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New Study: E-Cigs Don’t Help You Quit

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Looking to quit? E-Cigs aren’t the solution.

What’s considered to be the lesser of two evils, Electronic Cigarettes, have been seen by many as a safer way to ingest nicotine. Well, a newly published study in the journal¬†JAMA Internal Medicine is poking holes in that theory.

They studied 949 smokers, 88 whom used e-cigarettes at the start. They looked to see if there was a link in e-cig use and successfully quitting regular cigarettes, or lessening consumption at the end of a year. No dice. Although the study was relatively small, their data shows e-cigs don’t help a smoker quit.

Authors of the study suggest, ‘Regulations should prohibit advertising claiming or suggesting that e-cigarettes are effective smoking cessation devices until claims are supported by scientific evidence.’

This isn’t the first study to suggest e-cigarettes ween people off standard cigarettes. Another study found adolescents who use e-cigarettes are more likely to smoke other tobacco products and regular cigarettes!

The debate still wages on as to whether e-cigarettes are a better option than tobacco cigarettes. Time seems to be a key factor in the debate. Electronic cigarettes simply haven’t been around long enough to determine their long-term effect on our bodies.

For tips and resources on how to quit, visit the Maine CDC website or SmokeFree.gov.

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