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Vaping Versus the Patch

Many cigarette smokers are unable to quit with standard smoking cessation methods like the patch or nicotine gum. Vaping provides a pleasurable alternative and experience. Lozenges and other techniques don’t always offer the satisfaction necessary to help long-term cigarette smokers quit. This may decrease the likelihood of quitting cigarettes for good. Vaporizers are arguably most effective smoking cessation technique available. 


"We know that there are millions of cigarette users out there who successfully stopped smoking by switching to vaping," says Peter Hajek, a public health researcher at Queen Mary University of London.


Peter Hajec and his colleagues conducted a study to compare standard tobacco cessation techniques versus vaping. They organized a group of 886 cigarette smokers with a desire to quit. Half of the participants received traditional treatment: lozenges, nicotine patches, nicotine gum, and other forms of oral nicotine consumption. The other half received e-cigarettes. 


They found that 10% of the standard-treatment group quit for up to a year while 18% of the e-cigarette sample group not only quit, but stopped cigarettes for longer durations of time. In addition, the e-cigarette group did not show a significant difference in wheezing or shortness of breath after the study was completed. Peter Hajec reported his findings in the New England Journal of Medicine.