May 26, 2014 6:28:06 pm
Smokers who use e-cigarettes to quit are more likely to succeed than those who use willpower alone or buy nicotine replacement therapies, such as patches or gum, according to a new study.
The research by University College London surveyed nearly 6,000 smokers and found a fifth had quit with the aid of e-cigarettes.
That was 60 per cent higher than those who did not use the devices.
Researchers said they were “cautiously positive” about the role e-cigarettes could play, ‘BBC News’ reported.
“E-cigarettes could substantially improve public health because of their widespread appeal and the huge health gains associated with stopping smoking,” said Professor Robert West, lead researcher of the study published in the journal Addiction.
“Some public health experts have expressed concern that widespread use of e-cigarettes could ‘re-normalise’ smoking. However, we are tracking this very closely and see no evidence of it,” West said.
“Smoking rates in England are declining, quitting rates are increasing and regular e-cigarette use among never smokers is negligible,” West added.
📣 The above article is for information purposes only and is not intended to be a substitute for professional medical advice. Always seek the guidance of your doctor or other qualified health professional for any questions you may have regarding your health or a medical condition.
- The Indian Express website has been rated GREEN for its credibility and trustworthiness by Newsguard, a global service that rates news sources for their journalistic standards.