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The first evidence that e-cigarettes help to stop smoking

This may be the first tangible evidence that e-cigarettes have helped to stop smoking
"Does e-cigarettes help smokers quit or glorify a potentially unhealthy habit?" Public health experts are divided on the issue, but a new study suggests for the first time that these devices may be more harmful to some people than they are to others.

The study, published in the journal of addiction behavior, looked at changes in smoking cessation patterns in the United States since the introduction of e-cigarettes in 2010, which are vaporized liquid nicotine rather than devices that burn tobacco and tar.

Researchers at Columbia and Rutgers University analyzed data from a two-year annual household survey and analyzed two groups of people: current smokers and former smokers, who quit e-cigarettes before or before 2010.

Of the roughly 15,500 adults the researchers studied, those who said they used e-cigarettes every day were more likely to quit regular cigarettes than those who said they had never tried them. In fact, more than half of e-cigarette users have quit smoking every day in the past five years, compared with 28 percent of those who have never tried.

In other words, the single most powerful predictor of someone quitting is daily use of e-cigarettes.
"Our findings suggest that regular use of e-cigarettes may play an important role in preventing smoking cessation or relapse in some smokers," said DanielGiovenco, assistant professor of social medical science at Columbia University's school of mail public health and lead author DanielGiovenco. The study builds on previous observational studies that suggest that e-cigarettes can help smokers quit. A large study of more than 160,000 people over 15 years published in BMJ last July found that e-cigarette smokers not only tried to stop smoking more frequently, but were more successful (at least for a few months) than those who did not use them.

Nevertheless, these studies are observational and limited. Because observational studies focus on the population and its behavior over time, it is difficult to determine whether other conflict factors do not influence the results of their studies. It is also worth noting that this study does not address whether e-cigarettes attract people who are not already smokers.

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