Mc Dermott et al, “The effectiveness of using e-cigarettes for quitting smoking compared to other cessation methods among adults in the United Kingdom,” Addiction, Volume 116, Issue 10, October 2021.
The study by King’s College London found that people who used vape products to help them stop smoking were between three and five times more likely to quit smoking for a month than smokers who did not use any cessation aid.
By comparison, nicotine gums and patches and anti-smoking medication had little to no effect on smoking cessation.
The study, which examined data on cessation involving 1,115 smokers in the UK, found that the likelihood of cessation was also reduced by non‐daily vaping.
The researchers said that “despite the World Health Organization’s (WHO) cautious stance on e-cigarettes, studies like ours show they are still one of the most effective quitting aids available.”
“Our results show that when used daily, e-cigarettes help people to quit smoking, compared to no help at all. These findings are in line with previous research, showing that e-cigarettes are a more effective aid for quitting than nicotine replacement therapy and prescribed medication.”