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E-Cigarettes Could Be More Addictive Than Tobacco Among Smokers

17.04.2015  |  13:44
E-Cigarettes Could Be More Addictive Than Tobacco Among Smokers

Researchers at University of California, San Diego School of Medicine have found that E-Cigarettes are not a helpful tool in quitting smoking

Researchers at University of California, San Diego School of Medicine have found that E-Cigarettes are not a helpful tool in quitting smoking.

The study done on a 1000 people over a year, found that the battery operated Vaporizers had not assisted tobacco cessation in their population sample. This is contrary to an earlier major scientific study from last year, which concluded that smokers who try to reduce their smoking habit are more likely to succeed by using e-cigarettes devices. Majority of E-Cigarettes ‘vapors' are trying to quit smoking tobacco. The new study suggests that 59 per cent are less likely to quit smoking, compared to smokers who never used e-cigarettes, and 49 percent are less likely to decrease cigarette use.

The study was published online on April 16 in the American Journal of Public Health.

"Based on the idea that smokers use e-cigarettes to quit smoking, we hypothesized that smokers who used these products would be more successful in quitting," said Wael Al-Delaimy, MD, PhD, professor and chief of the Division of Global Public Health in the Department of Family Medicine and Public Health. "But the research revealed the contrary. We need further studies to answer why they cannot quit. One hypothesis is that smokers are receiving an increase in nicotine dose by using e-cigarettes."

Although e-cigarettes do not contain tobacco, users, known colloquially as "vapers," exhale a mixture of volatile organic compounds, heavy metals and ultrafine particles that usually contain aerosolized nicotine in a cloud of vapor.

The findings show that daily smokers and women were more likely to have tried e-cigarettes. Al-Delaimy believes the study will inform the United States Food and Drug Administration and other regulators on the profile of e-cigarette usage among smokers as they create guidelines for e-cigarettes amid continued discussion about product safety and its attraction to people who have never used traditional cigarettes.

In January, the California Department of Public Health (CDPH) released the State Health Officer's Report on E-Cigarettes, a health advisory that addressed the health risks posed by the marketing, sale and use of e-cigarettes.

"There is a lot of misinformation about e-cigarettes," said CDPH director and state health officer, Ron Chapman, MD, MPH. "That is why, as the state's health officer, I am advising Californians to avoid the use of e-cigarettes and keep them away from children of all ages."

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