Smoking is a major preoccupation for people in general because it is one of the main causes of death in the whole world. According to the World Health Organisation (WHO), more than 6 million people die each year because of tobacco smoking. The vast majority of the tobacco smokers are men and most from 1.1 billion smokers live in countries which have low and middle earnings.
Furthermore, there are many people who want to quit smoking but this is not an easy process and is not even the same experience for different smokers. Quitting is a struggle! But except for conventional tobacco, e-cigarette usage has emerged in the latest decades, especially in developed countries. “A Naturalistic, Randomized Pilot Trial of E-Cigarettes: Uptake, Exposure, and Behavioral Effects” is a recent study funded by National Institute of Health (NIH) and one of the few pieces of research dealing with e-cigarette effectiveness. It was published in Cancer Epidemiology, Biomarkers & Prevention during November 2017.
68 smokers became part of the study by being monitored for four months by experts. They were given e-cigarettes and researchers checked out the nicotine exposure, e-cigarette usage, smoking behavior and e-cigarette preferences. Participants who received e-cigarette not only reduced smoking but they also liked it and decided to order their preferred e-cigarettes. This is a key factor in understanding that e-cigarettes usage is a stimulant for less smoking and possibly quitting it. Another factor is that the e-cigarettes which were composed of a higher dose of nicotine showed more significant results. Participants who used e-cigarettes and were observed through the four-year period tended to smoke about 37 percent fewer cigarettes. Along with this fact, participants also appeared significantly capable to switch from tobacco smoking cigarettes to e-cigarettes. These two findings are a meaningful indicator of the help that this product can give to people who want to quit smoking.
Nevertheless, this product is not absolutely safe and can also cause a counteraction in the form of an increase in e-cigarettes consumption from teenagers. Even though e-cigarettes may help in smoking quit, it doesn’t mean that it is a product for everyone. The most exposed group are adolescents. The e-cigarettes producers are developing different kinds of e-cigarettes in different settings, design, flavor, increased marketing etc. which can increase the number of youngsters who want to use them.