Study Finds Link between E Cigarette Use and Smoking Cessation
A recent press release in Addiction Journal published the findings of University College London’s (UCL) latest smoker survey in which they discovered electronic cigarettes have nearly a 60% success rate when used to quit smoking. These innovative devices are more successful than any over-the-counter nicotine replacement alternatives or therapies. This also includes smokers who attempted to quit by simply going cold turkey or using self-discipline strategies as well.
E-cigarettes could substantially improve public health because of their widespread appeal and the huge health gains associated with stopping smoking
UCL surveyed 5,863 smokers for 5 years, all of whom had attempted to quit smoking without the support of professional assistance or prescription smoking cessation medication. Interestingly, during the study 20% of the surveyed participants that used e-cigarettes to quit smoking had successfully stopped using traditional cigarettes. Senior author of the study, Professor Robert West, (UCL’s Department of Epidemiology & Public Health) stated, “E-cigarettes could substantially improve public health because of their widespread appeal and the huge health gains associated with stopping smoking”. Professor West also declared that when smokers take advantage of the NHS (National Health Services) “stop-smoking services”, their chances of successfully quitting is essentially tripled.
England’s number of smokers is beginning to decrease, and more people are choosing to quit considering there are so many more options available to them today. It’s much easier for people to make the healthier transition away from analog cigarettes to e-cigs now, especially considering the major advancements in the technology of the devices. Additionally, for all those “anti-vapers” out there that worry about nonsmokers picking up the habit of e-cigarette use or “re-normalizing” smoking, research shows no significant link and minor cause for alarm.
To read the complete article go to: http://www.addictionjournal.org/press-releases/e-cigarette-use-for-quitting-smoking-is-associated-with-improved-success-rates-