E-cigarettes help smokers quit, says research

17th December 2014

Research announced today has confirmed what we at One-Lite have known for a long time – electronic cigarettes can help smokers quit or reduce the amount they smoke by as much as half.

The review also appears to undermine fears that vaping will encourage non-smokers to take up the habit.

The Cochrane Collaboration, the medical research group, says e-cigarettes help people who want to stop smoking.

Researchers from the UK and New Zealand analysed two previous randomised controlled trials on e-cigarettes’ role in quitting and concluded that they had beneficial effects.

Almost one in 10 (9%) smokers who used e-cigarettes containing nicotine gave up within a year, they found. That was more than double the 4% who managed to quit with the aid of nicotine-free vapourisers.

When the authors looked at smokers using e-cigarettes who had not quit they found that 36% of vaporiser users had halved their intake of cigarettes, compared with the 28% who did not despite being given a placebo.

Dr Aman Singh, director of One-Lite, said: “Our products have been developed by doctors and we have always believed e-cigarettes have a major role to play in helping smokers avoid the incredibly harmful effects of smoking tobacco. This latest research is very welcome and the conclusion that e-cigarettes can help people stop smoking can only help more and more tobacco smokers make the switch to an electronic alternative.”

Co-author Peter Hajek, a professor of clinical psychology at Queen Mary, University of London said:“Both trials used electronic cigarettes with low nicotine delivery and it is likely that more recent products are more effective, as previous research suggests that higher and faster nicotine delivery facilitates treatment effects.”

Ann McNeill, professor of tobacco addiction at the Institute of Psychiatry at King’s College London, said: “While the studies included were limited in number and used e-cigarettes which are now largely obsolete, the results are clear. E-cigarettes are helping smokers to quit or substantially cut down the number of cigarettes they smoke.”

Professor Robert West, editor-in-chief of the journal Addiction, said: “It’s early days but it seems that these devices are already helping tens of thousands of smokers to stop each year.”