E-cigarettes can help smokers to stop or reduce smoking 23rd July 2015 – Posted in: News – Tags: e-cigarettes, reduce smoking
Electronic cigarettes can help smokers to stop smoking or significantly reduce their consumption, according to new evidence published in the Cochrane Database of Systematic Reviews.
The review draws on data from two randomised trials and found that while nicotine-containing electronic cigarettes were more effective than a non-nicotine placebo in helping smokers to kick the habit.
Electronic cigarettes are used by many smokers and have been available for a number of years, with their popularity increasing substantially. Yet little has been known about how effective they are at helping people to stop, or their long-term effects.
The studies also show that using electronic cigarettes for up to two years causes no serious adverse health effects
“Electronic cigarettes have become popular with smokers who want to reduce the risk of smoking. None of the studies in this review found that smokers who used electronic cigarettes short-term (2 years or less) had an increased health risk compared to smokers who did not use electronic cigarettes. We did not find any evidence from observational studies that people who used electronic cigarettes at the same time as using regular cigarettes were less likely to quit smoking. Findings suggest electronic cigarettes with nicotine help people stop or reduce smoking when compared to electronic cigarettes without nicotine, but more studies are needed.”
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