e-Cigarettes: A Hindrance to Quitting?

Arefa Cassoobhoy, MD, MPH


May 04, 2018

Hello. I'm Dr Arefa Cassoobhoy, a practicing internist, Medscape advisor, and senior medical director for WebMD. Welcome to Medscape Morning Report, our 1-minute news story for primary care.

Patients who vape e-cigarettes may be half as likely to give up tobacco compared with smokers who have never vaped.

A new European study analyzed a survey of more than 13,000 current or former smokers with an average age of 50. Of these, about 2500 participants had tried vaping at least once.

The researchers found that daily e-cigarette users had a 48% less chance of quitting tobacco use, and even occasional vapers were 67% less likely to become ex-smokers.

Because e-cigarettes are often promoted as an effective tool to quit smoking, these findings are concerning. We may need to counsel smokers who vape to choose the standard smoking cessation strategies rather than e-cigarettes.

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