Cigarettes Users More Likely To Quit Smoking, Study Finds

Smokers who also use e-cigarettes are more likely to kick the habit a new research reveals

A customer puffs on an e-cigarette at the Henley Vaporium in New York City. E-cigarette users were also much more likely than non-users to try to quit smoking in the first place.

After stalling for 15 years, the US quit-smoking rate rose to almost 6 percent in 2014-2015, up from less than 5 percent in prior years, according to national survey data.

"The rate at which people have made a quit attempt or successfully quit smoking has stagnated for many years", said Dr. Kurt Ribisl, a professor at the University of North Carolina and a member of the FDA's Tobacco Products Scientific Advisory Committee. However, only 40 percent of smokers who did not use e-cigarettes tried the same. The usage of e-cigarettes among smokers had increased dramatically by 2014, with estimates from various studies ranging from 15% to 30%.

"Use of e-cigarettes was associated both with a higher quit rate for individuals as well as at the population level; driving an increase in the overall number of people quitting", said Shu-Hong Zhu, study author and UC San Diego professor of Family Medicine and Public Health and director of the Center for Research and Intervention in Tobacco Control, in a statement.

Whilst this report used the largest representative sample of smokers and e-cigarette users available to date, it still has some weaknesses.

"Uniquely, we also found that e-cigarette use had a greater impact on the odds of cigarette experimentation in young "never smokers" who had a firm intention not to smoke and/or whose friends didn't smoke".

Mr Hajek said: 'It's absolutely clear that e-cigarettes help smokers replace cigarettes'.

Smokers who use e-cigarettes are more likely to quit using conventional cigarettes.

"All we can say is at a time when e-cigarette use is increasing, successful smoking cessation increased, and the prevalence of adults who smoked dropped", said Dr. Steven Schroeder. The 1.1 percent increase represents about 350,000 additional smokers who quit in a 12-month period. Of these, 38.2% of current smokers and 49.3% of recent quitters tried e-cigarettes and 11.5% of current smokers and 19% of recent quitters reported current use.

"We are pretty confident that e-cigarettes are less risky, but that is only because cigarettes are so bad", he said.

Other study limitations included not addressing the long-term effects of e-cigs or investigating if the use of e-cigs leads people to start smoking.

Current approaches for smoking cessation do not work for a vast majority of smokers; this calls for the need of alternative approaches, like e-cigs.

"If the 40 million smokers in the US switched to e-cigarettes, the nation would be a lot healthier for it", Schroeder said.


  • Venezuelan President Repurposes 'Despacito' Ahead Of Sunday Vote

    Venezuelan President Repurposes 'Despacito' Ahead Of Sunday Vote

    He also said that Maduro illegally using a song does not compare to the crimes he is committing and has committed in Venezuela. The Despacito song made its debut a few months ago and has been a huge hit across the world.
    Knicks Likely To Trade Carmelo Anthony To Rockets This Week

    Knicks Likely To Trade Carmelo Anthony To Rockets This Week

    Anthony, of course, has a no-trade clause, so both he and NY would have to approve anything that could happen. Frank Isola of the New York Daily News reported Saturday that Anthony remains focused on heading to Houston.
    NASA says unsafe eclipse glasses being distributed

    NASA says unsafe eclipse glasses being distributed

    People in Traer will be able to observe a 91.6% eclipse of the Sun! "It's hard to see a lot of the sky at night", she said. Chabad of SC in Columbia is planning to mail solar eclipse kits to community members in advance of the natural phenomenon.
  • Teen accused of livestreaming deadly auto  crash set to appear in court

    Teen accused of livestreaming deadly auto crash set to appear in court

    Sanchez recorded the entire thing, filming herself over her sister's bloodied body, apologizing, and begging her to wake up. But after she moves to show the sign she's making with her hand, the vehicle appears to crash.
    WhatsApp now has 1 billion daily active users worldwide

    WhatsApp now has 1 billion daily active users worldwide

    The numbers were announced as part of Facebook's Q2 2017 results, which revealed how the company's mobile ads continue to grow. WhatsApp competes with the apps including Hike, Telegram, and the like, but none of them have such a huge user base.
    Cowboys' Lucky Whitehead arrested, warrant issued for shoplifting

    Cowboys' Lucky Whitehead arrested, warrant issued for shoplifting

    Could this all be a case of mistaken identity? Whitehead is the third Cowboys player to be arrested since the end of last season. Despite the insistence that no crime was committed, the Dallas Cowboys have moved ahead and cut Whitehead.
  • Last killer whale born into SeaWorld captivity dies in San Antonio park

    Last killer whale born into SeaWorld captivity dies in San Antonio park

    A 3-month-old baby killer whale died Monday at a SeaWorld park in San Antonio , Texas, the park announced this week. As per the recreation center, the whale's ailment was not caused by being in imprisonment.
    Ben Affleck dismisses speculation over his Batman future

    Ben Affleck dismisses speculation over his Batman future

    He also specifically said he's excited to work with Reeves, and that he's "100% on board" with him and his vision for The Batman . We want to keep him in the cowl as long as we can".
    Liverpool agree fee with Hull for Andrew Robertson

