Two new studies published this week suggest that e-cigarettes can help long-term smokers to stop smoking.
Scientists from University College London’s Health Research Centre this week published a report, in the British Medical Journal, which estimated that 18,000 long-term smokers in the UK gave up using tobacco-based products last year by switching to e-cigarettes.
Separately, the Cochrane Review, an independent scientific network, released its analysis of all research about e-cigarettes published so far — a total of 24 studies – and concluded that e-cigarettes help smokers give up tobacco by providing nicotine for inhalation in a vapour that is far less hazardous than cigarette smoke. Jamie Hartmann-Boyce, of the Cochrane Tobacco Addiction Group, said that none of the 24 studies into e-cigarettes “detected any serious side-effects”.
An expert independent evidence review carried out by Public Health England (PHE) last summer concluded that the best estimate is that e-cigarettes are around 95% less harmful than smoking. It also found that of the then 2.6 million adults using e-cigarettes in the UK were current or ex-smokers, most of whom used the devices to help them quit smoking or to prevent them going back to cigarettes.
Jeff Beadsworth, multiCIG’s product development manager, said: “E-cigarettes are now the most popular smoking cessation aid used by UK adults looking to switch to a less harmful alternative.
“These two new studies not only provide further evidence of the benefits of moving away from traditional tobacco-based smoking products, but also that e-cigarette use is not undermining attempts by smokers to quit.
“We also welcome both the product testing and case study which an American university is preforming into the prolonged use of vaping products such as e-liquid and their associated delivery systems. A study of this nature will go a long way help reduce the stigma surrounding our industry at present.”