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E-cigarettes help people quit smoking, study says

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Arthur Frazier | 28 July, 2017, 00:26

The study indicates e-cigarette users were more likely to quit for at least three months than non users (traditional cigarette smokers).

The study authors have used a large data set to address whether e-cigarettes can help adults break the cigarette habit and they determined "e-cigarettes are helping smokers to quit", Warner said.

It all coincides with the increased popularity of e-cigarettes.

The report was published July 26 in the medical journal BMJ.

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.

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

"E-cigarettes have not been demonstrated to be effective as a smoking cessation device, and the overall evidence is that it makes it harder to quit", said Dr. Stanton Glantz, a tobacco control expert at the University of California, San Francisco.

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Results showed that 65 per cent of e-cigarette users tried to quit, versus 40 per cent of smokers who didn't vape.

To assess e-cigarette use and associated changes in population smoking cessation in the U.S., researchers analyzed data from U.S. Current Population Survey-Tobacco Use Supplement for 2001, 2003, 2006, 2010 and 2014. Traditional cigarette smoke is estimated to raise a smoker's' risk for cancer by less than 1 part in 1,000, therefore, the risk of formaldehyde in the vapor of e-cigs is not as significant.

"They may do better with e-cigarettes because they may already be motivated to quit", he said.

Regulation policies on e- cigarettes differ from country to country.

The AHA said it is reasonable for physicians to support a patient's use of an e-cigarette to stop smoking if they have failed approved therapies and would like to try this approach. As vaping becomes more popular, there's been a lot of debate over the role of e-cigs. "But analysis of the [Current Population Survey-Tobacco Use Supplement] most recent data presents a strong case that e-cigarette use contributed to an increase in smoking cessation at the population level".

Ever users referred to those who had ever tried e-cigarettes, while current users were those who answered "every day" or "some days". Food and Drug Administration finalized rules to regulate e-cigarettes.

Whilst this report used the largest representative sample of smokers and e-cigarette users available to date, it still has some weaknesses.

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