Vaping helps adults quit smoking better than traditional methods, Cochrane says

Electronic cigarettes, known as e-cigarettes or vapes, help adults quit smoking better than traditional nicotine replacement methods, such as patches and gum, a Cochrane review has found.1

Researchers from the University of Oxford reviewed 78 studies, including 40 randomized controlled trials, involving 22,052 adult smokers to assess the effectiveness, tolerability and safety of e-cigarettes to help quit. They found that the rate of quitting among adults who used nicotine-containing e-cigarettes was higher than among those who received nicotine replacement therapy (hazard ratio 1.63, 95% CI 1.30 to 2.04; I2=10%; six studies, 2378 participants). This could translate to an additional 4 risk per 100 (95% CI 2 to 6), the researchers said.

Although their findings show that e-cigarettes are an effective way to help adults quit smoking, the researchers said that e-cigarettes are not without risk and should not be used by non-smokers, especially young …

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