In an updated review, Cochrane gave it the highest score for finding that e-cigarettes are better at helping people quit smoking than pharmaceutical products.
Cochrane is an independent organization of scientists, physicians, health professionals and patients. It was founded in Oxford and is now based in London.
The organization deals with current issues and provides evaluations. These Cochrane Reviews are considered the gold standard in science.
The Cochrane Tobacco Addiction Group has also been looking into the e-cigarette for a number of years.
Last week the group released an updated review on the e-cigarette (PDF, Guru Server, 56kb). To do this, she evaluated 78 studies with over 22,000 participants. 17 of the studies were new.
Scientific statements are evaluated with a kind of grading system in order to be able to classify their reliability.
For the first time, Cochrane rates the effectiveness of e-cigarettes for smoking cessation as “high certainty”. And even more effective than nicotine patches, sprays and other replacement products.
In the future it will probably be difficult for opponents of Tobacco Harm Reduction to be able to deny this unchallenged.
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Although the co-author Dr. Nicola Lindson points out that data on long-term use of e-cigarettes is lacking. And therefore no reliable judgment on the harmfulness can be given.
Still, she said e-cigarettes carry only a fraction of the risks of smoking.
“E-cigarettes do not burn tobacco or expose users to the same complex mix of pollutants that cause disease in people who smoke traditional cigarettes. E-cigarettes are not risk-free and should not be used by people who do not smoke. According to the current state of knowledge, e-cigarettes containing nicotine carry only a fraction of the risk of smoking.”
dr Nicola Lindson, University of Oxford, Managing Editor of the Cochrane Tobacco Addiction Group
“This review confirms – again – that e-cigarettes containing nicotine help smokers to quit. And that these products are more effective than medically licensed nicotine replacement therapies. Therefore, all smokers should try vaping to break their addiction to tobacco smoking.”
Prof. Dr. John Britton, Professor Emeritus of Epidemiology, University of Nottingham
dr Riccardo Polosa of the University of Catania in Italy called the result “historic” on Twitter: “There is no longer any other way to judge it”.