A new study of almost 6,000 smokers over five years has shown that the use of electronic cigarettes will help you quit smoking. Smokers are 60 percent more likely to successfully quit smoking if they use electronic cigarettes vs. other nicotine products such as patches and gums, or cold turkey.
This finding shows that electronic cigarettes will reduce tobacco related deaths and illnesses dramatically when used by cigarette smokers looking to stop the tobacco habit. The use of electronic cigarettes will reduce lung cancer and other chronic respiratory diseases, and will reduce cardiovascular diseases, which is the number one killer in the world. People who quit smoking will reduce their chances of cardiovascular disease in half within one year of quitting smoking. Within five years of quitting smoking, the risk of cancer of the mouth, throat, and bladder. Within 2-5 years of quitting smoking the risk of stroke is reduced to that of a non-smoker.
Robert West of University College London’s epidemiology and public health department stated: “E-cigarettes could substantially improve public health because of their widespread appeal and the huge health gains associated with stopping smoking,” It was Robert who lead this study.
This huge 5 year study surveyed 5,863 smokers between 2009 and 2014 who have tried to quit smoking. Of those smokers, 20% of these successfully quit smoking with the aid of e-cigarettes compared with 10.1% of those using traditional nicotine replacements such as patches and gums.
Those against electronic cigarettes point to lack of long-term scientific evidence to show the safety of these devices, and also worry that e-cigarette use will become a more accepted practice, after spending many years reducing the use of traditional tobacco cigarettes. West agreed that the long term results are not there, however urges people to weigh them against the strong evidence we have on the harmful effects of tobacco smoke. He stated: “It’s not clear whether long-term use of e-cigarettes carries health risks, but from what is known about the contents of the vapour these will be much less than from smoking”.
Tobacco smoking kills half of the people who do it, and kills an estimated six million people each year, according to the World Heath Organization.