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A major new study provides the strongest evidence yet that vaping can help smokers quit cigarettes, with e-cigarettes proving almost twice as effective as nicotine gums and patches.

At the same time, Rigotti and other experts cautioned that no vaping products have been approved in the help smokers quit.

"This is now likely to change".

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.

Writing in an editorial to accompany the New England Journal of Medicine research, Boston professors Belinda Borrelli and George O'Connor said: 'While e-cigarettes are "safer" than traditional cigarettes, they are not without risks.

These myths continue to be perpetuated by interest groups who are ill-informed and who ignore the real science behind vaping, which clearly shows unbiased reports that it is safer than combustibles, and that those who switch from combustible cigarettes to vaping will avoid numerous health risks common to smoking.

The NHS-funded study identified "vaping" as six times more effective than trying to kick the habit alone. By the third survey, 6.1 percent of these kids reported smoking or having tried traditional cigarettes.

The researchers didn't test e-cigarettes against new drugs such as Pfizer's Chantix, which has shown higher rates of success than older nicotine-based treatments.

And while Gottlieb continues to promote the idea that there's a teen vaping epidemic, the data doesn't bare this out at all.

"Smokers have a range of options available to help them quit, including nicotine replacement therapy, prescription medication or e-cigarettes".

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.

In the new study, researchers tracked almost 900 middle-age smokers who were randomly assigned to receive either e-cigarettes or nicotine replacement products, including patches, gums and lozenges.

According to Martin Dockrell, tobacco control lead at Public Health England, "this landmark research shows that switching to an e-cigarette can be one of the most effective ways to quit smoking, especially when combined with face-to-face support". The e-cigarette users were also more likely to cut down their smoking by 50 per cent or more, even if they didn't quit entirely. The findings may deal a blow to the vaping industry, which has come under fire by the FDA for allegedly marketing to teenagers by using fruit flavors.

The report was released on the same day as a separate study by the Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health that found common e-cigarette flavors may harm users' lungs.

All participants received weekly one-on-one behavioural support for at least four weeks, with expired air carbon monoxide monitoring. The finding that e-cigarettes are nearly twice as effective as NRTs is similar to the results of a survey that health psychologist Robert West and his colleagues conducted several years ago. From 2017 to 2018, it increased by 78 percent.

A saleswoman holds an e-cigarette as she demonstrates vaping at the Vape Shop that sells e-cigarette products in Beijing, China January 30, 2019. Those devices have largely been overtaken in the Juul and similar devices that have prefilled nicotine cartridges, or pods. Any benefit of e-cigarettes depends on the individual product and how it is used, he said.

"It is a fundamental mistake to think that all e-cigarettes are alike, " Myers said. "And in the absence of FDA regulation, a consumer has no way of knowing if the product they are using has the potential to help them or not".

Armitage, who has smoked for 15 years, said he also tried nicotine patches but found they irritated his skin.



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