Smokers who use e-cigarettes are less likely to quit
It has been argued that e-cigarettes are of benefit to smokers as an alternative to cigarettes. New research counters this proposition by suggesting that smokers who use e-cigarettes are less likely to quit than those who do not use the devices.
The research, published in the American Journal of Public Health (online, 16 April 2015), included 1,000 smokers in California who were assessed twice, 12 months apart. At baseline, one quarter of the sample had used e-cigarettes. At the end of follow-up, e-cigarette users were significantly less likely to have quit or reduced their cigarette consumption compared with those who had never used e-cigarettes.
“Smokers who have used e-cigarettes may be at increased risk for not being able to quit smoking,” conclude the authors. They say the findings have important policy and regulation implications.
Citation: The Pharmaceutical Journal DOI: 10.1211/PJ.2015.20068450
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