The results of a study conducted over a year by teams from: Queen Mary University of London, Kings College London, London South Bank University, the University of York, Leicester City Council and Roswel Park Comprehensive Cancer Center in the US, comparing the effectiveness of vaping versus other NRT (Nicotine Replacement Therapy) options such as sprays, chewing gum, and patches have been released in the New England Journal of Medicine.
The study carried out a trial with 886 smokers who sought help quitting cigarettes through the NHS in the UK. They randomly selected smokers from this group, using a tried and tested research method, with some using e-cigarettes, and some using NRT options or a combination of NRT options.
The group using e-cigarettes were provided with a refillable starter kit, and a bottle of liquid, and instructed to buy their own refills. The group using NRT were provide with 3 months worth of gum/sprays/patches and given instructions on the use of long-term and short-term options within this.
After a year, a survey was then conducted which showed that:
- 18% of users assigned vaping were total non-smokers, 80% of which were still using them
- 9.9% of users assigned NRT were total non-smokers, 9% of which were still using them.
According to the NHS this represents an 83% increased chance of stopping smoking using e-cigarettes in comparison with other NRT options.
They also said that very little adverse reactions were found;
- 65% of e-cigarette users and 51% of NRT users reported having mouth or throat irritation. (Dry mouth or throat is common with vaping and can generally be alleviated by water)
- But also 38% of NRT users reported feeling sick, whereas 31% of e-cigarette users reported this.
Lastly, users assigned vaping also reported less severe urges to smoke in comparison with other NRT options.
These results provide yet again more fantastic news for existing and potential users of e-cigarettes.
One important note in the article is that both groups were provided with 4 weeks of professional support. While we do not have the Irish equivalent of the NHS providing support in any capacity in Ireland, we would like to assure all of our customers that if you ever have any questions or queries, to please get in touch with us via firstname.lastname@example.org, our social media, or by calling into any of our nationwide stores.