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The Evidence: Do E-Cigarettes Help Smokers Quit?

April 02, 2016

The Evidence: Do E-Cigarettes Help Smokers Quit?

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Here is an excerpt from the full article found here

Note: Ecigarettes have still not been approved by the Australian Therapeutic Goods Administration as a method to quit smoking, although the UK Royal Commission has stated that the are THE MOST EFFECTIVE METHOD!

The Evidence: Do E-Cigarettes Help Smokers Quit?

So what does the evidence say? Does vaping help smokers quit? On the whole, the answer is a definite yes.

The Cochrane review of the evidence on vaping for quitting smoking really sums up the issue quite well. After looking at all of the studies available (at the time the review was written, at least), the researchers concluded that e-cigarettes are effective for helping smokers quit, but more studies are needed to precisely quantify how much they help smokers and whether or not they’re more effective than patches and gums. However, the evidence covered in the review does suggest that vaping increases quit-rates in comparison to patches, and that vapers are more likely than patch users to cut down the amount they smoked.

There are some other recent studies that add to this evidence-base. One example found that daily users of e-cigs with tanks – i.e. second or third-generation models – were around 2.7 times more likely to have quit than non-vapers. Another recent finding from the UK shows that, among those going to a stop smoking service, users of “unlicensed nicotine containing products” (translation: e-cigs) had the highest quit-rates after a month in comparison to other approaches.

If you’re interesting in reading more, the evidence is well-summarized in pages 29 to 31 of the (UK) National Centre for Smoking Cessation and Training’s e-cigarette briefing for stop-smoking services. In a nutshell, the evidence is fairly unanimous in suggesting that e-cigarettes help smokers quit.

But what about that meta-analysis that found that vaping actually reduces your odds of quitting? The short explanation is: junk in, junk out. Stanton Glantz’s analysis included many studies which didn’t even assess whether or not e-cigs were effective for smokers actually trying to quit by vaping, so the negative conclusion was pretty much guaranteed. It was heavily criticized by experts, and many great blog posts were written on it – by Clive Bates and Carl V. Phillips, for example – but the CliffsNotes version is that the analysis is highly misleading."

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