E-cigarette smoking has been a very controversial topic that stirred different opinions around the world. Many have claimed that allowing e-cigs can cause greater addiction to smoking and just recently, Mayor Cuomo of NYC has banned e-cigs in high schools.
But now the claims are debunked as a 15 year old study has proved that e-cigs do not promote smoking but help prevent it.
A peer reviewed study by Shu Hong-Zhu, Yue-Lin Zhuan, Shiushing Wong, Sharon E. Cummins, and Gary J. Tedeschi, all affiliated with the University of California, San Diego published in The BMJ have analyzed data gathered through surveys from 161, 000 participants over the period of 2001-2015 to examine the relationship between e-cigarettes and smoking cessation.
” The share of smokers attempting to quit is high for all groups, but substantially higher for those who used e-cigarettes in the previous year. Sixty-five percent of those smokers tried to quit, compared to 40 percent for others. E-cigarette users also had a higher cessation rate, successfully quitting for three months, at 8.2 percent compared to 4.8 percent, a 73 percent relative increase.
There are limitations to this study that make it less definitive than a randomized trial, as they note. Survey responses are susceptible to bias, and the results could be driven by other outside factors.
The authors look at two possible extraneous factors that may have influenced smoker behavior over the period: a 158 percent increase in the national cigarette tax and a national smoking-cessation media campaign.
While there was a small, statistically significant increase in quit attempts between 2006 and 2011, the total cessation rate held steady at 4.5 percent for both surveys. The authors suggest that the lack of an effect on successful efforts to quit smoking “accentuates the difficulty in improving quit rates at the population level. ” – MORE HERE
Recently, the FDA has extended the deadline on E-cig products.
The deadline for e-cigarettes and all ENDS has now been pushed back to August 2022. The extension is a welcome development and part of what the agency says is “demonstrating a greater awareness that nicotine – while highly addictive – is delivered through products that represent a continuum of risk and is most harmful when delivered through smoke particles in combustible cigarettes. – MORE HERE
This news can be hope to vapers out there, a new hope for the vaping community.