More Americans Stop Smoking, May be Attributed to E-Cigarettes

More Americans Stop Smoking, May be Attributed to E-Cigarettes

A new study has claimed that smokers using electronic cigarettes find it easier to kick their nicotine habits than non-vapers.

Researchers found that e-cigarette users were more likely to attempt to quit smoking and more likely to succeed than non-users when looking at data from one of the largest representative samples of e-cigarette users to date.

The report, which surveyed 161,054 people in the U.S. across nearly 15 years, also found that substantially more people in the States are using e-cigarettes, and that this was linked to a "statistically significant increase in the smoking cessation rate at the population level".

Lawmakers in several places - including Texas, Maine, Michigan and Nebraska - have taken steps to raise the minimum age for buying conventional tobacco products and e-cigarettes.

Young people who use e-cigarettes could be more likely to go on to smoke tobacco, according to a study.

The study also found that two-thirds of smokers who used e-cigarettes have tried to quit smoking as opposed to 40% of those who did not use e-cigarettes.

But scientists remain divided over whether e-cigarettes are a "gateway" to smoking or a less harmful tool that helps smokers quit.

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Vaping also increases a wannabe-quitter's chance of success, with eight percent successfully abstaining from cigarettes for at least three months compared to five per cent of traditional smokers, the research adds. The authors write that things like national ad campaigns against smoking and a tobacco tax probably helped, too.

"All we can say is at a time when e-cigarette use is increasing, successful smoking cessation increased, and the prevalence of adults who smoked dropped", said Dr. Steven Schroeder. Of these, 38.2% of current smokers and 49.3% of recent quitters tried e-cigarettes and 11.5% of current smokers and 19% of recent quitters reported current use.

How safe are e-cigarettes?

Current approaches for smoking cessation do not work for a vast majority of smokers; this calls for the need of alternative approaches, like e-cigs. The data included in the study came from individuals who were smoking 12 months before the interview.

"If the 40 million smokers in the USA switched to e-cigarettes, the nation would be a lot healthier for it", Schroeder said.

Research conducted by AACS showed that more than 50% of Australians supported the lifting of bans on nicotine products for e-cigarettes, and that 68% of smokers would try them if they were readily available and cheaper than cigarettes.

"With proper regulation, we could increase the potential of e-cigarettes to reduce the horrific toll of cigarette smoking in our society", he added.

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