    Liverpool agree fee with Hull for Andrew Robertson

    But he would have struggled to get a place in the match-day squad this season barring a number of injuries to other players. Liverpool midfielder Kevin Stewart has flown back to the United Kingdom from the Reds' tour to secure a move to Hull City .
  • Barbara Sinatra dead: Wife of singer Frank Sinatra dies aged 90

    Barbara Sinatra dead: Wife of singer Frank Sinatra dies aged 90

    My Life with Frank, with Wendy Holden, which explored her childhood, her time with Frank and her philanthropic pursuits. She later Wednesday Zeppo Marx of the famous Marx Brothers comedy family before her marriage to Frank.

    Game of Thrones' Sophie Turner says Sansa is 'woke now'

    Her reference to a family member was likely a reference to Sansa's brother Jon Snow . Martin seemed to be busy these days as he also skipped the event.
    Death threats over Charlie Gard case

    Death threats over Charlie Gard case

    Friday's hearing was the first time his parents were told about the latest results in the crucial test of Charlie's brain function.


Latest news

After repeal attempt fails, GOP may chip away at Obamacare
A more broad measure to repeal portions of Obamacare failed in the Senate on Tuesday, just hours after debate began. The party's hardline conservatives favored a bill to repeal Obamacare - Sen.

Tottenham fans optimistic after Janssen's 'fantastic goal' against Roma
While Spurs are yet to spend, they have managed to hold onto their stars, including Harry Kane , Dele Alli, Toby Alderweireld and Eric Dier.

JD (U) leader backs suspension of six Cong MPs from Lok Sabha
The six MP who have been suspended are Gaurav Gogoi , Adhir Ranjan Chowdhury, Ranjit Ranjan, Sushmita Dev, MK Raghav and K Suresh. Opposition parties, led by Congress , protested the suspension at Mahatma Gandhi's statue in Parliament House on Tuesday.

Senate Judiciary Committee issues subpoena for former Trump campaign manager Manafort
Manafort had initially reached a deal with the committee to avoid public testimony, but chairman Sen. It said he was likely to be questioned about a June 2016 meeting in NY with a Russian lawyer.

The XJR575 Is Jaguar's 575-Horsepower Executive Missile
Jaguar has launched its latest performance saloon vehicle which is more powerful than any previous XJ with a top speed of 186mph. A new 10-inch touchscreen now sits in the central console, and there's 4G wi-fi capability that allows occupants to stay online.

Rumor: The Sims 4 Coming to Consoles This November
Sony is expected to further reduce the price of its console to $299 or $249 once the Xbox One X hits the stores. Despite featuring powerful hardware specifications, Microsoft claims the Xbox One X is its smallest console.

Taliban kills seven out of 70 abducted civilians in Afghanistan's Kandahar
Taliban have in the past exaggerated their successes and the remoteness of the area made it impossible to independently verify. Spokesperson Khapalwak said that the Taliban has held 33 hostages after freeing the others.

Detwiler Fire Grows To 74000 Acres, Destroys 58 Homes
Dewey, 64, said people in their 30s have opened several new businesses and wine bars, attracting lots of young tourists. However, the businesses stood empty as firefighters worked to keep the flames away from the town with 2,000 residents.

Over Half of People with HIV Taking AIDS Drugs
But in the Middle East and North Africa, and in Eastern Europe and central Asia, the number of Aids-related deaths has risen. Of these 19.5 million individuals have access to life saving antiretroviral medications or agents used to treat HIV AIDS.

Damond shooting "unnecessary … Justine didn't have to die"
Damond, whose legal name was Justine Ruszczyk, had called 911 twice to report an episode she said she feared was a sexual assault. Harrity's attorney, Fred Bruno , told the Star Tribune it was "certainly reasonable" for the officers to fear a possible ambush.

Sears and Amazon; Alexa, turn up my Kenmore air conditioner
The retailer will also sell Alexa-enabled Kenmore air conditioner units on the e-commerce platform, the Tribune reports. CEO Eddie Lampert said the company's brand will benefit from reaching a wider group of customers.

Venezuela crises set to escalate as general strike begins
White House spokesman Sean Spicer called on Miraflores to cancel the ANC and convene "free and fair elections". In cities like Barcelona and NY , turnout roughly tripled that of 2013 figures.

Global cyber sting shuts down dark web bazaars
AlphaBay ran like a normal online shopping site, allowing users to create login names and passwords and to search by category or name.

DOOM nets big 6.66 update, goes free to play for the weekend
Now, if there's a specific helmet you want, you can work toward unlocking it by focusing your play style on the related challenge. Interestingly, the developer also made a decision to completely rehaul the game's multiplayer progression system and mechanics.

France's military chief resigns after clash with Macron over budget cuts
Seen as one of the finest officers of his generation, he had prided himself on looking out for his troops. Tension over Macron's proposed budget restructuring has been simmering in France in recent days.

Other news