A Recently Completed Medical Study Conducted in South Africa Shows An Impressive 45% Success Rate When Using Electronic Cigarettes As A Smoking Cessation Tool.
In the first government controlled official study of the electronic cigarette’s effectiveness as a smoking cessation aid e-cigs show an impressive 45% success rate. The study, conducted in South Africa, consisted of 349 smokers. At the conclusion of the two month study 45% of those participating had successfully quit smoking.
All the doctors that participated in the study agree that electronic cigarettes are a significantly healthier alternative to smoking traditional cheap cigarettes. The study showed that 6% of participating smokers quit within two weeks with an increase to 45% over 8 weeks. Over half of the participants reported increased energy levels and a visual improvement in their appearance.
Overwhelming support from the medical community that participated in the study includes that of Dr Clifford Hulley, who reported that “an e-cigarette is the most effective treatment method on the market for quitting tobacco smoking”. Prof Martin Veller, Head Vascular Surgeon at the University of the Witwatersrand, added “Motivated by my wife’s experience, who smoked traditional cigarettes heavily until the moment she replaced them with Green Smoke electronic cigarettes, I have advised my patients to consider electronic cigarettes as an alternative nicotine source.”
According to Dr Kishore Deva, a Pretoria doctor who quit smoking using electronic cigarettes over a six week period, “around 10 to 15 e-cig puffs are equivalent to the same amount of nicotine delivered by a tobacco cigarette”. He added that the nicotine, present in e-cigarettes, is not responsible for the health risks.
Earlier this year another study was carried out by Health New Zealand to determine the safety of electronic cigarettes. According to the head of research Dr Murray Laugeson, the test found that electronic cigarettes were not only very safe relative to cigarettes, but that they are also safe in absolute terms on all measurements.
“Using micro-electronics, an electronic cigarette vaporizes, separately for each puff, very small quantities of nicotine dissolved in propylene glycol, two small well-known molecules with excellent safety profiles, into a fine aerosol. Each puff contains one third to one half the nicotine in a tobacco cigarette’s puff. The cartridge liquid is tobacco-free and no combustion occurs.”
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