Study Brings Concerning News About E-Cigarettes: They’re Less Useful Than Gum

Study Brings Concerning News About E-Cigarettes: They’re Less Useful Than Gum
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If you’re planning to give up smoking, you might consider forgetting about E-cigarettes if you’ll believe what a new study has to say. The practice of vaping has been found to be less effective than gum and other forms of aid for replacing nicotine, according to CNN.

The new study analyzed data gathered between 2017 and 2019 that belongs to the Population Assessment of Tobacco and Health Study.

No evidence that e-cigarettes can help smokers quit

John P. Pierce, who’s director of population sciences at the University of California’s Moores Cancer Center, declared as CNN quotes:

This is the first time we found e-cigarettes to be less popular than FDA-approved pharmaceutical aids, such as medications or the use of patches, gum, or lozenges. 

Pierce also brought a shocking statement, as quoted by the same source:

There’s no evidence that the use of e-cigarettes is an effective cessation aid.

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), hundreds of thousands of people die every year in the USA alone because of smoking cigarettes. Such statistics made some officials consider harsh decisions for those who choose to smoke. For instance, a new law is expected to be enacted in New Zealand that will forbid the purchase of cigarettes for those who are born after 2008.

Dr. Ayesha Verall, the Health Minister from New Zealand, says that the purpose of the law is to make sure that young citizens will never engage in smoking habits. Of course, health concerns are in the center, as the minister reminds us that smoking can lead to several types of cancer.

Ultimately, perhaps the best way to quit smoking is by simply applying your own will. Or not start smoking in the first place, without intention to offend anyone.

The new study was published in the journal BMJ.


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Cristian Antonescu

Even since he was a child, Cristian was staring curiously at the stars, wondering about the Universe and our place in it. Today he's seeing his dream come true by writing about the latest news in astronomy. Cristian is also glad to be covering health and other science topics, having significant experience in writing about such fields.

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