Italian Research Shows E-cigarette is an Effective Tool to Reduce Tobacco Consumption

A study recently published on the 9th of July in “Addictive Behavior” once again demonstrated the efficacy and safety of e-cigarettes in helping smokers reduce tobacco consumption and improve their lung health.

As well, according to the study titled “E-cigarette’s benefits in reducing tobacco and lung health in chronic smokers who are screened for lung cancer within six months,” also aims to determine whether e-cigarettes are considered effective and safe in supporting smoking cessation.

Furthermore, a total of 210 smokers aged 55 and over were recruited for the study. They smoked an average of 10 cigarettes for at least 10 years. Those were randomly divided into three groups. One group was given nicotine e-cigarettes, another group was given a placebo (no nicotine), and lastly the control group was not given e-cigarettes. All participants received a three-month smoking cessation program which included a cognitive behavioral program to support them to change behavior and increase motivation to quit smoking.

In addition to that, through self-reported measurements, it was found that among the participants who were still smoking for 6 months was amazed by the significant difference in the number of cigarettes smoked per day between the two groups. The nicotine cigarette group smoked an average of 11 cigarettes daily. While the nicotine-free e-cigarette group smoked 14 cigarettes a day and the control group smoked 13.5 cigarettes.

Another group difference was the significant variation in exhaled CO. The average exhaled CO of the participants in the nicotine e-cigarette group was 12.0 while the average exhaled CO of the participants in the nicotine-free e-cigarette group was 15.3 and that of the control group was 16.5. (From a health point of view, a lower exhaled carbon dioxide ratio is preferable).

It was re-discovered that e-cigarettes can effectively quit smoking.

Eventually, there was also a significant difference in nicotine dependence between the groups. All participants had a moderate to low degree of dependence within 6 months; the average core value of smokers in the nicotine e-cigarette group was 3.12 while the average core value of smokers in the e-cigarette group without nicotine was 3.32 and the control group is 3.59.

Therefore, the researchers concluded that after 6 months about 20% of the entire sample stopped smoking. Participants who used e-cigarettes and nicotine smoked less than any other group after 6 months. Moreover, Our data increases the efficacy and safety of e-cigarettes in helping smokers reduce tobacco consumption and improve lung health.


Post time: Oct-08-2021