Recently a study was conducted in Italy testing electronic cigarettes amongst Italian smokers with no desire to quit smoking regular cigarettes and no desire to quit smoking tobacco. Dr. Michael Siegel who studies electronic cigarettes says "This really is the first clinical trial that's ever been reported on electronic cigarettes. There has been survey evidence and anecdotal reports, but this is the first serious study."
This was the first electronic-cigarette study to follow the patterns of smoking in participants for an entire year. Throughout the study over half of the participants cut down on their tobacco intake using electronic cigarettes. As Dr. Riccardo Polosa, senior author from the University of Catania states "I think the main message of the study is that we can use these products as an extraordinary tobacco control tool."
Dr. Michael Siegel from Boston University School of Public Health supports electronic cigarettes
Tobacco and nicotine researcher Dr. Murray Laugesen states "the study is very positive in that it shows if you smoke even a low- or medium-strength e-cigarette, you can get some increased quitting and decreased smoking." Dr. Laugesen also went on to comment that the study showed good results of quitting smoking and it must be acknowledged this was amongst participants who had no intention or desire to quit smoking.
The study shows that smokers were able to mimic their smoking habits with electronic cigarettes without the harmful chemicals and tar found in regular cigarettes. Siegel, a professor at the Boston University School of Public Health stated he thought electronic cigarettes were a good quitting aid to smokers who had tried other nicotine replacement therapies without success.