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The Cochran Review encourages use of e-cigs to stop smoking

Posted by Matt Rowland on

The Cochran Review is an independent, non-profit organization comprised of an international team of scientists from over 130 countries.  According to a recent report, this team of researchers in now officially encouraging smokers to consider using e-cigs and vaping products as a healthy way to quit smoking.

Although most scientists will agree that e-cigs are a much better alternative to smoking conventional tobacco products, the debate often centers around whether electronic cigarettes are healthier than more traditional smoking cessation methods, such as “the patch” and nicotine gum.  In the United States, the primary disagreement tends to be centered on how much authority the U.S. Food and Drug Administration has to regulate the industry.  According to The Cochran Review, this entire discussion is rather pointless.

"In my view, smokers struggling to stop should try all possible methods, including electronic cigarettes, to help them to do so."

- Ann McNeill, professor of Tobacco Addiction at King's College London.

The Cochran Review and federal regulation

Manufacturers of electronic cigarettes argue that their products are approximately 95% less harmful than conventional tobacco products.  They also boast that millions of vapers have successfully quit smoking via e-cigs and vaping in recent years, two claims that have already been confirmed by the U.K.’s Royal College of Physicians well before the new FDA deeming regulations were even announced last May.  But the FDA remains firm in their regulatory stance, often citing the lack of scientific evident to support these claims.  According to The Cochran Review, this scientific research already exists.

"We are encouraged to find many studies are now under way, particularly as electronic cigarettes are an evolving technology…In terms of quitting, these can't provide the same information we get from randomized controlled trials, but they contribute further information on the side-effects of using electronic cigarettes to quit smoking…”
- Jamie Hartmann-Boyce, member of the Cochrane Tobacco Addiction Group


The Cochran Review also states that more long-term research is needed, but no amount of research can prove beyond a shadow of a doubt that e-cigs are 100% safe or effective in quitting smoking.  In fact, one of the team members from University College London openly states that they fully expect up to two-thirds of all newbie vapers to “relapse at some point in the future.”   These statistics are also comparable to other Nicotine Replacement Therapies.

The Cochran Review also adds, "a 40-year-old smoker who quits permanently can expect to gain nine life years compared with a continuing smoker." If this is true, then why is the FDA so adamant about regulating e-cigs in exactly the same way as conventional cigarettes?  The story of The Cochran Review findings was ultimately picked up by several NBC affiliates, perhaps a good sign that public perception of vaping is finally beginning to shift.


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  • I have smoked for over 40 years, I quit on July the 10th of this year after surviving cancer and have yet to go back, or even think about a regular cigarette, the wheezing and shortness of breath were gone in a matter of days, and after informing all of my doctors of the change I made I got nothing but high 5’s for taking the best step out there. patches didn’t work because they don’t stop the need with the hands to smoke. since I couldn’t go cold turkey I went with the best option I have ever seen, and will never go back to smoking a cigarette, and I live with a smoker.

    Patty on
  • My ecig is the only way I could have stopped smoking, I smoked for 43 years,and since using ecig i feel healthier and don’t have the wheezing I used to have.

    Gordon Harkness on

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