Monumental steps have been made within the vaping industry as a new study published in the New England Journal of Medicine has found e-cigarettes to be almost twice as effective as traditional nicotine replacement therapy (NRT) in helping smokers remain abstinent from conventional cigarettes.
A team from the Queen Mary University in London conducted a four-week behavioral course with a group of randomly selected adults participants — the people who took part in the study were active attendees with the U.K. National Health Service stop-smoking services. The participants were given any/all nicotine replacement therapy of their choice, varying in combinations or were selected to try an e-cigarette starter kit for a three month period. Those who were picked to try e-cigarettes were provided essential information about flavors, strengths and safety precautions. All participants were also provided weekly behavioral support for the first four weeks.
What was the objective?
The primary objective of the study was to analyze the effectiveness of traditional nicotine replacement therapy and correlate those results with the effectiveness of e-cigarettes.
What was the result?
A total of 886 people were selected to take part in the study. Over a one year period, the abstinence rate from smoking combustible cigarettes was 18% from the group who strictly vaped and 9.9% from the group who used one or a combination of the other available nicotine replacement therapy. Nausea was also a frequent side effect in the nicotine replacement therapy group, while there was a huge decline in coughing and phlegm production in the e-cigarette group.
What was the conclusion of the study?
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