E-cigarettes seem to be effective to the same extent that nicotine patches are in assisting individuals to quit smoking, as research suggests. These gadgets are growing rapidly in popularity and generate some vapour which contains nicotine.
These findings were presented at European Respiratory Society and showed there were similar numbers that quit using electronic cigarettes as there were patches, though a larger number had in fact cut down. Even then a call was made for long-term safety data.
The electronic cigarettes give some nicotine hit, apart from mimicking sensory sensations associated with smoking. It has occasioned speculation they could be useful in helping people who are keen to quit smoking. A team from New Zealand’s University of Auckland carried out clinical trial for the first time, comparing gadgets having nicotine patches in a total of 657 individuals.
Results published in Lancet indicated 7.3 percent using e-cigars quit after a period of six months, as opposed to 5.8 percent who used patches. Even then the study failed to involve sufficient number of individuals to prove definitively which one was the better alternative.
The main message against the background of basic support is that e-cigarettes at least are equally effective as patches of nicotine, according to Queen Mary University of London’s Professor Peter Hajek. However, after six months, 57 percent of users of electronic cigarettes had reduced by half number of the cigarettes they smoked every day, in comparison to 41 percent of those utilising patches.
University of Auckland’s Professor Chris Bullen, stated that results did not indicate any draw sharp distinctions in-between patches and e-cigarettes in ‘quit success’ terms after a period of six months. He cited that it seemed e-cigarettes were for certain more useful in assisting smokers who did not quit cut down.
It also is interesting noting as well those individuals who participated in the study appeared much more passionate regarding using electronic cigarettes compared to patches. Given that these devices were increasingly popular in a good number of countries and the regulatory inconsistency and uncertainty which accompanied them, it proved needful doing trials of larger and longer-term nature. These are necessary for establishing if these gadgets may fulfill their potential with same thoroughness as popular and effective aids for smoking cessation.
Global regulations are eventually catching up with popularity surge of electronic cigarettes. The UK and EU both are working towards regulation of e-cigarettes same as for medicines. These products as well lead to divided opinions, where some hold they make smoking a normalcy while others claim they could aid people to quit the habit. Director of Tobacco Dependence Research Unit, Professor Peter Hajek of Queen Mary University of London, termed the research work as “pioneering”.
He states the primary message is that e-cigarettes and nicotine patches are equally effective within minimum-support context. The researcher indicates for many smokers, the E-cigarettes are more attractive too, compared to patches and may be accessed in majority of countries without restrictions similar to those of medicines applying to the nicotine replacement treatment or expensive involvement of professionals in health care.
Such gains suggest that electronic cigarettes have potential of increasing smoking cessation-rates and reducing costs to both quitters and health services. Even then, he called for studies of longer term into consequences of employing the gadgets. You may hear more information from Professor Chris Bullen courtesy of Discovery on BBC World Service.