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Health & FitWhen used every day, e-cigarettes could help smokers quit tobacco cigarettes

16:35  24 july  2019
16:35  24 july  2019 Source:   msn.com

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New US research has found that using e - cigarettes daily appears to be effective in helping adult smokers quit tobacco cigarettes . The study used a sample of participants representative of the US adult population, and as it interviewed the same individuals each year, allowed the researchers to see

“Both trials used electronic cigarettes with low nicotine delivery and it is likely that more recent E - cigarettes are helping smokers to quit or substantially cut down the number of cigarettes they Professor Robert West, editor-in-chief of the journal Addiction, said: “It’s early days but it seems that

New US research has found that using e-cigarettes daily appears to be effective in helping adult smokers quit tobacco cigarettes.

When used every day, e-cigarettes could help smokers quit tobacco cigarettes© vchal / Istock.com Daily e-cigarette use could be help some smokers quit regular cigarettes, according to new research.

Carried out by a team from Massachusetts General Hospital's (MGH) Tobacco Research and Treatment Center, the new study looked at more than 8,000 adult smokers who were taking part in the Population Assessment of Tobacco and Health (PATH) study.

The study used a sample of participants representative of the US adult population, and as it interviewed the same individuals each year, allowed the researchers to see how each participant's tobacco use changed over time.

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Researchers find those using e - cigarettes daily, especially ones with refillable tanks, made more effort to give up over a year than infrequent users. Two new research papers suggest e - cigarettes may help smokers trying to kick the habit, but only if they are used every day , instead of infrequently.

Smokers who use e - cigarettes to quit are more likely to succeed than those who use willpower alone or buy nicotine replacement therapies, such as The University College London team said they were "cautiously positive" about the role e - cigarettes could play. E - cigarette use has shot up in recent

Using the study data, the team measured how likely participants were to quit smoking and successfully stay off cigarettes, comparing daily and non-daily e-cigarette users with those who smoked only regular tobacco cigarettes.

The findings, published online in Nicotine and Tobacco Research, showed that smokers who used e-cigarettes every day were more likely to quit tobacco cigarettes within one year. Daily e-cigarette use was also associated with a 77 percent increased chance of staying off cigarettes over the next two years compared to e-cigarette non-users. However, smokers who used e-cigarettes, but not daily, were no more likely than non-users to stay off regular cigarettes.

"This finding suggests that smokers who use e-cigarettes to quit smoking need to use them regularly -- every day -- for these products to be most helpful," says lead author Sara Kalkhoran.

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On the first question — can e - cigarettes help some people quit smoking — that consensus is increasingly They found that smokers who used an e - cigarette only once or a few times were less likely to Using e - cigarettes for at least five days in a month increased the odds of quitting by 59

The E - cigarette , or electronic cigarette , is a healthier alternative that many heavily addicted smokers have switched over to, says the E - cigarette industry. When citing examples of how electronic cigarettes have helped people quit tobacco smoking , the industry uses anecdotal evidence

"Smokers who plan to stop smoking should still be encouraged to first use FDA-approved therapies rather than e-cigarettes," says Nancy Rigotti, MD, senior author of the paper. "But this study suggests e-cigarettes may be helpful for some smokers who are not able to quit with these existing treatments," she added.

FDA-approved therapies include varenicline, bupropion, or nicotine patches, gum, or lozenges.

Although e-cigarettes contain nicotine, they do not burn tobacco, which is responsible for many of the health problems associated with regular cigarettes.

"For a smoker, e-cigarettes are less harmful to their health than continuing to smoke cigarettes, says Rigotti, "But e-cigarettes have become popular so quickly that many questions remain about how they can best be used to help smokers to quit and minimize any harm."

Previous research has already linked e-cigarettes to a range of health problems including an increased risk of heart attack, an increased risk of pneumonia, damage to lung cells and damage to the immune system's white blood cells, suggesting that using them comes with its own set of health risks.

The FDA also launched this week its first e-cigarette prevention TV ads to educate children and teens about the dangers of e-cigarette use to address what it refers to as "the troubling epidemic of youth vaping."

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