E-cigarettes help people quit smoking according to new study

E-cigarettes help people quit smoking according to new study

February 4th, 2019

A yearlong study published in the New England Journal of Medicine found that vapor products were twice as successful at helping people quit.

Ask many a vaper, and they’ll tell you that vaping helped them stop smoking. But any real evidence was hard to find. It was mostly word of mouth and stories found on online message boards and social media. But now there is hard, scientific evidence that vapor products help people give up cigarettes.

In a study published Wednesday, January 30th in the New England Journal of Medicine, people that used e-cigarettes were twice as likely to have stayed away from smoking. The study put vaping up against traditional methods of quitting like nicotine patches and gum.

Clinical trials took place between May 2015 and February 2018. 886 people were randomly assigned the use of traditional methods or vapor products. The vaping devices used were refillable and the liquid given was 18 milligrams of nicotine per milliliter. “A total of 886 participants underwent randomization. The 1-year abstinence rate was 18.0% in the e-cigarette group, as compared with 9.9% in the nicotine-replacement group.” You can view the article here.

The study confirms what many of us have viewed and experienced but having such a highly regarded and established institution as the New England Journal of Medicine publish a paper on the subject, provides real legitimacy to the arguments that have been made for years.

The study took place in the UK, where the British government has been a leader in embracing potential tools to help people quit. State run healthcare has seen the financial and health benefits of helping its residents quit smoking for a long time.

Both the American Heart Association and The American Cancer Society have said that e-cigarettes are an accepted tool to help people quit smoking, but haven’t given it their full backing and support.

“After watching vapor products take a public beating over the past several years from the likes of special interest groups, fear mongering media outlets and even government officials, it’s nice to see some honesty coming from respected scientific bodies. We’ve been saying for years that vapor products in particular could have the greatest impact on public health of anything we’ve seen in decades and perhaps this will be the beginning of a shift in public perception.”

- Rodney Jerabek
Founder / CEO of Five Pawns LLC