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E-cigarettes don't help people quit smoking: study

VANCOUVER (NEWS1130) – E-cigarette use is on the rise according to a new study published in the journal Cancer.

The study followed over a thousand newly diagnosed Cancer patients enrolled in a tobacco treatment program and found no suggestion that those using the device made them more likely to quit

Smoking Cessation Director Dr Milan Khara says the long term effects of e-cigarettes aren’t known and his recommendation is to use approved products like patches or prescribed medication if you want to stop smoking.

“When these individuals were followed up, there was no good evidence that those who used e-cigarettes were actually more likely to quit then those who hadn’t used e-cigarettes and when one considers that the e-cigarette is being suggested as a potential smoking cessation device, this study certainly doesn’t bear that out and again that is certainly consistent with many of the other studies that we have seen that have really tried to understand this question as to whether the e-cigarette is an effective smoking cessation device. At this time the evidence from this study and others would not really support that.”

Khara says researchers found a three-fold increase in the use of e-cigarettes between 2012 and 2013. “The electronic cigarette is not entirely without risk certainly compared to tobacco smoke. The vapour from e-cigarettes is conceptually preferable but we really don’t have any good evidence of the long term effects of exposure to the vapours produced by these devices.”

The monitoring of e-cigarettes use is one of the topics being discussed at a meeting of civic leaders happening now in Whistler.