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Published On November 30, 2014 | By Nicole | About E-Cigarettes Articles

New study finds that it’s easier to quit smoking using E-cigs than it is with willpower alone

A recent study published in the International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health has given us some new and very remarkable evidence in support of the fact that E-cigs can indeed help tobacco cigarette users to kick their smoking habit.

In fact, this study seemed to show that E-cigs were more effective than willpower alone – lending even more credibility to the fact that E-cigs may definitely deserve a spot among other smoking cessation methods that are currently in use.

The study took 8 months to complete – which consisted of basically eight weeks of study with a 6-month follow up. 48 participants who were not planning on quitting their tobacco habit were recruited and divided up into three groups. Two of these groups were ‘experimental’ groups, while one was a control. The two experimental groups were given E-cigs and E-liquid with the option to use them, while the control group was asked not to use anything but tobacco cigarettes to stem their cravings. The mean age of the group of 43.71. 27 of them were female, and over 90% of them had started smoking before the age of 20. Those recruited smoked an average of 19 cigarettes per day.

(You can find the study itself here: http://www.mdpi.com/1660-4601/11/11/11220/htm)


 The Results

After only 2 months, researchers found that 34% of the experimental E-cig groups had actually stopped smoking cigarettes, as opposed to 0% of the control group. But after the 3rd month, the control group was given E-cigs and allowed to use them as well. After just 3 more months, this group showed a remarkable 38% quit rate – which was almost exactly the same as the quit rate among the experimental groups at that same time (37%).

In the published study, this conclusion was drawn by researchers…

“In a series of controlled lab sessions with e-cig naïve tobacco smokers, second generation e-cigs were shown to be immediately and highly effective in reducing abstinence induced cigarette craving and withdrawal symptoms, while not resulting in increases in eCO.”

(source: http://www.mdpi.com/1660-4601/11/11/11220/htm)

After the eight-month study was concluded, data showed that reductions in or complete abstinence from tobacco smoking were achieved in almost half (44%) of those involved.


 What Does This Mean?

This study was actually unique in the sense that it collected nearly the same types of data from both the experimental group and the control groups – which has surprisingly been a problem in some other E-cig studies. Furthermore, the fact that such a dramatic difference was shown in the control group after allowing them to use E-cigs makes it clear that E-cigs are much more effective than willpower alone.

Of course, this study didn’t compare E-cigs to other smoking cessation methods, like the patch or the gum – but it did compare E-cigs to ‘cold turkey’ cessation methods. According to this data, smokers are much more likely to be successful in quitting their tobacco habit if they use E-cigs as a means to control their abstinence-induced nicotine cravings instead of trying to do so through willpower alone.


 The Question Of Safety

One of the biggest problems that people have with E-cigs is the fact that they are basically unregulated. While most companies do report their ingredients, there are really no legal measures in place to make sure that companies are reporting everything accurately.

This is set to change in the next few years, of course… but until then, opponents of E-cigs will probably continue to doubt their safety and legitimacy, despite the fact that there hasn’t been any solid, concrete evidence of danger. Wording is always filled with terms like ‘could’, ‘may’, and ‘possibility’, though at this point it seems like E-cigs are definitely still considered safer than tobacco-filled cigarettes – even by those who don’t support them.

There is also the question of the short time-frame to consider. E-cigs are a relatively new invention, so there’s really no long-term data to pull from when it comes to examining how safe they might be for users who plan on vaping for 10, 20, or 30 years. Surprisingly, cigarettes were hailed as a ‘healthy’ habit when they first came out, and everyone was basically blindsided to learn later on that they could actually cause cancer.

Many people are afraid of the same thing happening with E-cigs, though to be completely fair we might say that E-cigs are a little bit different. For one, we know more in general about science and medicinal risks now, due to our technological advancement and increasing understanding of our bodies and the world around us.

It might be fair to assume that we would have seen some more serious negative evidence by now if E-cigs were indeed dangerous.

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