Electronic Cigarettes for Smoking Cessation: Cochrane Living Systematic Review
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- Plain language briefing [November 2023]
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-Briefing materials for companion projects on biomarkers, flavours and longer-term use of e-cigarettes’
News and impact
Access selected press coverage received for the Electronic cigarettes for smoking cessation Cochrane review.
Disclaimer: by listing the articles we are not endorsing their content.
This review has been presented to numerous national and international bodies. For a list of selected presentations please click on the link below.
Since coming on the market over a decade ago, electronic cigarettes have caused a considerable stir in the public health community. It is of prime importance that the debate around this issue is based on high quality, relevant and up to date scientific data.
We want to be able to include all the evidence as it becomes available to ensure that the findings are as comprehensive as possible. With support from Cancer Research UK, we are searching monthly for new evidence for our Cochrane review of electronic cigarettes for smoking cessation (a “living systematic review” approach). Cochrane systematic reviews are recognised as the highest standard in evidence-based healthcare, bringing together primary research data to facilitate evidence based choices about health interventions. In April 2021 the first update to the review since it became a living review has been published.
Since its first publication in 2014, this review has contributed to national and international guidelines. There is a huge amount of misinformation circulating about electronic cigarettes, and we are actively involved in sharing the evidence with diverse audiences. This webpage provides the latest information from and on our review, which evaluates the safety and effect of using e-cigarettes to help people quit smoking. For our key findings see the latest version of the living review or our briefing documents, links above.
This review has informed numerous national and international healthcare guidelines. Click here for examples.
Monthly search findings
To access the records picked up in our monthly searches since the publication of the last review update please click on the link below.
Lindson N. et al, (2017), Addiction, 112, 2257 - 2271
Lindson-Hawley N. et al, (2018), Nicotine and Tobacco Research, 20, 147 - 153
The Cochrane review of electronic cigarettes for smoking cessation: Remaining focused on the evidence
Notley C. et al, (2021), European Respiratory Journal, 58
Longer-term use of electronic cigarettes when provided as a stop smoking aid: Systematic review with meta-analyses.
Butler AR. et al, (2022), Prev Med
Biomarkers of potential harm in people switching from smoking tobacco to exclusive e-cigarette use, dual use or abstinence: secondary analysis of Cochrane systematic review of trials of e-cigarettes for smoking cessation
Hartmann-Boyce J. et al, (2022), Addiction
Podcasts & videos
In this blog, Jamie Hartmann-Boyce from the Cochrane Tobacco Addiction Group and Martin Dockrell from the Office of Health Improvement and Disparities share 7 things you need to know about e-cigarettes and quitting smoking, with evidence from the Cochrane Living Review of E-cigarettes and Smoking Cessation.
Meet the team
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