Published January 13, 2015
To vape or not to vape…
Few images engender more controversy than great, pluming clouds of vapor rising from an electronic cigarette. Depending on your point of view, “vaping” is either just another cigarette in sheep’s clothing or a useful aid to help smokers kick their habit.
A recent article published online in the Cochrane Review finds growing evidence that smokers who use electronic cigarettes can stop or reduce their smoking.
The Review article analyzes results from two randomized trials. Researchers from England and New Zealand found that electronic cigarettes withnicotine were more effective in smoking cessation than electronic cigarettes without it, and were about as effective as nicotine patches or chewing gum. The authors recommend the results be confirmed by additional studies.
Electronic cigarettes have been around for several years but their popularity is zooming. E-cigarettes and “vape” shops can be found in virtually every U.S. town and city. Much of the appeal lies in the similarity between vaping and smoking. Both are hand-held, create a nicotine “rush” and generate a cloud of smoke or vapor. In the case of vaping, however, the cloud does not appear to expose others to the toxic effects of smoke.