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Vaping versus nicotinevervangers en medicatie

Brent Boermans examined "the e-cigarette as an aid to quit smoking" in his Master's thesis in Psychology in Psychology. His research followed 53 people who tried to get rid of smoking in different ways. Medication, nicotine replacements and electric fumes were used. The number of people who stayed away from the cigarettes was mapped for a period of 1 month and 3 months. In particular, the differences between the first and third months are remarkable. For example, it turned out that the e-cigarette is better than nicotine replacement or medication to stop smoking.

The test

There were 52 participants in the study. These methods were tested:

  1. Stop based on medication.
  2. Stop based on nicotine replacements.
  3. Stop based on e-cigarettes.
  4. Stop based on nicotine replacements and e-cigarettes.

As we know from experience in the meantime, most former smokers will not "stop" but more "pause". After a month the figures were as follows:

  • 75% of the total number of participants had stopped smoking.
  • 75% of the participants who used e-cigarettes had stopped smoking.
  • 70% of the participants who used nicotine substitutes (NRT) had stopped smoking.
  • 66.67% of the participants who used NRTs with e-cigarettes had stopped smoking.

So far pretty good results that are close together. After 3 months the figures really dropped; 50.9% of the test subjects were still smoke-free. But the chance of success between the different methods varied further. For e-cigarette users, 75% remained smoke-free, for mixed users the percentage also remained the same at 66.67%. With medication, however, the number of smokeless subjects dropped to 42.86% and for NRTs the percentage even dropped to 30%.


Stopping the first month with aids works pretty well with most drugs, after stopping smoking with electric cigarettes for a longer period of time seems to be the most effective. The way in which smoking and fumes are similar can make the difference between success and failure in the longer term.