Sunday, July 21, 2024

Which Is Better For Quitting Smoking? Champix Or Vaping?


A groundbreaking study now sheds light on the effectiveness of Champix (Varenicline) compared to Vaping (e-cigarettes) in smoking cessation efforts. This investigation, intriguingly timely, dives into which method proves superior for ditching cigarettes.

As someone who has grappled with quitting smoking, I find this study particularly riveting. My personal journey with Champix was marred by significant side effects, though it effectively curbed my smoking habit. Conversely, vaping has kept me smoke-free for five triumphant years, helping me reduce my nicotine intake from 20mg to 6mg.

For those interested in the detailed mechanics and results of this study, you can delve into the full research here.

Study Overview

Conducted in Northern Finland, this randomized, placebo-controlled trial involved 458 adults with moderate to heavy nicotine dependence, all motivated to quit smoking. The study spanned from August 2018 to February 2020, with a comprehensive follow-up period extending 52 weeks.

Study Method

Participants were randomly assigned to one of three groups:

  • 18mg Nicotine-containing e-cigs (vapes) with placebo tablets.
  • Varenicline (Champix) coupled with a nicotine-free vape.
  • Nicotine-free vape and placebo tablets.

Results At A Glance

Results Table

Week 26

  • Nicotine vape group: 40.4% abstinence rate.
  • Champix group: 43.8% abstinence rate.
  • Placebo group: 19.7% abstinence rate.

Week 52

  • Nicotine vape group: 29.3% self-reported non-smoking, 28% confirmed.
  • Champix group: 39.2% self-reported, 37.9% confirmed.
  • Placebo group: 20.5% self-reported, 19.9% confirmed.


Summary of Findings

Champix exhibited a slightly higher success rate in maintaining non-smoking status over a year. However, during the first six months, the results between vaping and Champix were notably similar. Remarkably, the data showed minimal discrepancy between self-reported and confirmed non-smoking statuses, underscoring the reliability of participant reporting.

Final Thoughts

Isn’t it fascinating how a placebo can sometimes trick us into better habits? Whether you’re Team Champix or Team Vape, it looks like the end goal justifies the means. But hey, let’s keep the real victory in focus: fewer puffs, more breaths of fresh air!

What’s your take on these findings? Have you had better luck with vaping or Champix, or perhaps the good old placebo effect kicked in? Share your thoughts below and don’t forget to follow us on for more updates and discussions!

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