Study Finds That E-Cigarettes Can Help People Quit Smoking
A study in the United Kingdom has found that e-cigarettes helped an extra 18,000 people quit smoking over the course of a year.
These are still early days in the e-cigarette revolution but they are already pretty much everywhere.
However, at this stage we still don’t exactly know how effective they are in quitting smoking and the potential side-effects they could provoke.
So while the health effects of vaping remain the source of huge debate and new studies are constantly being found for and against e-cigarette use, the latest research published in the British Medical Journal is a real boost for e-cigarettes.
Researchers at University College London studied 43,000 smokers over nine years, starting in 2006, and found that people using e-cigarettes were much more likely to successfully quit.
The number of smokers who quit increased by just under 1% for every 1% rise in e-cigarette smoking.
In fact researchers believe that e-cigarettes have helped an extra 18,000 people quit in Britain in 2015 compared to what would be expected just going cold turkey.
It’s worth noting that researchers said that e-cigarettes didn’t make more people try and quit, they just gave those already intending to kick the habit a better chance of succeeding.
“England is sometimes singled out as being too positive in its attitude to e-cigarettes. These data suggest that our relatively liberal regulation of e-cigarettes is probably justified,” study author professor Robert West of UCL told the Daily Mail.
Around 2.8 million people in the UK use e-cigarettes and in the U.S. it is believed that there are around 3 million regular vapers, but numbers are expected to increase, especially if there are more encouraging studies like these and a recent revelation that e-cigarette use reduces exposure to harmful chemicals almost as much as stopping entirely.
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A 40-year-old smoker who quits gains on average an extra nine years of life compared to if they carried on smoking, according to UCL.