E-cigarettes May Help Smokers Quit The Nasty Habit

E-cigarettes linked to helping people quit smoking

They said in the paper: 'This study, based on the largest representative sample of e-cigarette users to date, provides a strong case that e-cigarette use was associated with an increase in smoking cessation at the population level. The U.S. research is the largest look yet at electronic cigarette users and it found e-cigarettes played a role in helping people quit.

According to a new study out of UC San Diego, during 2015 the annual quit rate went up to about 6% from its long-time average of 4.5%.

The rate of people quitting smoking increased to 5.6 percent in 2014-15 which suggested that around 35,000 smokers quit the habit.

A 1 percent increase in the smoking cessation rate represents about 350,000 additional smokers, Zhu said.

Study author Professor Guodong Liu from Penn State College of Medicine, said: 'No doubt about it, e-cigarettes are addictive, but not at the same level as traditional cigarettes'.

The Truth Initiative, a US antismoking group, has embraced the so-called "harm reduction" approach, advising smokers who are unable to quit to switch to products such as Swedish-style tobacco pouches called snus or "properly regulated" e-cigarettes.

One limitation of the study is that details on how participants actually stopped smoking weren't available. "For the first time in a long time, we are seeing more people quitting".

"E-cigarette users were more likely than non-users to attempt to quit smoking, 65.1% v 40.1% (change=25.0%, 95% confidence interval 23.2% to 26.9%), and more likely to succeed in quitting, 8.2% v 4.8% (3.5%, 2.5% to 4.5%)".

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Cigarette smoking habits have been declining in the United States over the past decade.

A report published by the British Medical Journal (BMJ) claims that e-cigarette users are more likely than non-users to successfully quit smoking - for at least three months.

Zhu added that a national tobacco control campaign that began airing in 2012 probably also helped boost quit rates. The data included in the study came from individuals who were smoking 12 months before the interview.

"This is the first statistically significant increase observed in population smoking cessation among U.S. adults in almost a quarter of a century".

How safe are e-cigarettes?

Ever users referred to those who had ever tried e-cigarettes, while current users were those who answered "every day" or "some days". "But if those don't work - try an e-cigarette".

Dr Bhatnagar said: 'We just don't know if moving to e-cigarettes is good enough to reduce the harm'.

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

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