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Tuesday, August 19, 2014

More People Use E-Cigarettes for Smoking Cessation

its hard keeping this one on one hand and the ...A new study has found that that more smokers use e-cigarettes to help with smoking cessation than prescription drugs like Chantix or nicotine alternatives like gums and patches. E-cigarettes have been in the spotlight over the last year as cities and states work with health officials to determine how to treat the popular devices. 

The firm Kantar Media, conducted a study of consumer behavior by mailing a questionnaire about health-related behavior to about 50,000 American households, and 20,000 people responded, according to Time. In the last year, the survey showed that of adults who said they used a product to help them quit smoking, 57 percent used e-cigarettes, 39 percent used a prescription drug like Chantix, and 39 percent used over-the-counter gums or patches. 

The study found that almost 6 million adults in the United States use e-cigarettes, while 44 million use a tobacco or nicotine product. The research showed that the average E-cigarette users are more likely than the national average to be young and male and have a lower income.

E-cigarettes are still in their infancy, which means there has been little research on the efficacy of e-cigarettes as useful smoking cessation products; experts continue to debate whether or not they are effective tools. In May, a study was published in the journal Addiction which found that smokers who switch to e-cigarettes are 60 percent more likely to be successful in quitting smoking, when compared to gums or patches

However, a group of leading lung health organizations issued a position statement which urged governments to ban or limit the use of e-cigarettes until more research is conducted and more is known about the devices’ health effects. The Forum of International Respiratory Societies, comprised of more than 70,000 members worldwide, said, “Since electronic cigarettes generate less tar and carcinogens than combustible cigarettes, using electronic cigarettes may reduce disease caused by those components. However, the health risks of electronic cigarettes have not been adequately studied. Studies looking at whether electronic cigarettes can aid smoking cessation have had inconsistent results.”

The Kantar Media study did not determine if e-cigarettes are an effective tool to quit smoking, according to the article.

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