In a Haze About e-Cigarettes? 5 Things to Know

John Watson

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July 31, 2018

Are e-Cigarettes an Effective Smoking Cessation Tool?


 

There is wide debate as to whether e-cigarettes improve smoking cessation in adult populations, with research providing conflicting results.[15,16]

How you use e-cigarettes while trying to quit may be key. Evidence suggests that irregular use does not improve tobacco abstinence[17]; however, current smokers who used e-cigarettes more frequently had higher rates of success.[16]

In adolescents, the trends point definitively in an opposite, decidedly troubling direction. Multiple studies in different populations and cultures have shown that those who regularly use e-cigarettes are more likely to eventually switch to smoking tobacco products.[18,19,20,21,22,23,24,25,26]

One recent analysis even showed that simple exposure to e-cigarette advertisements was associated with progression to first-time tobacco use.[27] Even if we're past the days of Joe Camel and other cartoon enticements to smoke, the dark arts of persuasion may still be at work.

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