For once, it is a study from Belgium that confirms the idea that the e-cigarette is a real tool for smoking cessation. According to Brent Boermans' thesis, presented at the University of Louvain (KU Leuven) in Psychological Sciences, the electronic cigarette would be at least as effective in stopping smoking as other existing means, such as medical treatment and nicotine substitutes .
As part of her research, Brent Boermans followed 53 people, accompanied by tobacco specialists, who wanted to quit smoking. Several methods have been used: e-cigarette, nicotine replacement therapy, medical treatment or a combination of electronic cigarette and nicotine replacement.
After one month of withdrawal, 75% of participants had not touched a cigarette. An identical percentage among people using an electronic cigarette. This figure drops to 70% for those who had opted for nicotine replacement 66,67% for those who had combined the two means but reached 100% for those who had opted for medical treatment.
After three months, only 50,9% of the participants remained weaned. Of those who opted for e-cigarettes, 75% had not relapsed while 66,67% of those who combined electronic cigarettes and nicotine replacement therapy no longer smoked.
For nicotine substitutes, only 30% held up. Medical treatment is less effective in the long term since only 42,86% of participants who opted for this method have not touched a cigarette after one trimester.
The study thus shows that after three months, there are serious differences in results depending on the methods used. The e-cigarette appears to be the best way to quit smoking. Participants who opted for this method had a 1,69 more chance than others to quit smoking permanently. Those who combined electronic cigarettes with nicotine substitutes even had an additional 2,35 chances.