E-cigarette use may increase smoking cessation in US

E-cigarette use may increase smoking cessation in US

The latest research done in the US has looked into the habits of people who do use them and found out that they played a bit role in helping them quit.

E-cigarettes have appeared in the U.S.in 2007 and have been promoted as a less risky alternative to regular cigarettes. These surveys provided smoking-cessation rates, and the most recent survey, from 2014 to 2015, had information about e-cigarette usage.

The research was published online Wednesday in the journal, BMJ.

"Use of e-cigarettes was associated both with a higher quit rate for individuals as well as at the population level; driving an increase in the overall number of people quitting", said Shu-Hong Zhu, study author and UC San Diego professor of Family Medicine and Public Health and director of the Center for Research and Intervention in Tobacco Control, in a statement.

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. But it did find that e-cigs do have a role in helping people quit.

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With the rising popularity of e-cigarettes, the debate over whether these devices are a legitimate aid to smoking cessation - or just another way for people to get hooked on nicotine - has raged in recent years.

But scientists remain divided over whether e-cigarettes are a "gateway" to smoking or a less harmful tool that helps smokers quit.

They found that 65 percent of smokers who used e-cigarettes attempted to quit, while only 40 percent of those not using the devices tried to quit smoking.

Zhu added that a national tobacco control campaign that began airing in 2012 probably also helped boost quit rates.

"We are pretty confident that e-cigarettes are less unsafe, but that is only because cigarettes are so bad", he said. Of these, 38.2% of current smokers and 49.3% of recent quitters tried e-cigarettes and 11.5% of current smokers and 19% of recent quitters reported current use.

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Today's study didn't address whether e-cigs are luring people who would otherwise be nonsmokers.

"If the 40 million smokers in the US switched to e-cigarettes, the nation would be a lot healthier for it", Schroeder said.

Earlier this month, a House panel renewed its efforts to prevent the Food and Drug Administration from requiring safety reviews of e-cigarettes already on the market. Most devices heat a liquid nicotine solution into vapour and were promoted to smokers as a less risky alternative since they don't contain all the chemicals, tar or odour of regular cigarettes.

One limitation of the study is that details on how participants actually stopped smoking weren't available.

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