E-cigarette success rate
I was stunned at how ecigs helped me to stop smoking when nothing
else did. This didn't happen over a period of time - my first ecig puff
signalled my last draw on a tobacco cigarette.
I remember saying to the helpful merchant who recommended the right kit
for me that every smoker in the world needed to know about these
Electronic cigarettes have been around for some years. The first
prototypes appeared between 1963 and 1967; then disappeared without ever
being commercially produced.
In 2004, they were launched on the Chinese market by another party
and have come a long way since then.
Ecigs are really only
just recently gaining popularity in countries such as Australia.
So just how good are they as an alternative to tobacco - i.e. how
many people who make the switch to vaping don't go back to smoking
cigarettes? What about formally recognised nicotine replacement therapies such as
nicotine chewing gum and patches?
Survey results in the American
Journal of Preventative Medicine revealed some very interesting
statistics regarding e-cigarettes.
31.0% of the 222 respondents who tried ecigs were still not smoking cigarettes
after 6 months. Some of these people were long term smokers who had
tried to quit unsuccessfully multiple times.
That figure is impressive, but even more so was the fact the respondents using e-cigarettes
more than 20 times per day had a quit rate of 70.0%.
Even better news - of those who had stayed off the smokes for 6 months; 34.3% were not using e-cigarettes or any nicotine-containing products
by that point. This is really encouraging for me as I don't want to stay
on ecigs for the rest of my life if possible.
These results are astounding compared to endorsed nicotine replacement therapies that are far more expensive (and far less
comfortable in my opinion). For example, a study on the effectiveness of
nicotine patches found just
8.2% had abstained from smoking after 24 weeks.
In a study of those using nicotine
chewing gum (also expensive), Only 7.7% of the prescribed gum group and 8.4% in the
over the counter gum group were not smoking at six months.
I had tried both patches and gum and failed spectacularly. In fact,
when using the gum, I wound up with a dual habit - cigarettes and gum - and it took me a good year just to kick the gum.
It's my personal belief that the failure in some countries to
recognise electronic cigarettes as a bona fide smoking cessation tool is
akin to signing the death warrant for many thousands of heavily addicted
smokers who could benefit from these devices.
If governments are really serious about getting people to quit smoking,
the sooner ecigs are properly researched and endorsed by these government authorities, the
better. It will mean better control over the industry, which will mean
even safer, better quality products for all of us.