Electronic cigarettes may be more successful than nicotine patches, lozenges or gum while quitting smoking

Research shows that while quitting smoking, switching to electronic cigarettes may offer better solution than nicotine patches, lozenges or gum, new research suggests.

These findings are a result of a small year-long study that tracked about 120 British smokers enrolled in a National Health Service smoking cessation program. The study author Dunja Przulj said that e-cigarettes provide nicotine, which is vital when someone is trying to quit smoking.

Going 'cold turkey' with no nicotine can be extremely tough to deal with nicotine withdrawal symptoms. She explained that having some kind of nicotine replacement betters the chances of quitting.

During the study it was found that e-cigarettes would almost double chances of quitting at one year compared to nicotine replacement products. Przulj is a research health psychologist with the Health and Lifestyles Research Unit at Queen Mary University of London.

Substance abuse engagement solutions may also help people quit addiction. For the roughly 15 percent of Americans who smoke, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration has not approved e-cigarettes as a means for quitting. But practically, investigators noted that more and more American smokers chose e-cigarettes as a cessation tool as compared to FDA-approved treatments.