The Best Ways To Quit

Posted 13th January 2021 by Dave Cross
Dr Jamie Hartmann-Boyce, managing editor of Cochrane Tobacco Addiction Group and senior research fellow of the University of Oxford, will be discussing the science behind the most common and most successful ways of quitting smoking for good.

The talk will be streamed live on YouTube. It takes place on Friday 15th January, between 12:45 pm - 1:15 pm.

Oxford University says: “Quitting smoking is a common New Year’s resolution and the single best thing someone who smokes can do for their health. This talk will cover the science behind the most common and most successful ways of quitting for good.”

It is anticipated that Dr Hartmann-Boyce’s talk will include positive statements about vaping. She spoke out about the impact of negative stories in the media back in 2016 [link]. During the same year, she led the group that produced the Cochrane Review update stating: “There's not much debate on whether e-cigarettes are a better alternative for smokers than traditional tobacco” and found that vaping worked as an option for smokers [link].

Last year, Jamie launched into misinformation being spread by Stanton Glantz. She pointed out: “Expert consensus is that regulated, nicotine-containing e-cigarettes are considerably less risky than smoking traditional cigarettes. That said, e-cigarettes are not risk free. For people who don’t smoke, vaping will probably introduce health risks.”

She allayed worries over the EVALI lung outbreak in the United States by highlighting that vitamin E acetate is banned from e-cigarettes in Europe.

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Nicotine is not the harmful ingredient in cigarettes,” she continued, “or in e-cigarettes. It is addictive, so it gets its bad name because it’s part of what makes people keep smoking. But it’s the other ingredients in cigarettes that cause the increased risk of death and disease.” [link]

When Peter Hajek published his ground-breaking study showing how vaping was twice as effective as traditional NRT products, Jamie said: “Experts agree e-cigarettes are considerably less harmful than smoking, so switching is likely to bring substantial health gains.”


  • Competitions for smoking cessation, Cochrane – [link]
  • Rewarding Quitting, Cochrane – [link]
  • A Randomized Trial of E-Cigarettes versus Nicotine-Replacement Therapy” by Hajek, Phillips-Waller, Przulj et al. – [link]
  • Dr Jamie Hartmann-Boyce talk at Oxford University, Friday 15th January, 12:45-1:15 pm – [link]

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 Dave Cross
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