How Effective Are E-Cigarettes At Helping You Quit?

How Effective Are E-Cigarettes At Helping You Quit?

A new scientific study into electronic cigarettes (AKA e-cigarettes) has found that the quitting method provides similar success results to nicotine patches. In other words, they are just as effective as other established smoking cessation aids in helping smokers to quit.

In the first clinical trial of its kind, researchers from the National Institute for Health Innovation at The University of Auckland in New Zealand compared e-cigarettes with nicotine patches in a bid to find out which method is the most effective.

657 smokers participated in the study, 289 of whom were assigned to nicotine e-cigarettes, 295 to patches, and 73 to placebo e-cigarettes. After six months, each group was assessed for verified smoking abstinence.

The researchers discovered that both methods result in comparable success in quitting, with roughly similar proportions of smokers who used either method remaining abstinent from smoking for six months after a 13 week course of patches or e-cigarettes.

E-cigarettes, with or without nicotine, were modestly effective at helping smokers to quit, with similar achievement of abstinence as with nicotine patches, and few adverse events.

The study notes that the total number of quitters was relatively small, with just 5.7 percent of participants kicking their habit during the trial.

However, among those who had not managed to quit after six months, cigarette consumption was markedly reduced in the e-cigarettes group, with around 57 percent reducing their daily consumption of cigarettes by at least half. Only 41 percent of the patch wearers managed to achieve the same result.

The report concludes that more research is urgently needed to clearly establish the overall benefits and harms of nicotine-based e-cigarettes at both individual and population levels. But the existing evidence does suggest that e-cigarettes have the potential to increase rates of smoking cessation and reduce costs to quitters and to health services.

Electronic cigarettes for smoking cessation: a randomised controlled trial [The Lancet]


  • Anyone I know who has moved over to e-cigarettes now smoke more than they used to.

    It’s more like “these aren’t as bad for me and I can smoke them anywhere, so I will”

    • Well essentially they aren’t that bad for you at all and in any case have significantly less deleterious health effects than a regular cigarette.

      Nicotine itself doesn’t have strong negative health effects in the amount that one would experience in smoking or e-cigarette use. It’s everything else that comes from the combustion of tobacco that has the significant negative health effects including carcinogenic effects.

      None of this is to suggest that large consumption of nicotine is ideal, however comparatively it is significantly better than consumption of nicotine via tobacco combustion.

  • Any one recommend a e-cigarette that kinda tastes like you are having a smoke?
    The one I tried I gave up on as it tasted of apples or something.

  • A friend of mine who is a heavy smoker tried it, and said it worked for him when he was alone, but when he was with other smokers, he wanted the real thing.

  • what you need to understand that you can’t buy nicotine in liquid form here in Australia, it’s the nicotine that perpetuates the habit. To obtain nicotine, you have to get it imported from china.

    They do work (I managed to quit for 6 months before a horrid breakup and a streak of self destruction) under the guise that as the weeks go past you mix in less and less nicotine (I went from 50/50 to 30/70 to 10/90 and in the end you can’t be arsed to charge your ecig any more and eventually do away with the habit all together.

    I’m now back on them and I’ll go days without one.

  • Having been an on again, off again smoker for years, I thought I’d give e-cigs a try.
    Definitely works for me. Haven’t had any tobacco for 2 months, and have absolutely no desire to go back. Even when out drinking, which was my biggest temptation.

  • I found these to be OK at handling the cravings during the day, but found at night when I was at home, I needed the real deal.

    Since then, I have successfully quit cold-turkey, and have been off the smokes for about 12 weeks.

    Loving the feeling of being able to breathe easier and not having to spend nearly $25 a day just to make myself stink.

  • Having been a long time smoker, I switched earlier this year, to the “passive” style ecigs, (imported from the US as the Chinese ones are just a bit dodgy).

    I have since “upgraded” to the push button control type, much better, good vape, good flavour and I can control how much nic goes in. I import my nic from the US in liquid form and mix my own (using a proper formula)

    I haven’t had a cigarette since March, and I use my ecig less and less.

  • As a pack a day smoker of 12 years, I switched to cheap and nasty style ecigs last year. It helped cut my smoking down from a pack a day, down to about 4 or 5. Then I bought a decent setup (eGo and stardust clearomiser) and havent bought a pack since. So far I’ve saved close to $4000. I even managed to get my father in law (a 2 pack of Marlboro a day for 40 years) onto ecigs, and he hasnt had one since new years eve.

      • What I ultimately recommend to start is an eGo (a Vision Spinner 1300maH lasts me all day and then some) and a Stardust carto to start with. I use a Kanger Pro Tank 2 which is the best tank system (and cheap too) that I’ve come across. All you’d need to get to maintain it is replacable coils for the Pro Tank which are about $7 for a pack of 5. I generally use one coil a week. Then get your nic juice. Talk to the guys at Vapebar online. They’ll help you get started if you are unsure about anything

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