Tuesday July 16, 2019

E-cigarettes Found More Effective in Helping Smokers Quit: Study

"This is the first study to show the effectiveness of e-cigarettes combined with behavioural support for giving up smoking, and the results are extremely positive," said Sophia Lowes of Britain-based charity Cancer Research UK

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In this April 11, 2018, photo, an unidentified 15-year-old high school student uses a vaping device near the school's campus in Cambridge, Mass. Health and education officials across the country are raising alarms over wide underage use of e-cigarettes and other vaping products. The devices heat liquid into an inhalable vapor that's sold in sugary flavors like mango and mint — and often with the addictive drug nicotine. VOA

If you are thinking of quitting smoking, electronic cigarettes, commonly known as e-cigarettes, stand a better chance of helping you achieve your goal than nicotine replacement treatments, such as patches and gum, show results of a major clinical trial.

E-cigarettes are almost twice as effective as nicotine replacement treatments at helping smokers to quit, according to a study published in the New England Journal of Medicine.

The trial, which involved almost 900 smokers who also received additional behavioural support, found that 18 per cent of e-cigarette users were smoke-free after a year, compared to 9.9 per cent of participants who were using other nicotine replacement therapies.

“This is the first trial to test the efficacy of modern e-cigarettes in helping smokers quit. E-cigarettes were almost twice as effective as the ‘gold standard’ combination of nicotine replacement products,” said lead researcher Peter Hajek, Professor at Queen Mary University of London.

“Although a large number of smokers report that they have quit smoking successfully with the help of e-cigarettes, health professionals have been reluctant to recommend their use because of the lack of clear evidence from randomised controlled trials. This is now likely to change,” Hajek added.

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A woman smokes an electronic cigarette in London, Aug. 19, 2015. VOA

The new study, which was set-up to test the long-term efficacy of newer refillable e-cigarettes compared with a range of nicotine replacement treatments, was conducted among 886 smokers who attended UK National Health Service stop smoking services.

In addition to e-cigarettes being almost twice as effective, the researchers found that e-cigarette participants reported greater decline in incidence of cough and phlegm production after 52 weeks.

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But e-cigarette participants reported more throat/mouth irritation (65.4 per cent vs 50.8 per cent) and nicotine replacement participants reported more nausea (37.8 per cent vs 31.4 per cent), the results showed.

“This is the first study to show the effectiveness of e-cigarettes combined with behavioural support for giving up smoking, and the results are extremely positive,” said Sophia Lowes of Britain-based charity Cancer Research UK. (IANS)

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53% Smokers Belong to the Age Group of 20-30 Years, Reveals Survey

India is one of those countries reeling under a huge burden of high mortality and morbidity linked with tobacco addiction

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A woman smokes an electronic cigarette in London, Aug. 19, 2015. VOA

A whopping 53 per cent of smokers belong to the age group of 20 to 30 years, a survey has revealed, adding most of them resort to smoking to cope with stress.

According to the survey conducted by Aviss Foundation, every third person in the age group of 15-50 years was addicted to smoking.

“Of all the respondents, which were between the age group of 15 to 50 years, a whopping 33 per cent admitted to smoking addiction,” it said.

The survey revealed that youths took to smoking to beat the stress.

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Hookah smoking is addictive and can lead to the use of other tobacco products such as cigarettes. Pixabay

“According to the survey figures, 56 per cent thought that smoking helped them get relief from stress while 55 per cent of them admitted that they are aware of its ill-effects and were anxious about their health but continue to smoke anyway. Apart from this, 55 per cent had tried to quit smoking but failed, underlying the strong addictive nature of smoking leading to difficulties in giving up,” it added.

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India is one of those countries reeling under a huge burden of high mortality and morbidity linked with tobacco addiction. According to the World Health Organization (WHO), India is home to 12 per cent of the world’s smokers.

“While government policies in India have always been designed carefully around the targeted awareness programmes, the survey figures indicate that it’s time to sit up and fine-tune our strategies to address the issue more effectively,” said Aviss Foundation head Prerana Garg. (IANS)