A recent study by health professionals has stated that e-cigarettes are almost twice as effective as other nicotine replacement therapies (NRT) which includes gum, lozenges, patches, inhalers and spray.

Health officials trialled 886 smokers, some were given NRT’s of their choice while others were given an e-cigarette device and e-liquid.

The research found that e-cigarette users experienced less urges to smoke and less irritability, restlessness and poor concentration within the first week.

One year after the trial health professionals found that 18% of e-cigarette users had kicked the habit while only 9.9% of those using NRT’s had successfully quit. This has since been published in the New England Journal of Medicine.

Lead researcher Professor Peter Hajek from Queen Mary University of London, said: “E-cigarettes were almost twice as effective as the gold standard combination of nicotine replacement products.”

In the last year Public Health England, NHS, ASH, Cancer Research and the Royal Society of Public Health have all shown support for e-cigarette devices. This support was generated from a report by Public Health England which found e-cigarette devices to be 95% less harmful than traditional cigarettes.

Despite the rising support, health professionals have been reluctant to recommend the devices due to a lack of research. The results from this trial plus further research from officials could be the turning point for the vaping industry.

Martin Dockrell from Public Health England said: “This is landmark research that shows that switching to an e-cigarette can be one of the most effective ways to quit smoking.”

Currently, e-cigarettes aren’t available on the NHS, however, Public Health England has called for them to be made available on the NHS within the next five years. This research could be the catalyst for making this happen.

Dockrell went on to say: “All stop smoking services should welcome smokers who want to quit with the help of an e-cigarette.”

In the last year, many reports have found e-cigarettes to be a less harmful alternative, with this study further supporting this.

Here is what we know so far:

  • E-cigarettes carry 97% less cancer-causing chemicals – Cancer Research UK
  • Around 2.9 million people vape in the UK with 1.5 million of these being exclusive vapers – ASH
  • Vape shops are a healthy addition to the high-street due to an estimated 22,000 people or more using e-cigarettes to quit smoking each year – Royal Society of Public Health
  • E-cigarettes are 95% less harmful than traditional cigarettes – Public Health England

These researched statistics have encouraged government officials to support and promote e-cigarette devices. MPs are lobbying the government to relax the laws around vaping and reduce the link to the devices with traditional cigarettes. MPs are urging businesses to become more accepting of the devices in a bid to encourage the switch and reduce the number of people smoking cigarettes. With this, they want public places such as bars, train and bus stations etc. to also welcome the devices.

This recent study is a huge turning point that shows the effectiveness of e-cigarette devices. For now, we wait to see how this study will be interpreted and if the changes the industry needs will come to light.

What are your thoughts about this recent study?