Which is better or more effective? Nicotine patches or vaping?

As the New Year approaches and a new decade begins, it’s that time of year when millions of smokers promise to quit smoking forever.  Many have tried and failed several times in the past, but this year, they say, will be different.  They are finally going to kick the habit once and for all.

As they review their many options of smoking cessation programs which may include the purchasing of very expensive nicotine patches, gums, and lozenges, many may be fearful to even consider a transition to vaping.  After all, social media has been inundated with bad press that seemingly indicates that vaping causes everything from popcorn lung to formaldehyde poisoning and everything in between.

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In fact, a poll published last March by researchers of the Georgia State University Tobacco Center of Regulatory Science (GSU-TCRS) indicates that a whopping 45% of Americans wrongly believe that vaping is equally as harmful as smoking.  Even more astonishing, 10% of those surveyed falsely believe that vaping is even more deadly than smoking.

But, is this really true?  And which is the better, safer, and more effective stop smoking aid – nicotine patches or electronic cigarettes?

1.  Research shows that vaping is two-times more effective than nicotine patches

“The patch” has been around for decades, and generations of smokers have tried unsuccessfully to use these contraptions to help them quit smoking.  Yet, even though they don’t seem to work, the FDA keeps pushing them on the American smoking public as the safest smoking cessation aid on the market.  Why?  Probably because Big Pharma companies own the patents to these nicotine-enhanced products,  and Big Pharma and the FDA have been scratching each other’s backs for years.

After reviewing the scientific evidence produced by scientists from Queen Mary University’s Wolfson Institute of Preventative Medicine in London, the research indicates that vaping is twice as effective in helping smokers quit compared to the nicotine patch.  In an experiment involving over 1000 participants, 18% of those who transitioned to vaping were able to quit smoking permanently compared to only 9.9% of the patch-users.  The study entitled A Randomized Trial of E-Cigarettes versus Nicotine-Replacement Therapy is even published in the New England Journal of Medicine.   

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2.  Unlike ‘the patch,’ vaping helps eliminate the mental addictions of smoking.

Every addiction is at least partially mentally based, whether the person is addicted to food, sex, exercise, or smoking. Addressing the emotional triggers and associated physical behaviors is always crucial in overcoming any addiction.  Whether smokers realize it or not, a significant part of their addiction is not derived from the combustible tobacco stick itself but from the hand-to-mouth actions associated with smoking. 

Ask any smoker who has ever tried to quit cold turkey, and they will usually tell you that they gained several pounds of unwanted body weigh in the process.  Why?  Because they needed something to do with their hands.  In the absence of combustible tobacco cigarettes, they unwittingly substituted unhealthy, quick snacks like candy and cookies.   For smokers wanting to quit without the unnecessary weight gain and other nasty nicotine withdrawal symptoms, vaping can be the perfect alternative.  Nicotine patches simply can’t compete.

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3.  Vaping is not only twice as effective than the patch, it’s also much cheaper.

The average price of a pack of cigarettes is about $6.28 and ranges between $5.00 and $17.00 depending on the state of purchase.  This means that a pack-a-day smoker spends at about $188.00 per month or $2,292 per year on their cancerous habit. 

Meanwhile, a typical smoker can purchase two nicotine patches for around $50.00 with a recommended usage of one patch per week.  But since these patches are already proven to be substantially less effective in addressing the physically and mentally addictive hand-to-mouth behaviors, smokers very often change their patches from frequently than recommended.  This only increases the per-week and per-month costs.

Vaping, on the other hand, is cheap in comparison to both smoking and the patch.  A typical bottle of low-nicotine e-liquid can cost anywhere from $7.00 to $25.00 depending on the size of the bottle. A 100 ml bottle will have an average cost of about $10.00 and last for about a week.  That’s a savings of nearly 2700% – PER WEEK! 

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