E-Cigarette users more likely to quit

  • E-Cigarette users more likely to quit

E-Cigarette users more likely to quit

The study claimed it used the largest representative sample of e-cigarette users among the USA population, and the impact was studied on a larger scale than previous studies.

After stalling for 15 years, the US quit-smoking rate rose to almost 6 percent in 2014-2015, up from less than 5 percent in prior years, according to national survey data.

"Such a data pattern makes it more reasonable to conclude that e-cigarette use contributes to the increase in the overall smoking cessation rate".

"From 2014 to 2015, more e-cigarette users tried to quit cigarette smoking and succeeded in quitting than those who didn't use e-cigarettes", said lead researcher Shu-Hong Zhu, director of the university's Center for Research and Intervention in Tobacco Control. The study also found that around 8 percent of smokers who used e-cigarettes and tried to quit were successful, compared to only around 5 percent of nonusers.

With the rising popularity of e-cigarettes, the debate over whether these devices are a legitimate aid to smoking cessation - or just another way for people to get hooked on nicotine - has raged in recent years. This new study seems to support the second theory. But it did find that e-cigs do have a role in helping people quit. "The important thing is that people continue to try". The authors write that things like national ad campaigns against smoking and a tobacco tax probably helped, too.

"They may do better with e-cigarettes because they may already be motivated to quit", he said. This is the first statistically significant increase observed in population smoking cessation among USA adults in the past 15 years.

How safe are e-cigarettes?

E-cigs possess the potential to reduce a deadly habit that is responsible for more than 480,000 deaths per year in the U.S.

The best way to quit smoking is to use the now recommended methods, Schroeder said.

Here, "cessation rate" was how many people, who were smokers 12 months before the survey, quit for at least three months. Out of 161,054 respondents, 22,548 were current smokers and 2,136 recent quitters.

Kenneth Warner, a professor of public health at the University of MI, welcomed the findings. Most devices heat a liquid nicotine solution into vapour and were promoted to smokers as a less unsafe alternative since they don't contain all the chemicals, tar or odour of regular cigarettes.

In 2016, the U.S. However, the Trump administration has delayed the enforcement of these rules. In 2010 about 1.4% of smokers were users of e-cigarettes. In addition, the types of e-cigarettes used aren't known, the researchers said.

For the study, published today in the journal BMJ, researchers analyzed survey data from over 160,000 people spanning nearly 15 years.