Hello all, Dawn here your ever loyal A Clean Cigarette blogger. Today I am going to be reporting on a recent study just published in the New England Journal of Medicine. It compares nicotine replacement therapies like the patch and gum to electronic nicotine delivery systems. They wanted to see which would help more people quit smoking.
Before we get started, it is super important to understand that this blog is provided by A Clean Cigarette. We are not making this as a claim. We do believe however that our customers deserve to be informed. With that in mind, when new science comes out, we feel that it is important that we report on it.
This blog is just that, a report on a newly published study. NOT a claim. We will provide links to sources. Please feel free to do your own research if you are interested. Now on to the study.
Nicotine Replacement Therapy vs E-cigarette
Since the electronic cigarette industry first took off the big question has been can and will they help smokers to quit smoking. And if they DO help, do they help better than the nicotine replacement therapy options already FDA approved? As time has went on more and more smokers have come forward with success stories, but no evidence. By evidence I mean hard scientific data that can be looked at by the bean counters and regulation setters.
Oh sure, there have been a few informal surveys done and some mention in larger studies about the “trends” of users abstaining form burning tobacco. But nothing specifically proving one way or another which option is best for those who want to quit smoking. Until now.
The title alone is enough to give us hope right?
“We randomly assigned adults attending U.K. National Health Service stop-smoking services to either nicotine-replacement products of their choice, including product combinations, provided for up to 3 months, or an e-cigarette starter pack (a second-generation refillable e-cigarette with one bottle of nicotine e-liquid [18 mg per milliliter]), with a recommendation to purchase further e-liquids of the flavor and strength of their choice. Treatment included weekly behavioral support for at least 4 weeks.”
***Notice that section in green. It’s very important. We will talk about it a but later. ⇓
- “A total of 886 participants underwent randomization. The 1-year abstinence rate was 18.0% in the e-cigarette group, as compared with 9.9% in the nicotine-replacement group.”
- “Among participants with 1-year abstinence, those in the e-cigarette group were more likely than those in the nicotine-replacement group to use their assigned product at 52 weeks. (80% [63 of 79 participants] vs. 9% [4 of 44 participants])”
- “Overall, throat or mouth irritation was reported more frequently in the e-cigarette group (65.3%, vs. 51.2% in the nicotine-replacement group) “
- “Nausea more frequently in the nicotine-replacement group (37.9%, vs. 31.3% in the e-cigarette group).”
- “The e-cigarette group reported greater declines in the incidence of cough and phlegm production from baseline to 52 weeks than did the nicotine-replacement group (relative risk for cough, 0.8; 95% CI, 0.6 to 0.9; relative risk for phlegm, 0.7; 95% CI, 0.6 to 0.9).”
“E-cigarettes were more effective for smoking cessation than nicotine-replacement therapy, when both products were accompanied by behavioral support.“
To Recap (Our words)
According to this study, nearly twice as many smokers were able to quit smoking for at least a year when they used e-cigarettes vs nicotine replacement therapy. But they were not JUST using e-cigarettes, they also had behavioral support.
That’s right. to get the best chance at success smokers need more than just a new way to deliver nicotine. They need a support system that understands what they are going through and where they have been. While we won’t claim that we can help you quit smoking. We do strive to be just that for each and every smoker who walks through the A Clean Cigarette door. We always have it’s just who we are. Smokers helping smokers since, 2010.
What we are not a one-size fits all gas station e-cigarette brand like MarkTen, Juul or the V2 that could care less about helping smokers with behavioral support. That’s why they are alright with their product being sold at gas stations. Heck most of them don’t even mind non-smokers starting with them. Who cares if they will suffer trying to quit smoking later.
Something we will not allow here at A Clean Cigarette. If you are a never smoker, never start. These things contain nicotine, nicotine is addictive. Regardless of how it is delivered.
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