E-cigarettes cut cravings, study finds
WASHINGTON — A study adds to a growing body of research showing that e-cigs do, in fact, help people cut back on their tobacco consumption.
During an eight-month period, Belgian researchers tracked 48 smokers who were unwilling to quit smoking. The smokers were divided in to three groups: two who were given e-cigarettes for the entire period and a third that switched from tobacco to e-cigarettes two months into the study period.
“At the end of the eight-month study, 21 percent of all participants had stopped smoking tobacco entirely, whereas an additional 23 percent reported cutting the number of tobacco cigarettes they smoked per day by half,” the authors conclude. Across all three groups, total tobacco consumption fell by 60 percent.
Nicotine from e-cigs offers many smokers a successful alternative for smoking less — or even quitting altogether, said authors Frank Baeyens and Dinska Van Gucht.