E-Cigarette users more likely to quit

E-Cigarettes Aid in Smoking Cessation US Study Suggests

E-Cigarettes Aid in Smoking Cessation US Study Suggests

E-cigarettes vaporize liquid nicotine, so they deliver the drug directly instead of burning tobacco and creating tar, which has cancer-causing chemicals.

A study published Wednesday in The BMJ journal found that about two-thirds of e-cigarette smokers tried to quit smoking.

"It was the e-cigarette users who quit at a clearly higher rate (8.2%) that brought the overall population cessation rate to a higher level", Professor Zhu-Hong Zhu wrote.

Peter Hajek, director of the health and lifestyle research unit at Queen Mary University, who was not involved in the study, said: 'It's absolutely clear that e-cigarettes help smokers replace cigarettes'.

Sally Haw, professor of public and population health, said: "The greater impact of e-cigarette use on young people thought to be at lower risk of starting smoking is of particular concern".

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Tobacco companies want US regulators to approve new marketing claims for smokeless products as a safer alternative to smoking, and some public-health advocates agree.

A link was found between the use of the electronic devices by those who have never tried smoking and their first experimentation with cigarettes in the following year.

The study called E-cigarette use and associated changes in population smoking cessation: evidence from USA current population surveys, was carried out by researchers from the Department of Family Medicine and Public Health, and Moores Cancer Center, both at the University of California.

And convenience store owners worry sales of other products will decrease if fewer customers are coming in to buy cigarettes. It's based on the largest representative sample of smokers and e-cigarette users available.

"All we can say is at a time when e-cigarette use is increasing, successful smoking cessation increased, and the prevalence of adults who smoked dropped", said Dr. Steven Schroeder.

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How safe are e-cigarettes?

AACS CEO Jeff Rogut has argued that while the ban remains in place, e-cigarette users must source their nicotine online without quality assurance. "But if those don't work - try an e-cigarette".

"Other interventions that occurred concurrently, such as a national campaign showing evocative ads that highlight the serious health consequences of tobacco use and state tobacco control efforts, no doubt played a role", said Zhu, about the high numbers of smoking cessation. The report said another limitation was that this study was not a randomized trial at the population level.

E-cig users also report finding it easier to refrain from their habit when in no-vaping areas, the study found. E-cigarette use and associated changes in population smoking cessation: evidence from United States current population surveys.

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