(ORDO NEWS) — People who have switched to e-cigarettes to quit smoking are increasingly finding that they do little to help. On the contrary, more traditional means of quitting smoking are more beneficial, the study emphasizes.
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The study, published in the BMJ, analyzed the latest Tobacco and Public Health Assessment observations from 2017-2019. It tracked American tobacco use over time.
“We found that e-cigarettes are less popular than regulatory-approved pharmaceuticals—drugs, patches, gum, or lozenges,” said John P. Pierce, director of population sciences at UC San Diego’s Moore Cancer Center. “E-cigarettes were also associated with less successful cessation during this time period.”
In fact, a new study found that nearly 60% of recent ex-smokers who smoked e-cigarettes daily had resumed smoking by 2019. “There is no evidence that e-cigarette use helps quit smoking,” Pierce said.
A three-month, randomized UK study published in 2019 found that e-cigarettes, along with changing habits, actually help smokers quit.
In a guideline published in late 2021, the UK’s National Institute for Health and Care decided to recommend that smokers use e-cigarettes to help them quit.
However, real-life studies in the United States have not confirmed this. A 2021 study by his team at Pierce found that people who quit smoking tobacco cigarettes between 2013 and 2016 by switching to e-cigarettes or something else that smoked were 8.5% more likely to resume smoking compared to people who quit all tobacco products.
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