Finding the best cessation aid to quit smoking can be difficult. Should you go for a vaporizer, try nicotine patches, fiddle with over-the-counter aids, or just quit cold turkey?
Choosing your cessation aid can be a long and arduous process, one that often depends on personal preference. However, when it comes to effectiveness, vaping has proven to offer a much higher rate of success than nicotine patches for smoking cessation aid.
Patches Vs. Vaping – Study Overview
Confirming evidence from many other studies around the world, the latest study hailing from Auckland, New Zealand, indicates that vaporizers are more effective as smoking cessation aides than nicotine patches.
The study titled Electronic cigarettes for smoking cessation: a randomised controlled trial, was published in The Lancet in November.
The research was conducted between Sept 6, 2011, and July 5, 2013, by recruiting 657 adult smokers who wanted to quit. 289 of the study participants were given nicotine containing vaping devices, 73 were given placebos (containing no nicotine), and 295 were given nicotine patches, from 1 week before quitting until 12 weeks afterward, whilst also being offered low-intensity support via telephone.
Vaping has a Higher Quitting Success Rate than Nicotine Patches
7.3% of the participants with vaping devices remained abstinent from smoking for the whole six months, as opposed to 5.8% of the patch group.
Researchers measured smoking abstinence success after a period of seven days, finding that 61 vape users (21%) had managed to not smoke, as opposed to 46 (15.6%) of the patch group.
The primary results were collected six months after the quitting date. The findings indicated that 21 of the participants with vaping devices, which equated to 7.3%, had been continuously abstinent from smoking for the whole six months as opposed to only 17 (5.8%), in the nicotine patch group. Additionally, 3 participants on the non-nicotine containing vaporizers, 4·1%, also managed to quit.
The research suggests that even the placebo of vaporizers can be enough to aid a smoker in the quitting process.
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While some of the participants failed to quit, they smoked fewer cigarettes when vaping, hence minimizing some of the risks associated with smoking.
“E-cigarettes, with or without nicotine, were modestly effective at helping smokers to quit, with similar achievement of abstinence as with nicotine patches, and few adverse events,” read the study abstract.
Vaporizers Are Smokers’ Preferred Harm-Reduction Devices
An article published in White Cloud earlier this month pointed out some interesting findings.
Dr. Christopher Bullen, the lead study author, was struck by the fact that the study participants were much more enthusiastic when trying to quit smoking via vaping than with the help of Nicotine Patches.
This fact is complemented with what other studies have found: e-cigarettes are smokers’ preferred smoking cessation tools because they mimic the action of smoking. The similar actions make transitions from smoking much easier to deal with.
Which Cessation Aid Is Right For You?
There is no “right” answer to this question.
It all comes down to preference. However, I can state that patches just didn’t do the trick for me personally. The physical habit wasn’t replaced, which turned out to be the biggest factor on my journey to true freedom.
If nicotine patches on smoking cessation works for you, that’s great! We’re in the business of helping people escape the shackles of tar and monoxide, so whatever works for you makes us happy.
Best of luck! In the meantime, I’ll be sticking with my Vibe 100.
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