is one likely major contributor,” he wrote.

Another report on e-cigarettes in Britain, released at the same time, similarly concluded the devices may help smokers get the tobacco monkey off their backs.

The Cochrane Review — updated from 2014 — also found that there were no serious side effects associated with e-cigarette use.



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