cigarettes work? As you can imagine, people ask us this question all the
time. The simple answer, of course, is “it depends.” How do you define “work?”
Is work defined as providing satisfaction or an overall comparable experience
to traditional cigarettes? Or is work simply defined in terms of structural
quality, as in, “does this technology actually deliver what it promises, or is
it just a glorified toy?”
We could go on and
on about the benefits of electronic cigarettes: you save a fortune on cigarette
costs, you enjoy the freedom of hundreds of soothing flavors at your
fingertips… oh, and as for the question of whether it’s satisfying, we’ve yet
to meet a disappointed vaper.
Now, there’s another
interesting development to consider: a recent study funded by the Health Research Council of New Zealand and conducted by the National Institute for Health Innovation at the University of Auckland in New Zealand, has concluded that
electronic cigarettes are as effective as nicotine patches for weaning people
off of traditional cigarettes. The study was published in the journal Lancet,
and it has many smokers buzzing.
provides an important benchmark for e cigarettes,” said Chris Bullen, the
Bullen and his
colleagues recruited 657 adult smokers who were trying to kick the habit.
Approximately 300 of the participants received nicotine-containing
e cigarettes, while another 300 received nicotine patches. The remaining were
given placebo cigarettes without nicotine. After six months, about seven
percent of patch recipients had quit successfully, along with about seven
percent of the nicotine e cig recipients. The placebo recipients had only a
three-percent success rate.
However, when it
came to smoking reduction, the e cig users actually fared better than the patch
recipients. Among the smokers who had failed to quit, about 60 percent of e cig
users had cut their cigarette habit in half, compared to only 41 percent of
nicotine patch users. The side effects for both patch users and e-cig
users—most prominently breathing difficulties—were about the same.
So, do electronic
cigarettes work? Electronic cigarettes are not magic wands. They won’t
instantly cure you of your smoking addiction, nor will they make Jenny McCarthy
fall in love with you (no matter what the advertising suggests). But, studies
like this show tremendous promise for future claims.