The study was made up of three control groups comprising of:
- People who had been previously tobacco smokers but had switched to electronic cigarettes
- People who use an e-cigarette and smoke tobacco
- People who exclusively smoke
Researchers followed these three groups for a period of two years to discover which group would end up with the greaterst number no longer smoking cigarettes.
They found that:
“Of the e-cigarette users, 61.1 percent remained abstinent from tobacco” whilst “23.1 percent and 26.0 percent of tobacco-only smokers and dual users achieved tobacco abstinence”
Therefore showing that those who switched to e-cigarettes were nearly three times more likely to stay off cigarettes for a prolonged period of time.
Speaking to the Daily Caller, Dr Michael Siegel, Professor of Community Health Sciences at Boston University School of Public Health, said although this was a “limited” study, owing to the fact it “it does not compare smokers who are randomized to receive e-cigarettes vs. smokers who are randomized to an alternative cessation approach”
“What it does demonstrate is that the rate of recidivism back to cigarette smoking is relatively low among vapers.”
“In other words, if a person is successful in quitting smoking using e-cigarettes, there is a very good chance that he or she will be able to maintain their status as an ex-smoker.”
“Moreover, the chances of a vaper being a smoker two years later are much lower than the chances of a smoker continuing to smoke two years later.”
Please note we neither cannot nor do not suggest using an electronic cigarette to stop smoking.
For a follow up we suggest watching the recent ‘BBC Horizon: E-Cigarettes: Miracle or Menace?’ as a similar study was conducted with revealing results, click HERE to watch
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