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E-Cigarettes Can Help Break The Habit of a Lifetime
Conclusions in two recent studies have solidified the claims that electronic cigarettes can help smokers leave traditional cigarettes behind and offered further evidence that vaping is not a gateway into real cigarette smoking.
The first study by Belgian scientists from the universities of Leuven and Antwerp, led by Prof. Frank Baeyens, set out to investigate the effectiveness of electronic cigarettes as a ‘quit-smoking aid’. The experiment split 48 smokers into three groups and each group endured 3 lab sessions over an 8-month period.
In between each lab session Groups 1 and 2 could smoke or vape at will but Group 3 could only smoke. Following the final lab session (after 5 months) Group 3 was also given electronic cigarettes to trial.
Up to 6 months following the trial, participants were asked to respond to questionnaires detailing their experiences, both good and bad, of e-cigarettes.
Results showed that:
Whilst the scientific group acknowledge that further studies have to be conducted with larger numbers of participants, Prof. Frank Baeyens has highlighted that the study showed:
“Remarkable eight month reductions in or complete abstinence from tobacco smoking was achieved with the e-cigarette in almost half of the participants.”
The conclusions showed dramatic results compared to previous tests with other smoking cessation aids such as patches or gums.
Office for National Statistics (ONS) says Gateway Fears Unfounded
Their study concluded that users of electronic cigarettes are almost entirely current or former smokers, and the overall proportion of adult smokers has fallen over the last three decades.The ONS has concluded from their recent findings that concerns that e-cigarettes might lead to people smoking are unfounded.
The UK smoking population fell from 46% in 1974 to 19% in 2013. Their survey found that over half of e-cigarette users had started vaping to help quit smoking. Only 0.14% of users had not smoked previously.
Professor Kevin Fenton, National Director of Health & Wellbeing at Public Health England commented:
“Balanced and effective regulation of e-cigarettes will help manage the risks and maximize the potential for these products to replace smoking – greatly reducing smoking related disease that kills nearly 80,000 people in England every year.”
Studies such as these are increasingly showing how useful and beneficial electronic cigarettes are in the fight against tobacco. purplebox vapours looks forward to considered, proportionate and sensible regulation from the Irish Government to ensure standards remain high amongst suppliers in the industry.
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The evidence is mounting that vaping and electronic cigarettes are having a hugely positive effect on society. purplebox vapours highlights three recent studies on electronic cigarettes by:
"If we don’t embrace electronic cigarettes we are condemning people to death who otherwise would have lived", says Professor West.
Is it time the Department of Health listened to the real facts. Excuses for ignoring the data do not wash any more.