Should you use electric cigarettes to quit smoking? We cannot and will not suggest you should, but studies about the subject continue to come in thick and fast. The latest study is now online, in advance of publication in the Nicotine & Tobacco Research journal. It is a study that did not look specifically at e-cigarettes per se, but rather, at how supplemental nicotine use, and the subsequent reduction in tobacco consumption, increases the chances of a smoker quitting.

The researchers introduced various nicotine replacement therapies (NRT) to smokers, as a means of helping them to reduce their tobacco consumption. Essentially, participants then became dual users of two different nicotine products: tobacco and the NRT. Researchers found that for every 1% reduction in inhaled carbon monoxide, a smoker was 3 to 4% more likely to quit their tobacco entirely. Ordinal increases in carbon monoxide reductions resulted in further increases in the likelihood of quitting, to between 50% and 290%.

Boston University's Dr Michael Siegel explains that there is no reason to believe electric cigarettes could not deliver the same sort of nicotine supplementation that would achieve similar results to that which the researchers found. He proposes that a dual user who managed to reduce his or her tobacco consumption by 80% would increase his or her odds of quitting smoking by 320%. Siegel says that an 80% reduction in tobacco consumption is fairly common among e-cigarette users.

In plain English, the important take-away of this study is the fact that the dual use of tobacco cigarettes and supplemental nicotine is known to increase the chances of smoking cessation. This is a fact that few in the tobacco control movement would try to debate. It is why doctors are able to recommend NRTs to smokers as a way of gradually weaning them from the habit of smoking, with the hope that they will eventually quit altogether.

If this methodology succeeds by using such things such as nicotine patches and gums, why is it that so many are sceptical that electric cigarettes can produce the same results? Is the nicotine in a typical e-cig somehow different from the nicotine found in NRTs? No, it's not. Dr Siegel's analysis of the research results is therefore spot on.

What NRTs Cannot Do....

The attraction of the electric cigarette as a tobacco alternative is that it can do what no NRT can: accurately replicate the smoking experience without exposing the smoker to toxic cigarette smoke. Everything the smoker is familiar with in terms of nicotine delivery is replicated with the e-cigarette, including the self-regulation of desired nicotine intake. The same cannot be said of patches, gums, lozenges or pharmaceuticals.

VAPESTICK cannot (and will not) say that you can or should use electric cigarettes to quit smoking. We can say however, that e-cigarettes are a tobacco alternative that brings you another choice to consider beyond the NRTs. If you are looking for a different way to get your nicotine, you do not necessarily have to rely on products that don't satisfy your desires as a smoker. VAPESTICK offers a wide range of high quality e-cigarette devices and flavours, both online and from retailers all around the UK, including Tesco, Shell, WHSmith, Costco and thousands of others - for when you feel its time to make the switch, from smoking to vaping.