E-cigarettes Help Smokers Quit Their Addiction Successfully- Study

A number of studies have sought to assess the impact of e-cigarettes and their liquid ingredients on public health, with conflicting results.

Earlier this year in February a study by University of Louisville scientists revealed that electronic cigarettes or e-cigs which are usually considered as a safer and healthier alternative to conventional cigarettes, are not actually as healthy and safe as they are perceived.

Conversely, in July this year itself, a study by a team of US, Canadian and Australian scientists revealed health benefits of vaping, suggesting the battery operated vaping device could reduce the number of teenagers dying from smoking-related diseases.

Now there’s a new study in the United Kingdom showing the health benefits of e-cigs, suggesting vaping might help smokers kick the habit, with minimal side-effects.

The observational study by researchers from University College London (UCL) and Cancer Research U.K. found that electronic cigarettes are helping thousands of people quit lighting up.

As per findings from the study, e-cigarettes may have helped about 18,000 individuals in England successfully give up smoking in 2015.

The research team at the UCL Health Behaviour Research Centre came to their conclusions after analyzing data from the Smoking Toolkit study and the English National Health Service’s stop smoking services, which provides people looking to quit with various types of help, including providing patches, prescription drugs and general support.

According to the researchers, as the use of e-cigarettes increased, the number of people who successfully kicked the habit last year in England increased too.

“E-cigarettes can play a role in helping people quit and the evidence so far shows e-cigarettes are much safer than tobacco,” Alison Cox, director of cancer prevention at Cancer Research UK, said. “This study shows the positive impact they’ve had on helping people give up the deadly addiction.”
For the study, researchers analyzed data on 170,490 people over age 16 who reported their smoking status quarterly from 2006 to 2015. They found that people using e-cigarettes were much more likely to successfully get rid of their smoking habit.

During the course of the study, the number of smokers who quit increased by just under 1% ( 0.098%) for every 1% rise in e-cigarette use. In fact researchers believe that vaping has helped an extra 18,000 Brits kick the habit in 2015.

“England is sometimes singled out as being too positive in its attitude to e-cigarettes,” said Robert West, a professor at University College London’s Health Behavior Research Center. “These data suggest that our relatively liberal regulation of e-cigarettes is probably justified.”

This research is published in the British Medical Journal.