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E-cigarettes study: Vaping fail to help smokers to quit

A recent study of researchers have found e-cigarettes aren’t helping people to quit smoking.

The study pulled data from Quitline callers during an eight-month period which included 36 people using e-cigarettes, 36 clients reporting previous use and 15 who had not used the devices.

Many e-cigarette devices used did not contain nicotine cartridges and some people were using them in conjunction with other pharmacotherapies.

“They were using that hand to mouth action, but it actually enhanced their smoking and it was just the same thing, they were continuing to smoke”

She says people were also worried about the unknown impacts of vaping on their health.

“We maintain serious concerns about the safety of e-cigarettes, particularly given that it delivers chemicals directly to the lungs.”

Cancer Council SA manager of tobacco control Lauren Maksimovic said the majority of e-cigarette smokers reported the devices failed to help reduce their cravings or quit.

“A majority of the people reported that they were using them to try to quit attempts,” she said.

“They were also using them to replace the hand to mouth action … and what we found was that didn’t help them to quit smoking.

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