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E-cigarettes can help smokers quit depending on usage

September, 2017    |

According to a study conducted by Georgetown Lombardi Comprehensive Cancer Center, e-cigarettes prove to be effective in quit success depending on the number of days a person uses an e-cigarette within a particular time period.

“Both cigarette quit attempts and quit success were directly related to the number of days of e-cigarette use,” says the study’s lead author David Levy, PhD, professor of oncology at Georgetown Lombardi. “The odds of quit success increased by 10 per cent with each additional day of e-cigarette use.”

According to the study’s findings, cessation was higher for smokers who used an e-cigarette for five days within the last month, versus those who used an e-cigarette in the past.

“Our findings are consistent with randomized trials and those observational studies that measure frequency of e-cigarette use. These results support of the use of e-cigarette—especially, consistent use—as an effective smoking cessation aid. Since e-cigarettes are generally estimated to have a small proportion of the mortality risks of cigarettes, this represents an important life-saving intervention that doctors can recommend when other forms of treatment fail,” concludes Levy.