More Proof Vaping Helps Smokers Quit
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Even more evidence is piling up to suggest that switching to vaping is successful in helping heavy smokers quit their habit.


New research presented at the Nicotine and Tobacco Research Conference, SRNT in Munich, added to the already large pile of science and research that e-cigarettes are helping those addicted to smoking tobacco.


Senior lecturer, Alexis Bailey, presented preliminary results to industry experts at the conference from his observational study, which looked at the effects of switching from smoking to vaping for 28 days on heavy smokers.


Several parameters were measured, including psychometrics, cardiovascular readings, quality of life surveys, brain activity, along with bio-markers of toxicity. From the 31 subjects who completed the study, subtle yet significant changes in psychometric parameters with considerable reductions in bio-markers of toxicity were observed.


Switching from cigarettes to e-cigs also reduced cravings to smoke, positively impacting brain regions associated with addiction. Nicotine exposure was also significantly reduced. Dr. Bailey said of the study, “Our preliminary findings support electronic cigarettes as an effective way of stopping smoking, quickly inducing beneficial changes in various measures of psychometric health and the craving to smoke.”


Smoking rates have been falling for years now in western countries like the United States and the UK, but cigarettes continue to be a leading cause of preventable death in these regions. When tobacco users stop smoking, the associated health risks start diminishing. Scientists agree that longer periods of abstinence predict better health outcomes for former smokers.


Landmark research from Public Health England (PHE) and the UK-based Royal College of Physicians earlier this year showed e-cigarettes are around 95% safer than cigarettes.

PHE has re-stated this adding that e-cigarettes represent a fraction of the harm of traditional cigarettes while arguing that smokers should be encouraged to switch.


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