People who use electronic cigarettes on a daily basis may find it easier to quit smoking, according to a new study.
When compared to alternative methods of quitting, such as medication or nicotine replacement therapy, the study gives greater data that supports its effectiveness.
Tobacco use is remains the leading preventable cause of death and disease in England, notwithstanding a recent decline in the country’s smoker population. Approximately 75,000 individuals are estimated to die in England in 2019 as a result of smoking.
It has been more than a decade since electronic cigarettes first hit the market, but we still don’t have enough information to know whether they are effective at helping users stop smoking. Recently conducted research has produced findings that are contradictory with one another or fail to quantify crucial criteria like the frequency of use or the impact of different e-cigarettes on attempts to quit smoking.
Between 2012 and 2017, five data sets were collected. It was determined that e-cigarettes could help people stop smoking for at least a month during follow-up, and that they could also help those people stay abstinent for at least a month between follow-up surveys.
One research published in the journal Addiction found that those who stopped smoking using a refillable electronic cigarette had five times the chance of being tobacco-free for a month than those who did not use any assistance at all to quit smoking.
It was three times more likely for people to stop smoking for one month with the use of an electronic cigarette with a disposable cartridge or cartridges compared to those who used no assistance.
In comparison to other methods of quitting smoking, everyday use of electronic cigarettes has been demonstrated to be more helpful. Nicotine replacement therapy and medications like bupropion and varenicline are just a few of the options available. Participants who received any of these interventions were no more likely to stop smoking than those who received no help at all throughout the follow-up period. On the other hand, a secondary investigation indicated that prescription medicine was linked to a one-month smoking cessation rate.