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Study suggests e-cigs trump patches for quitting smoking

Sean Cooper, @sean_cooper
May 20, 2014
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The use of e-cigs, or vaping as it's often called, is not only more acceptable as far as stink factor and convenience go, but may now finally be considered a real tool in the quest to kick the habit. Fans of vaping have always claimed that this was the case, but there's never been a real study to back them up, and let's face it: "We think it is," is a bit vaporous. Researchers from the University College London followed some 6,000 people's efforts at quitting between summer 2009 and February 2014. The adjusted results suggest that e-cig users were 60 percent more likely to succeed than those trying nicotine replacement or quitting cold turkey. Of course, all of these people have had to find their own path or program, seeing as the e-devices aren't a recognized method to most in the health industry. Perhaps now we'll start to see programs put together tailored to help smokers butt out. While this research does bode well for the e-cig industry, bear in mind this is only one study and we've yet to hear anybody weigh in on the health concerns. By the by, we expect a study claiming the exact opposite findings from the nicotine patch people to land in three, two, one...

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In this article: e-cigarettes, health, smoking, vaping
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