e-cigarettes safer than smoking, says Public Health England
e-Cigarettes as good as patches for quitting, research shows
The study, carried out by the internationally regarded Cochrane Library, found a third of long-term smokers were able to cut their cigarette consumption in half by using e-cigarettes.
The review investigated the findings of randomised trials, where some smokers were given e-cigarettes containing nicotine while others were given ones which did not contain nicotine.
Those who consumed nicotine were twice as likely to stay off tobacco, the study found.
Illustrating the difficulties faced by those trying to quit tobacco, she said more than half of smokers failed to stay off cigarettes for more than a week, while fewer than 5 per cent managed to do so for a year unless they were given support.