Sales of Nicotine Patches and Gums Slow as More Smokers Turn to E-Cigarettes to Quit

Sales of nicotine patches and gums are slowing as more smokers are turning to e-cigarettes to help them quit smoking regular cigarettes, Reuters reports.

Since e-cigarettes are not approved by the Food and Drug Administration as smoking cessation devices, e-cigarette makers cannot market them as quit-smoking aids. Companies get around the restriction by using phrases such as “kiss tobacco goodbye,” with a disclaimer that e-cigarettes are not a smoking cessation product.

Sales of nicotine replacement products worldwide grew 1.2 percent last year, to almost $2.4 billion, the story notes. The United States accounted for $900 million of those sales. The global market for e-cigarettes is $5 billion, with at least half from U.S. sales. Large tobacco companies including Altria, Reynolds American and Lorillard are manufacturing e-cigarettes.

Mark Strobel of the consumer research firm Euromonitor told Reuters e-cigarettes have slowed nicotine replacement therapy sales. “For some consumers it has been a direct substitution,” Strobel said. Other factors for slowing sales include the relatively high prices of nicotine replacement products, as well as a shrinking number of smokers, especially in the United States.

Health experts are debating the role of e-cigarettes’ use in smoking cessation. A study published in 2014 found smokers are 60 percent more likely to be successful in quitting smoking if they switch to e-cigarettes, instead of using nicotine products such as gum or patches. Many health experts are concerned e-cigarettes will become established quit-smoking aids before enough research is done on their impact on health.

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    Angel Tibbs

    July 19, 2015 at 4:29 PM

    I’m with Father Jack. Smoked for 36 years, liked nicotine, and never would have quit.
    17 months vaping, and the taste and smell of cigarettes now make me crave my pomegranate, or mint chocolate, vape.
    Am 54 years old – 55 soon – and had no other health issues but smoking.
    Vaping works. The patches don’t. Use patches to treat Altzheimer’s, learn about NON Big Tobacco vaping – because that’s the kind that works, and sells, and the sellers of this type do not sell cigarettes – and be part of the solution, instead of living in the past and standing in the way.
    Vape on, everybody!

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    Harvey Weiss

    February 1, 2015 at 3:29 PM

    We recently sent an e-newsletter on the dangers of e-cigarettes, vape pens & hookahs – if you would like a copy please contact me at

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    January 30, 2015 at 1:11 PM

    Tobacco use rates are indeed going down dramatically.

    As an ex-tobacco user and cessation specialist, I urge people to stop putting anything in their lungs that would prohibit or delay their lungs from healing from past smoking.

    When nicotine is heated in electronic cigarettes, nitrosamines are formed that can still cause cancer. Also at least 10 ingredients have been found in e-cig vapor that can cause cancer or reproductive harm including metals from the heated battery itself.

    After talking to many people who have tried switching to e-cigarettes and had chest pains after using them, I am especially concerned about the amounts of nicotine that may be contained in their unregulated products. Also many e-cigarettes who are labeled as having no nicotine have been found to have nicotine in them by the FDA.

    Within 3 months of quitting smoking, lung function can increase up to 30%. That’s huge. Circulation and testoterone levels that were reduced by nicotine use increase signifantly also. More oxygen. More energy. More money.

    Nicotine replacement therapy can be an aid in quitting tobacco to reduce the temporary cravings and discomfort of nicotine withdrawal. However, it should only be used a short time with a goal to get all the toxic nicotine out of the body and enjoy the pleasure of feeling great again and saving a ton of money. It’s the best thing we can do for our physical, mental and financial health.

    People can get free help to quit all nicotine products by calling the national quitline at 1800-quit-now. In many states, a quit coach and free nicotine replacement therapy is available also. LIfe won’t be the same. It will be better.

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    L. Miller

    January 29, 2015 at 1:22 PM

    I’m not sure to which research you are referring, but e-cigs aren’t necessarily less harmful than traditional tobacco products. Research is still being conducted, and the preliminary results aren’t looking good for e-cigs. I would be very happy if people who want to quit using nicotine products could quit by using an e-cig, but I’m not seeing that happening. Most people just use more nicotine because they can “vape” indoors even if they can’t smoke.

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    Fr. Jack Kearney

    January 29, 2015 at 11:48 AM

    Wow…smokers themselves have come up with a way to quit smoking without the help of us professionals, and it is hurting Big Tobacco and Big Pharma….and the “public health” tax base. Instead of rejoicing in the fact that people are quitting smoking in a way that research has shown to be 99 less harmful than smoking, these three financial losers are attacking vaping. When are we going to put public health above politics and money?

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