Many smokers find it extremely difficult to quit smoking.
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A new study from the University of Queensland, Australia, has found that e-cigarettes are even more effective at helping smokers quit smoking than either nicotine replacement therapy or placebo therapy.
According to the study’s lead author, Dr Gary Chan, e-cigarettes are 50% more effective than nicotine replacement therapy, and more than 100% more effective than placebo therapy.
Approved nicotine replacement therapies include nicotine patches, gum, lozenges, mouth spray, inhalators, and intranasal sprays. All these different methods are aimed at helping smokers quit smoking.
Why is it so effective?
Mainly, Dr Chan attributed the effectivess of e-cigarettes to how similar they are to smoking actual cigarettes.
Because e-cigs provide a similar behavioural and sensory experience as cigarettes, it is much more useful in alleviating withdrawal symptoms of quitting smoking.
Dr Chan notes that these results only add to mounting evidence globally that e-cigarettes are one of the best methods to help smokers quit.
E-cigarettes have the potential to accelerate the decline of cigarette smoking.Dr Chan
Even vapes help
In fact, vapes, a kind of e-cigarette, also helps smokers quit.
In a survey done by the Malaysian Vape Industry Advocacy (MVIA) in 2020, 88% of Malaysian vapers who used to smoke cigarettes manages to quit smoking for good after switching to vapes.
79% of all respondants who both vape and smoke cigarettes reported that they have reduced the amount of cigarettes smoked since they began vaping.
66% of only smokers noted that if they wanted to stop, they will switch to vapes.
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