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Vaping more effective than nicotine patches at helping smokers quit

Vaping more effective than nicotine patches at helping smokers quit

And most importantly, at every point of the study, these users were more likely to have abstained completely from smoking cigarettes.

They said staff at stop-smoking services have been too reluctant to endorse e-cigarettes, because they have been cautious about the evidence behind them.

There has been some opposition to the idea of vaping to quit smoking.

A randomized trial reported in 2013 found that e-cigarettes were slightly more effective than nicotine patches: The six-month quit rate for vapers was 7.3 percent, compared to 5.8 percent for patch users.

Vaping skeptics question the efficacy of e-cigarettes for smoking cessation, often citing the lack of clinical trials proving a benefit to smokers.

"E-cigarettes were more effective for smoking cessation than nicotine-replacement therapy, when both products were accompanied by behavioral support", the researchers wrote in their study, which was published on January 30.

In the British study group, a total of 79 smokers were enrolled in an "e-cig group" and given a refillable e-cigarette to use.

No other product has ever shown such potential to be a gateway for smoking, the researchers concluded.

In fact, "doctors should encourage any smokers to try e-cigarettes", Przulj suggested, "especially if they have tried other methods before and these have not been helpful".

While nicotine plays a part, Stokes thinks the influence of vaping is "more complex than just nicotine".

'E-cigarettes were nearly twice as effective as the "gold standard" combination of nicotine replacement products. "It does not support the unlimited availability of e-cigarettes".




Prof Hajek said he hoped the results of the study would lead to stop-smoking services offering quitters an e-cigarette starter pack and guidance on how to vape, after which they could pay for their own supplies.

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

The New York Times reports that a yearlong, randomized trial conducted in the UK shows that e-cigarettes are almost twice as effective as smoking cessation products like patches or gum, which in the United States are the only two smoking cessation products approved by the FDA. And they're similarly on board with the latest findings.

E-cigarettes are nearly twice more effective at helping smokers to quit than traditional methods, according to new research.

'All stop smoking services should welcome smokers who want to quit with the help of an e-cigarette'. Those devices have largely been overtaken in the U.S.by Juul and similar devices that have prefilled nicotine cartridges, or pods.

E-cigarettes have no tobacco, but contain nicotine-laced liquids that the user inhales in a vapor.

The researchers added that the reasons e-cigarettes were found to be more effective could be because of better tailoring of nicotine dose.

Some states, including Vermont, are even floating bills to ban the sale of flavored products altogether.

"There is substantial evidence that they are less harmful than traditional cigarettes, but that doesn't mean they are not harmful". Even in the current study, roughly 80 per cent of people were still regularly vaping by the end of the year. The researchers aimed to examine how cigarette use among the sample of 6123 respondents changed by the 2015 to 2016 interval in association with prior use of e-cigarettes, other tobacco products or no prior tobacco use at all. But it very well might be a price worth paying.

Despite all this, there's something about either e-cigarettes or the experience of vaping that appears to open the doorway for these particular kids, making them more likely to light up in the future, Stokes said.

Despite the impressive findings, Levy and the other experts Gizmodo spoke to said more research is still needed in the US and elsewhere, using newer devices, before doctors here can wholeheartedly endorse vaping as a superior cessation aid over the standard treatment (likely with regular counseling to boot).