Do You Want to Say Goodbye to Smoking? Consider Vaping
In the study, published in the New England Journal of Medicine, nearly 900 people who smoked and wanted to quit were split into two random groups. The first group received NRT (nicotine replacement therapy), which is mostly a combination of nicotine patches with drugs of shorter effect such as nicotine gum, inhalers or mouth sprays. The second group received an e-cigarette with a refilling function and one or two bottles of liquid to learn how to handle the device.
The participants in the e-cigarette group were motivated to buy more liquids with flavours and the nicotine strength of their choice. During the first month of the study, the two groups also received help and support.
Making the switch can be difficult, especially for long-term smokers. They often feel bad for quite some time and suffer from withdrawals. They are often irritable and have a bad mood. It is noticeable that the group using e-cigarettes noticed less of these specific symptoms compared to the group receiving the nicotine replacement therapy. They also said that e-cigarettes helped them and satisfied them. On the other hand, the participants found that e-cigarettes and NRT were not as satisfying as classic cigarettes.
The vaper could benefit from the advantages of the e-cigarette. At the end of this one-year study, the group that consumed e-cigarettes was nearly twice as abstinent as those using the NRT.
A Huge DifferenceAt the time the study began, participants in both groups used their substitutes almost daily. In the course of the study period, however, a big divergence became obvious. Around 40% of smokers who were assigned to the e-cigarette group still vaped after one year, whereas only 4% of the control group continued to use their replacement product with NRT treatment. In the e-cigarette group, the number of people who did not smoke for one year was 80%. Only 4% of NRT participants managed to stay smoke free for a year.
In both groups, there were also smokers who were not able to stop completely. But after all, there were participants in both groups who could reduce their tobacco use by at least 50%. However, their share was higher in the e-cigarette group (13%) compared to the NRT group (7%).
Could vaping have a negative impact on health when practiced over a long period of time? This question still needs to be answered. Scientists assume that the risk of vaporisation compared to smoking amounts to approximately 5%. In a study that ran for two years, no impact on health was found.
Many heavy smokers have succeeded in quitting their vice by vaping. Even former smokers who have been able to stop using NRT can reduce the risk of relapse by using e-cigarettes. The longer use of the e-cigarette also ensures that withdrawal symptoms are mitigated. So, the person affected is less irritated and does not gain so much weight.
Another aspect to consider is that some smokers actually like to smoke, and vaping can help them to continue experiencing this pleasure.
Of course, ex-smokers continue to consume the neurotoxin nicotine when they switch to e-cigarettes. However, nicotine does not have the biggest negative health effects. The most serious damage is caused by the chemicals released by the combustion of the tobacco. It appears that nicotine replacement products such as nicotine gums, nicotine sprays and nicotine patches have little or no long-term adverse health effects, but smoking can cause premature death in about half of smokers in their middle ages.
In order to obtain more accurate results and to assess the long-term effects of vaping on health, it is necessary to continue to observe the study’s participants. With the data on the long-term vapers, it is then possible to determine the consequences and the recidivism rate more accurately. Until then, doctors can advise their patients that there is evidence that vaping can help with smoking cessation.
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