E-cig only facilitates quitters remaining so

by Roberta Lunghini - 2015.06.15

Do e-cigarettes really work? According to the latest study on this subject, coordinated by the Italian National Institute of Health and published in PLOS One, not really. Nay, adding e-cigarettes to tobacco smoking did not facilitate smoking cessation or reduction, but if e-cigarette safety will be confirmed, however, the use of e-cigarettes alone may facilitate quitters remaining so. Follow-up data were available for 236 e-smokers, 491 tobacco smokers, and 232 dual smokers (overall response rate 70.8%). All e-smokers were tobacco ex-smokers. At 12 months, 61.9% of the e-smokers were still abstinent from tobacco smoking; 20.6% of the tobacco smokers and 22.0% of the dual smokers achieved tobacco abstinence. Adjusting for potential confounders, tobacco smoking abstinence or cessation remained significantly more likely among e-smokers, whereas adding e-cigarettes to tobacco smoking did not enhance the likelihood of quitting tobacco and did not reduce tobacco cigarette consumption. E-smokers showed a minimal but significantly higher increase in self-rated health than other smokers. Non significant differences were found in self-reported serious adverse events.

Published in Tabagism.
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