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HHS HealthBeat (April 22, 2014)

E-cigarettes may not promote quitting

From the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, I’m Ira Dreyfuss with HHS HealthBeat.

A study indicates e-cigarettes may not promote quitting regular cigarettes. At the University of California, San Francisco, Rachel Grana examined data on about 1,000 smokers, including 88 who also used e-cigarettes.

“There was no difference in the rate of quitting tobacco cigarettes between smokers who had used e-cigarettes and those who did not.”

Grana says this fits other research indicating e-cigarettes may not be as helpful for quitting as advertised, but she says her study had too few e-cigarette users to be more sure. She advises using established quitting techniques, including cessation products approved by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration, and quit counseling.

The study in JAMA Internal Medicine was supported by the National Institutes of Health.

Learn more at healthfinder.gov.

HHS HealthBeat is a production of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. I’m Ira Dreyfuss.

Last revised: April 22, 2014