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Can electronic cigarettes help you quit?


The patch isn't hacking it? Nicotine gum far from working?

It might be time to give the electronic cigarette a try. The e-cigarette is gaining popularity as one of the more effective ways to cut back on--or entirely quit--a smoking habit. In a press release issued today by Electronic Cigarette Hub, the company states that it's giving away free "E-Cig Starter Kits" to those curious about this type of treatment.

How the e-cigarette works

The electronic cigarette works in a similar way to other smoking-cessation therapies--it delivers a small amount of nicotine to the body, enabling smokers to gradually wean themselves off of cigarettes--or at least cut back. In most e-cigarettes, the nicotine is diluted by a propylene glycol solution that vaporizes like smoke. The first e-cigarette was introduced to the market in 2004.

Clinical trials

In a 2011 study, published in the BMC Public Health Journal, 40 smokers were given e-cigarettes for six months. At the end of the trial, 55 percent had cut their tobacco use in half, and 9 percent had quit tobacco use entirely by the end of the study.

Researchers say that e-cigarettes are so effective because they give smokers the same sort of oral fixation that smoking real cigarettes provides, minus many of the toxins and high levels of nicotine. Since many health experts believe smoking is just as much a behavioral habit than a physical dependency, e-cigarettes might be a viable option for those that have not had success with other nicotine-replacement therapies.

Still a cancer stick?

However, there are those who believe e-cigarettes are just as dangerous as the real thing, given that the solution used to produce the "smoke" is filled with chemicals that are known carcinogens. But Dr. Michael Siegl of the Boston University School of Public Health says the benefits outweigh the dangers:

“Here we have a product that is helping thousands of people to get off of cigarettes and the public health response has largely been to discourage people from using the product. To me, it just seems to be counter to the public interest.’’

Source: Midland Daily News