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Over 60% e-cigarette smokers want to quit: Study

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Over 60 per cent e-users want to quit and over 25 per cent smokers have already tried to stop using the electronic device, says a new study.

In the study, published in the journal Nicotine and Research, the researchers observed that most smokers don't want to use forever and wish to stop using it exactly the same way a traditional smoker tries to quit

"Most of the discussion about has focused on the relative harm as compared to traditional cigarettes, the efficacy of as a cessation device, and the alarming increase of their use in children," said Marc Steinberg, at Rutgers University, US.

"Our data suggests that e-users do not want to use these devices forever. Eventually, they want to stop using e-cigarettes the same way a traditional smoker wants to quit cigarettes," Steinberg added.

The study highlighted that the smokers tried several strategies including medications, and social support to stop using e-cigarettes.

"The strategies that people reported using to quit e-cigarettes include many of the strategies we recommend for quitting traditional cigarettes such as FDA-approved or medications, and social support," said Rachel Rosen, a student at the University.

"While e-cigarettes may be associated with reduced harm as compared to combustible cigarettes, they also are potentially addicting and the e-aerosol still contains toxic substances," she said.

As use continues to increase and as more users want to quit, the researchers believe that it will be necessary "to be ready to help those who may have difficulty stopping on their own".

About 10 million US adults smoke e-cigarettes. Most of them smoke traditional cigarettes too. Several users say they used e-cigarettes in an attempt to quit traditional cigarettes.



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First Published: Wed, May 22 2019. 20:24 IST