April 7th, 2014
You’ve seen them all over town. People who have their fingers around an e-cigarette, instead of puffing on a conventional cigarette.
Public health experts continue to debate whether e-cigarettes are a better option than smoking tobacco, or just an alternative way for smokers to inhale nicotine. And only adding fuel to that debate is a new study suggesting that e-cigarettes do not help smokers quit nor do they reduce a smokers’ use of conventional cigarettes.
Published in the journal JAMA Internal Medicine, the study looked at self-reports from 949 smokers-88 who used e-cigarettes at the start of the study and sought to determine whether e-cigarette use was linked to successfully quitting regular cigarettes. Or at least linked to lessening consumption at the end of a year. The researchers found that this was not the case. They concluded that their data adds to the current body of evidence that e-cigarettes do not help people quit smoking.
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