We’ll admit it: we’ve made fun of e-cigarettes before for their unwavering ability to make people look like tools. But despite e-cigarettes’ icky appearance, a new study has found that they’re actually doing a great job of helping people quit smoking.
People trying to quit smoking are 60 percent more likely to succeed if they switch to e-cigarettes than if they use nicotine products or quit cold turkey, Reuters reports.
The study, now published in the journal Addiction, was conducted from 2009 to 2014 by the University College of London and mainly funded by Cancer Research UK. After testing the effects of e-cigarette use on around 6,000 smokers over the five-year period, researchers concluded that the dorky-looking devices could help significantly curb tobacco-related deaths and illnesses.
“E-cigarettes could substantially improve public health because of their widespread appeal and the huge health gains associated with stopping smoking,” Reuters quotes Robert West, who led the study, as saying.
That all sounds nice, but don’t forget: the FDA still hasn’t passed regulations on e-cigarettes. So even though they might help you quit smoking, they also might — we don’t know — cause your spleen to disintegrate. Or straight up explode in your face.
And then there’s the other obvious problem — that though e-cigarettes might lower your risk of tobacco-related illness, they will most certainly guarantee an increase in people not wanting to hang out with you. So there’s that.
Nevertheless, smoking is terrible for you. So if e-cigarettes are as effective as this study says, we say don that mouth fedora straight away.