A new research done by UCSF shows that e-cigarettes don’t help people quit smoking. In fact, the study showed that they are more likely to continue smoking than the people who do not use e-cigarettes at all.
For the study, data was collected from 38 studies conducted worldwide. The persons who choose to smoke e-cigarettes decrease their chances of quitting smoking with 28%. According to one of the researchers, Stanton Glantz, the findings of the study show an irony, as the people who use the e-cigarettes use them because they are trying to quit smoking. He also said that even though the e-cigarettes are less dangerous than those based on nicotine, the main issue is that the people who smoke e-cigarettes also smoke normal cigarettes.
The Preventive Services Task Force of the United States stated last year that the vaping pens also known as e-cigarettes had no effect for the people who tried to quit smoking and therefore they didn’t recommend them. The people who manufacture these cigarettes often promote them as a way to smoke in the places where the nicotine is prohibited. This is highly misleading though, as where the smoking is banned, almost always that includes the e-cigarettes as well. In the United States, more than 430 cities ban the smoking of nicotine and of e-cigarettes as well.
The conclusion of the study has already raised many controversies, with the former director of the Action on Smoking and Health in the United Kingdom, questioning the methodology used for the study. He said that the results of the study are not accurate, since the study only synthesized other studies. The director of the Tobacco Dependence Research Unit, Peter Hajek, agreed and said that the review could be misleading. Hajek also said that the medication used when people try to quit smoking could be considered inefficient as well, by the researchers of the study, which is not at all true. Other people who did not agree with the results of the study and were very vocal about it were Professor Robert West from the University College London and Professor Ann McNeill. McNeill, who is a tobacco addiction professor said that the results are not scientific and that they should not be considered accurate.
The study’s findings that the e-cigarettes don’t help people quit smoking were published in in The Lancet Respiratory Medicine journal.
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