More E-cigarettes = Less Smoking, Study Finds

Published By : 01 Sep 2017 | Published By : QYRESEARCH

E-cigarettes have sparked a fierce debate in the healthcare sector about their merits and demerits, with their claims to helping smokers quit becoming stronger with new studies. A significant and vocal lobby still remains opposed to the use of e-cigarettes as a quitting aid for smokers, but new studies and the new approaches taken by different teams of researchers are coming closer than ever to proving them wrong. The need for vast data sets to derive universally applicable conclusions on the utility of e-cigarettes has held back the field, as researchers take their time to reach a consensus. The priority given by various government bodies to smoking cessation as a positive advancement is likely to drive multifaceted research in this field in the coming years.

While studies have increasingly shown that e-cigarettes help smokers quit, a new meta-analytical study examining smoking cessation and e-cigarette use figures has come to a counterintuitive conclusion: Smoking more e-cigarettes is beneficial in quitting smoking.

What Does the Study Say?

The new study, conducted by researchers headed by David T. Levy, Ph.D. at Georgetown University Lombardi Comprehensive Cancer Center and published in tobacco-centric medical journal Nicotine & Tobacco Research, examined figures from a 2014-15 survey of smokers regarding how many times they had attempted to quit and how many had succeeded. A total of 23,633 smokers were surveyed in the study, of whom close to 11,000 had tried to quit smoking at least once. More than 8,000 had failed to sustain having quit smoking, but close to 1,600 had managed to remain off nicotine for up to a year.

The study finds that those who smoked e-cigarettes for at least five days a month were around 60% more likely to quit smoking successfully, while smoking e-cigarettes for 20 days a month doubled the user’s chances of successfully quitting. The study sheds light on previous misinterpretations about e-cigarette due to the lack of detailed analysis about the frequency of e-cigarette usage and could be a significant milestone in the growing support for e-cigarettes as a smoking cessation tool.

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