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E-cigarettes 'much better for quitting smoking'

E-cigarettes 'much better for quitting smoking'”

A major new study provides the strongest evidence yet that vaping can help smokers quit cigarettes, with e-cigarettes proving almost twice as effective as nicotine gums and patches.

"E-cigarettes were nearly twice as effective as the "gold standard" combination of nicotine replacement products". And among participants who had issues with coughing and phlegm before the trial began, significantly fewer in the vaping group had those symptoms after a year.

E-cigarettes were used more frequently and for longer, the trial found. The journal was apparently so embarrassed about the positive results that it commissioned not one but two accompanying editorials slamming e-cigarettes, one offering questionable advice to doctors (insist smokers try and fail with NRT first; use low nicotine vaping products), and the other advocating for a vaping flavor ban. Further, prior e-cigarette users had 4.09 times the odds of having ever smoked a cigarette compared with peers with no previous tobacco use. Controversy abounds and everyone seems to have an opinion, but there are a lot of myths and misconceptions about e-cigarettes that need to be cleared up. Juul's rapid popularity among teens in the USA -which has sparked fears that it could lead more young people to pick up tobacco smoking and reverse the success we've seen with lowering teen smoking rates - might explain the more reluctant attitude of doctors in the enthusiastically embrace e-cigarettes as a cessation aid.

Recent FDA guidance indicate that the use of flavors in e-cigarettes are seen as an attractive alternative to adults who are trying to reduce their consumption of combustible cigarettes. In fact, you might even expect him to plead with current smokers to switch to e-cigarettes.

The report, published Friday in the Journal of the American Medical Association, used data from three yearly intervals of the Population Assessment of Tobacco Health Study between 2013 and 2016 of youths aged 12 to 15 years who had never used cigarettes, e-cigarettes or other tobacco products at the beginning of the time period.

According to the study, after one year, 18 percent of e-cigarette users had stopped smoking while only 9.9 percent of participants were able to quit with the other cessation products. "There is substantial evidence that they are less harmful than traditional cigarettes, but that doesn't mean they are not harmful". After all, not only are e-cigarettes helping people quit, they are 95 percent less harmful than traditional cigarettes.

Both treatment groups also received weekly behavioural support for at least four weeks.

"Our high school tobacco use rate is about 21.6 percent, and that's a bit alarming, because we do know that e-cigarettes and e-cigarette use is at an all-time high, about 78 percent increase (from 2017 to 2018) in our high school who are choosing to use e-cigarettes", JoAnna Strother, director of advocacy for the American Lung Association in Arizona, told KTAR News 92.3 FM on Tuesday.

"We really isolated a very low-risk group of youth, and within that group experimentation with e-cigarettes had a pronounced effect on subsequent cigarette uptake", Stokes said.

That might not seem like a huge success rate, but it's notoriously hard to quit smoking. "It does not support the unlimited availability of e-cigarettes". Those devices have largely been overtaken in the Juul and similar devices that have prefilled nicotine cartridges, or pods.

But as a practical matter, the investigators noted that more American smokers chose e-cigs as a cessation tool than FDA-approved treatments.

For one, the United Kingdom has already been pretty welcoming to the idea of e-cigarette use as a cessation tool. "That's not to say it couldn't be an effective cessation device, but we're just not there yet".

Myth #3: E-cigarettes are just as unsafe as combustibles because they contain nicotine.

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