Ever since e-cigarettes were introduced to the market and got really popular, there has been a heated debate about their influence on smoker’s health. Although most of the health researchers agree that they are definitely less harmful than regular cigarettes. New research published in the New England Journal of Medicine points out its positive use, when it comes to quitting smoking in general.
It seems that people who are ‘pro e-smoking’, are winning the battle right now. Research that has been published in New England Journal of Medicine indicates that people, who tried quitting smoking by using e-cigarettes rather than usual nicotine replacements were almost twice more likely to quit smoking. Frankly, I’d say that these results are quite ridiculous (in a good way), but let’s go over how this study was conducted.
Almost 900 smokers that had gone to ‘quit-smoking’ centers were randomly split in half and were treated with two different approaches. The first group was given three months worth of supplies such as nicotine patches or gums, accordingly to their preference. On the other hand, the second group was give a ‘vaper starter kit’, which contained a e-cigarette and some e-juices. Apart from that both of the groups had free weekly counselling in order to make the change in their lifes more likely. Also to truly know, whether they really quit smoking or not, all of the participants had their carbon monoxide level in breathing air, regularly checked.
Just in the first few weeks, there has been a noticeable change in the second group, most of the participants didn’t feel that urge to smoke a cigarette, they also weren’t so irritated and didn’t have any issues with focusing. This are some really good news, as these factors are concerned as hardest for smokers to overcome, when it comes to quitting.
This trial research was conducted for a year and by the end of it, they had some surprising results. It turned out that 10% of people in first group successfully quitted smoking, whereas in the second one the percentage came out to be 18%, which is quite shocking.
Although we can’t just talk about the positives of e-cigarettes. They are still hazardous for our health as they also contain harmful substances that can be found in regular cigarette smoke, but on lower levels. Moreover, in e-juice there are also high levels of nicotine which is really addictive. There was also research done in California, that indicated that average e-smoker consumes more nicotine than regular smokers.
As for now, according to multiple health organisations like FDA (US), e-cigarettes aren’t formally yet the ‘approved’ way to quit smoking. They are not regarded as ‘standard cessation treatment’. Although with other trials in the future like the one described in this article, this can change.
What’s your stance on e-cigarettes ? What do you think about this kind of treatment?
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