Cigs More Effective Than Patches To Stop Smoking

Desiree Burns
February 3, 2019

The American Lung Association still recommends FDA approved methods of quitting smoking. Randomized trials are usually used to test drugs meant to treat specific conditions.

The researchers didn't test e-cigarettes against new drugs such as Pfizer's Chantix, which has shown higher rates of success than older nicotine-based treatments.

Ian Armitage was skeptical about e-cigarettes as a way to stop smoking, saying he tried vaping several years ago but gave it up after experiencing twitching and shakes from nicotine withdrawal.

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The study period was prior to the popularity of Juul, which is "a stronger product", he said.

When researchers checked back after a year, they found that 80 percent of e-cigarette users who had managed to steer clear of combustible cigarettes were still vaping regularly.

Przulj is a research health psychologist with the Health and Lifestyles Research Unit at Queen Mary University of London.

The study was funded by the National Institute for Health Research and Cancer Research UK.

The trial divided 886 smokers into two groups. The subjects in the NRT group were free to choose nicotine patches, gum, lozenges, nasal spray, inhalers, mouth spray, mouth strips, or microtabs.

"Adult use may not only expose children to e-cigarette vapor but also models addictive behavior", and boosts the risk that kids will take up combustible cigarettes themselves one day, the editorial said. Both groups had in-person counseling sessions weekly for the first month.

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Despite being strongly promoted as quitting aids, much controversy still surrounds the effectiveness and safety of e-cigarettes.

The vaping group had less intense cigarette cravings.

Annalisa Rogers, Director of the Smoking and Health Action Coalition of Monroe County says there is still a lot of research that needs to be done before they can recommend people to vape. Nicotine is a separate issue - if it's an issue at all.

In addition, e-cigarette users experienced less severe urges to smoke, one and four weeks after quitting.

In 2015, the government's public health agency, Public Health England, endorsed an independent report that found e-cigarettes were significantly less harmful than tobacco cigarettes and should be embraced as a way to help smokers quit. The participants also received behavioral support to stop smoking.

A lot of experts and health professionals agree that e-cigs expose you to fewer toxic chemicals than traditional cigarettes.

That might not seem like a huge success rate, but it's notoriously hard to quit smoking. There is no reason to believe that many won't.

They said staff at stop-smoking services have been too reluctant to endorse e-cigarettes, because they have been cautious about the evidence behind them.

In a reverse analysis, the researchers behind the study also found an association between cigarette smoking and subsequent use of e-cigarettes, "suggesting that e-cigarettes may divert smokers toward e-cigarettes in some youths" while increasing the alternative risk of cigarette initiation among others who initially used e-cigarettes.

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