The e-cig industry is a young one, but it has taken the world by storm in only a few years. This means that we have limited hindsight on this consumable product, we have a lot to learn in terms of long-term effects. But according to ENT (Ear, Nose, and Throat) surgeon and French television personality Michel Cymes, electronic cigarettes represent a viable and reliable method of smoking cessation.
Cymes believes that vaping is more effective than other nicotine substitutes, such as patches, gums, or inhalers. According to a very well-respected British study, e-cigs are almost twice as effective. To reach this figure, researchers monitored 886 chronic smokers who had consulted their GP to quit smoking. They were recommended nicotine patches and chewables to help with cravings. A year later, 18% of those who had turned to vaping had quit entirely. For the others, the figure was 10%.
How reliable is this study?
Michel Cymes was vocal in his suppoer of the research, published by the prestigious “New England of Medecine”. Participants were monitored in a thorough and regular manner, meeting once a week. Another promising research criteria was that side effects were taken into account, and helped inform the conclusion. Potential side effects from gum and patch solutions were frequently related to nausea. For e-cigs, the users complained about sore throats.
Michel Cymes was quick to remind everyone that, whatever the case, the worst possible choice was to keep burning dry plant matter to extract nicotine. It has been proven time and time again that smoking causes cancer, but vaping has literally no indication of anything comparable. If you are considering smoking and are not convinced by nicotine patches or chewing gum, you should give e-cigs a chance.
However, for non-smokers, the medical profession is quite consistent in its message: do not take up vaping for its own sake. As a nicotine substitute, vaping can obviously become addictive in its own right, and that’s exactly the opposite of what electronic cigarettes represent.