Study: E-cigarettes Don’t Help Smokers Avoid Cigarettes

According to a new study from the University of California – San Diego, vaping e-cigarettes don’t help smokers quit and may make smokers more likely to relapse.E-cigarettes Don’t Help Smokers Avoid Cigarettes

For their study, the scientists analyzed data from the nationally representative Population Assessment of Tobacco and Health (PATH) longitudinal study. They picked out 13,604 smokers between 2013 and 2015 who were followed for two years to identify changes in the use of 12 tobacco products.

The first follow-up showed that 9.4% of the smokers had quit. Of these "former smokers," 62.9% stayed tobacco-free, while 37.1% just had switched to another tobacco product. Of these recent smokers who switched to another product, 22.8% smoked e-cigarettes, with 17.6% of switchers using e-cigarettes on a daily basis.

First author John P. Pierce, Ph.D., Distinguished Professor at the Herbert Wertheim School of Public Health and UC San Diego Moores Cancer Center, comments on the results of the study: “Our findings suggest that individuals who quit smoking and switched to e-cigarettes or other tobacco products actually increased their risk of a relapse back to smoking over the next year by 8.5 percentage points compared to those who quit using all tobacco products.”


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