Vaping is effective for quitting smoking
National Health Services (NHS) conducted a controlled trial in which participants were randomly assigned to varying nicotine replacement therapy (NRT) products (patches, gums, etc), or e-cigarettes, plus one to one support for a minimum of 4 weeks. After one year 18% of e-cigarette users had stopped smoking compared to 9.9% of NRT users. The trial concluded that vaping is nearly twice as effective as the leading NRT products. The study was published in the New England Journal of Medicine and British Medical Journal and has been substantiated by peer-review.
Columbia University Mailman School of Public Health and the Rutgers School of Public Health conducted a study which concluded 50% of daily vapers have successfully quit smoking permanently. The research also concluded that only 28% of smokers have quit long term through other cessation methods. Smokers who did not vape consistently and only vaped “some days” were least likely to quit smoking (12.1%).
The study concluded, “Among those with a recent history of smoking, daily e-cigarette use was the strongest correlate of being quit at the time of the survey, suggesting that some smokers may have quit with frequent e-cigarette use or are using the products regularly to prevent smoking relapse. However, the low prevalence of cessation among infrequent e-cigarette users highlights the need to better understand this subgroup, including the individual factors and/or product characteristics that may inhibit cessation.”
The UK attributes 1.5 million people’s success quitting smoking to vaping. “An estimated 2.9 million adults in Great Britain currently use e-cigarettes and of these, 1.5 million people have completely stopped smoking cigarettes. They carry a fraction of the risk of cigarettes and can be particularly effective when combined with extra quitting support,” National Health Services, UK.
An international review, produced by Cochrane, a global network of independent researchers, has reviewed 50 of the best studies on vaping’s efficacy. The review found that smokers who used vaping to quit were more likely to be successful. The results showed vaping to be 70% more effective than any other nicotine replacement therapy. Many researchers have stated they believe the Cochrane review is the nail in the coffin to end the debate of vaping’s effectiveness for quitting smoking.