What happens when you quit smoking and start vaping? While the answer to this question varies for everyone, this new study has shown that the use of e-cigs has proven to be more effective than other nicotine replacement therapies (NRTs) for those quitting combustible cigarettes. So, if you haven’t already, toss aside those nicotine patches and gum and get yourself a reliable e-cig device to put an end to smoking for good.
The Cochrane report, titled “Electronic cigarettes for smoking cessation” concluded that there was a high certainty that smokers who used e-cigs were able to stop smoking completely after six months when compared to those who used other nicotine replacement therapies. Also, matching the appropriate nicotine intake from your smoking experience to your vaping experience naturally, led to higher quit rates.
What were the results?
What happens when you quit smoking and start vaping? While the long-term effects of vaping are still unknown, the report results showed that it did not detect any evidence of serious harm from the use of nicotine e-cigs when used to quit smoking. This means that when e-cigs are used as a smoking cessation aid, you have the option to lower your nicotine intake over time and better your health right away by removing tobacco from your life.
Data from the review showed that while 6 in 100 people quit smoking combustible cigarettes by using a nicotine replacement therapy, 8 to 12 successfully quit by using e-cigs. Those who replaced combustible cigarettes with e-cigs, reduced their smoking by about half within 24 weeks, which also reduced their exposure to harmful toxins associated with tobacco smoke.
New e-cigs are becoming better with nicotine delivery than earlier models and are assisting more people in quitting smoking.
What’s the Cochrane report?
The Cochrane report is an international network with headquarters in the United Kingdom. Its members are comprised of researchers, health professionals, patients, and people who are passionate about health. The network has completed 78 studies, representing 22,052 subjects from numerous countries around the world.
“Electronic cigarettes have generated a lot of misunderstanding in both the public health community and the popular press since their introduction over a decade ago. These misunderstandings discourage some people from using e-cigarettes as a stop-smoking tool. Fortunately, more and more evidence is emerging and provides further clarity,” said Jamie Hartmann-Boyce, associate professor at the University of Oxford and the author of the report.
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