Major Quit-Smoking Study: Vaping is Twice as Effective as NRT

X Common Misconceptions Malaysians Need to Stop Believing About Smoking- WORLD OF BUZZ 4

X Common Misconceptions Malaysians Need to Stop Believing About Smoking- WORLD OF BUZZ 4

Those who used e-cigarettes to quit smoking succeeded at almost double the rate of those using methods like nicotine patches and gum, according to a report in the New England Journal of Medicine. "That's been a real success story for public health and in that context, it's pretty alarming that a new product has come on the market potentially drawing a whole generation into using tobacco", he added.

"2.6 million Australians smoke daily and according to the ABS, since 2014-15 the adult daily smoking rate is "unchanged", he said.

The two groups also received additional behavioural support.

In a reverse analysis, the researchers behind the study also found an association between cigarette smoking and subsequent use of e-cigarettes, "suggesting that e-cigarettes may divert smokers toward e-cigarettes in some youths" while increasing the alternative risk of cigarette initiation among others who initially used e-cigarettes.

The British research, published Wednesday in the New England Journal of Medicine, could influence what doctors tell their patients and shape the debate in the US, where the Food and Drug Administration has come under pressure to more tightly regulate the burgeoning industry amid a surge in teenage vaping. Those dual users may gradually reduce the cigarettes they smoke, as so many vapers do.

Independent experts said the latest trial, funded by Britain's National Institute for Health Research and carried out by researchers from Queen Mary University of London, was robust and well-conducted.

"If you have a method of helping people with smoking cessation that is both more effective and less costly, that should be of great interest to anyone providing health services, " said Kenneth Warner, a retired University of MI public health professor who was not involved in the study.

After one year, 18 percent of the vaping group was abstinent from cigarettes - nearly twice as many as those who used the pharmaceutical nicotine products (9.9 percent).

FDA Commissioner Scott Gottlieb proposed measures in November for restricting sales of most flavored e-cigarettes and limiting them to specialized shops and online retailers that can verify a purchaser's age.

Along with questions about vaping and smoking, the surveys asked about kids' socioeconomic backgrounds and their attitudes about smoking. Nine percent of the participants in the other group were still using gums and other nicotine-replacement products.

There is a new scientific consensus mounting around the contention that, while e-cigarettes may not be completely benign, they are far less harmful than combustible cigarettes, have fewer toxins and can be useful as a tool for smoking cessation.

Participants using e-cigarettes reported more throat/mouth irritation (65.4 per cent vs 50.8 per cent), while nicotine replacement participants reported more nausea (37.8 per cent vs 31.4 per cent).

E-cigarettes can safely help people quit smoking traditional cigarettes, a new study says.

That's why the researchers recommend smokers use FDA-approved NRTs to quit smoking first, and then turn to e-cigs only as a last resort - and either method should be accompanied by behavioral therapy.

"There is substantial evidence that e-cigarettes have less risk than traditional combustible cigarettes, but they are not without risks", Borrelli said. It also was unable to examine how the association of e-cigarette use with cigarette initiation may vary by different products or use behavior patterns. From 2017 to 2018, it increased by 78 percent. This research should give doctors, nurses, pharmacists and Stop Smoking Service advisers further confidence to recommend e-cigarettes as an effective means of quitting. Those devices have largely been overtaken in the Juul and similar devices that have prefilled nicotine cartridges, or pods. First, he said, many don't realize that nicotine is a highly addictive substance.

"E-cigarettes are at least 95% less risky than cigarettes", she said, "and so even if someone is still using an e-cigarette, the benefits outweigh any cons".

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