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E-cigarettes as a tool to quit smoking

Is it easier to quit smoking using e-cigarettes?

A look at a study

E-cigarettes have become a popular tool for smokers trying to quit, but a recent study published in the journal of preventive medicine suggests that their effectiveness may be limited.

The study, which surveyed a group of smokers trying to quit, found that e-cigarette users were as likely to report abstinence as those using no aid at all. However, they were less likely to report abstinence than those who used other methods such as nicotine patches.

While quitting cold turkey can be difficult, it is important to remember that it is possible and that there are resources available to help. Nicotine replacement therapy and other medications can be prescribed by a healthcare professional to help alleviate withdrawal symptoms, and counseling and support groups can provide additional help and support.

In conclusion, while e-cigarettes may be a useful tool for some smokers trying to quit, the study suggests they may not be as effective as other methods such as Nicotine patches or quitting cold turkey. Quitting smoking is a difficult journey, and it’s important to explore all options and speak with a healthcare professional to determine the best course of action.

A systematic review as a slightly different point

In contrast, there was also a systematic review and meta-analysis published in the journal Tobacco Control in 2018 found that e-cigarettes were more effective for smoking cessation than nicotine replacement therapy, and that e-cigarettes were as effective as prescription medications such as bupropion and varenicline.

This could indicate that further research is necessary, since it’s possible that the type of e-cigarettes being used, or even the frequency, might make a small difference.

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