E Liquid vapers are more likely to quit smoking, when compared to the nicotine patch or gum.
Smokers that are trying to quite are 60% more likely to succeed when they switch to e-cigarettes with e liquid, rather than those that use nicotine product namely: nicotine patches or nicotine gum.
A study of approximately 6,000 smokers where studied over five years. The researchers state that e liquids play a vital role in reduced smoking and eventually cutting out tobacco related products. This would lead to a decline in tobacco related deaths and illnesses.
Tobacco is the number one contributor to cardiovascular diseases, and a common cause of lung cancer and other respiratory diseases.
Robert West from the University College of London’s epidemiology and public health department says that, “E-cigarettes could substantially improve public health because of their widespread appeal and the huge health gains associated with stopping smoking”.
The study was funded by the Cancer Research of UK and published in the journal Addiction. Robert West lead the study surveying 5,863 smokers between 2009 and 2014, who have tried to quite smoking without using medical prescriptions.
The study revealed that 20 percent of smokers were able to quit with the aid of e-cigarettes. Only 10.1 percent of smokers are able to quit with OTC aids, namely: nicotine patches or nicotine gum.
E liquid contains nicotine, the common stimulant correlated with traditional tobacco. It is known to be addicted, but extracted in pure form, it is then diluted into vegetable glycerin with flavors and vaped, rather than burnt in traditional combustible tobaccos.
E liquid and e-cigarettes are a new product and have become a hot topic. The public opinion of e liquids are divided. Some believe that e liquid are a powerful tool in quitting smoking, and others feel that e liquids are replacing one evil with another.
E-cigarettes still contain nicotine, so it does not resolve the issue of nicotine addiction. Some addiction specialist believe that e-cigarettes could end “the biggest public health threat the world has ever faced” – World Health Organization
The critics point the infancy of the e liquid and e-cigarette market. Saying that there has not been long term studies done on the safety of e liquids in e-cigarettes. Critics also fear that the flavors available in the market today may encourage non-smokers to start vaping.
Robert West does not deny that there has not been enough long-term studies on the events of e liquids, but says that the pros out way the cons of traditional tobacco.
“It’s not clear whether long-term use of e-cigarettes carries health risks, but from what is known about the contents of the vapour these will be much less than from smoking,” says Robert West.
Traditional tobacco kills 50 percent of all who are addicted to it, according to the World Health Organization; killing 6 million people a year.
Robert West points to the current evidence that smokers that use professional help from health clinics provide the highest success rates in quiting.
E liquids “almost triple a smoker’s odds of successfully quitting compared with going it alone or relying on over-the-counter products,” Robert West says.
More information on Robert West’s publication can be found here: http://www.addictionjournal.org/press-releases/e-cigarette-use-for-quitting-smoking-is-associated-with-improved-success-rates-