More Americans Stop Smoking, May be Attributed to E-Cigarettes

Toni Houston
July 28, 2017

"Uniquely, we also found that e-cigarette use had a greater impact on the odds of cigarette experimentation in young "never smokers" who had a firm intention not to smoke and/or whose friends didn't smoke".

E-cigarettes have appeared in the U.S.in 2007 and have been promoted as a less risky alternative to regular cigarettes.

Researchers found that e-cigarette users were more likely to attempt to quit smoking and more likely to succeed than non-users when looking at data from one of the largest representative samples of e-cigarette users to date.

The report was published July 26 in the medical 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.

Pharmacotherapy has been shown to help some people to quit smoking, but not at the same rate as e-cigs.

"It makes no sense to provide smokers less alternatives to help them cut down and quit".


E-cigarettes are less addictive as vapers are not as dependent on their habit as traditional smokers, research revealed last month. US health officials have continued to promote abstinence to the public rather than encourage smokers to switch to less harmful products: online fact sheets published by CDC, FDA, and the National Cancer Institute list multiple health risks associated with smokeless tobacco, but give no indication it is less harmful than cigarettes.

Researchers found that around 65-percent of e-cigarette smoker attempt to quit smoking, compared to 40-percent of those who don't.

Dr Bhatnagar said: 'We just don't know if moving to e-cigarettes is good enough to reduce the harm'. This supports the thesis that less strict control over e-cigarettes would be positive.

Ever users referred to those who had ever tried e-cigarettes, while current users were those who answered "every day" or "some days". As vaping becomes more popular, there's been a lot of debate over the role of e-cigs.

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.

In the United States, public health organizations have focused nearly exclusively on the potential adverse consequences of e-cigarettes for kids, to the detriment of the health of adults who might benefit from a more positive take on e-cigarettes, he said. In 2010 about 1.4% of smokers were users of e-cigarettes.

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