According to the latest research from the Australian Catholic University and the University of Melbourne, electronic cigarettes (or e-cigarettes) can help smokers to quit smoking regular cigarettes.
From a sample size of 1242 smokers, 18% reported that they gave up smoking by using e-cigarettes while also helping those who continued to smoke to cut back on the number of cigarettes smoked.
As cigarettes contain more than 4,000 toxic chemicals and cancer-causing agents, e-cigarettes are becoming an increasingly popular means to give up smoking, especially for middle-aged smokers. Although the study did not assess the long-term health effects of e-cigarettes, the results find they are a less harmful option.
The research recognises the efficacy of nicotine filled e-cigarettes and its association with smoking cessation or reduction. However, more large-scale research needs to be conducted. Dr Aziz Rahman, lead researcher and public health expert from ACU’s Mary MacKillop Institute for Health Research says the next step is to test their effectiveness against other proven smoking cessation methods such as nicotine replacement therapies.