E-cigarettes don't seem to aid smoking cessation efforts

August 2, 2018

(HealthDay)—Electronic cigarette (e-cigarette) use is most common among current smokers, according to a study published online July 20 in JAMA Network Open.

Linnea Hedman, Ph.D., from Umeå University in Sweden, and colleagues used pooled data from the Obstructive Lung Disease in Northern Sweden (6,519 participants) study and the West Sweden Asthma Study (23,753 participants) to estimate the prevalence of use and to investigate the association of e-cigarette use with smoking habits, , and respiratory symptoms.

The researchers found that 12.3 percent of the pooled sample were current smokers, 24.4 percent were former smokers, and 2.0 percent were e-cigarette users. E-cigarette use was more common among men (2.2 percent, versus 1.8 percent in women). E-cigarette use was 9.8 percent among current smokers, 1.1 percent among former smokers, and 0.6 percent among nonsmokers. E-cigarette use was associated with male sex (odds ratio [OR], 1.35); age groups 20 to 29 years (OR, 2.77), 30 to 39 years (OR, 2.27), 40 to 49 years (OR, 1.65), and 50 to 59 years (OR, 1.47); educational level at primary school (OR, 1.99) and upper secondary school (OR, 1.57); former smoking (OR, 2.37); and current smoking (OR, 18.10). All were most common among dual users and former and nonsmokers who used e-cigarettes.

"On a population level, this study indicates that the present use of e-cigarettes does not adequately serve as a smoking cessation tool," the authors write.

Explore further: Marijuana may lead non-smokers to cigarettes

More information: Abstract/Full Text

Related Stories

Marijuana may lead non-smokers to cigarettes

March 27, 2018
While cigarette smoking has long been on the decline, marijuana use is on the rise and, disproportionately, marijuana users also smoke cigarettes. A new study by researchers at Columbia University's Mailman School of Public ...

Cigarette smokers are 10 times more likely to be daily marijuana users

November 30, 2017
Daily marijuana use has been on the rise over the past decade. Now, a new study by researchers at Columbia University's Mailman School of Public Health and the Graduate School of Public Health and Health Policy, City University ...

Cannabis use up among parents with children in the home

May 14, 2018
Cannabis use increased among parents who smoke cigarettes, as well as among non-smoking parents, according to a latest study from researchers at Columbia University's Mailman School of Public Health and City University of ...

Non-cigarette tobacco use tied to future cigarette use in teens

January 4, 2018
(HealthDay)—Non-cigarette tobacco use is associated with subsequent cigarette smoking among U.S. adolescents, according to a study published online Jan. 2 in JAMA Pediatrics.

Nearly two-thirds of smokers also use E-cigarettes: CDC

October 31, 2016
(HealthDay)—Many American adults who use electronic cigarettes also smoke tobacco cigarettes, a U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention survey reveals.

Daily e-cigarette users had highest rates of quitting smoking

August 17, 2017
Among U.S. adults who were established smokers in the past five years, those who use e-cigarettes daily were significantly more likely to have quit cigarettes compared to those who have never tried e-cigarettes. Researchers ...

Recommended for you

Juul e-cigarettes pose addiction risk for young users, study finds

October 19, 2018
Teens and young adults who use Juul brand e-cigarettes are failing to recognize the product's addictive potential, despite using it more often than their peers who smoke conventional cigarettes, according to a new study by ...

Adding refined fiber to processed food could have negative health effects

October 19, 2018
Adding highly refined fiber to processed foods could have negative effects on human health, such as promoting liver cancer, according to a new study by researchers at Georgia State University and the University of Toledo.

Self-lubricating latex could boost condom use: study

October 17, 2018
A perpetually unctuous, self-lubricating latex developed by a team of scientists in Boston could boost the use of condoms, they reported Wednesday in the journal Royal Society Open Science.

How healthy will we be in 2040?

October 17, 2018
A new scientific study of forecasts and alternative scenarios for life expectancy and major causes of death in 2040 shows all countries are likely to experience at least a slight increase in lifespans. In contrast, one scenario ...

Adequate consumption of 'longevity' vitamins could prolong healthy aging, nutrition scientist says

October 16, 2018
A detailed new review of nutritional science argues that most American diets are deficient in a key class of vitamins and minerals that play previously unrecognized roles in promoting longevity and in staving off chronic ...

Study finds evidence of intergenerational transmission of trauma among ex-POWs from the Civil War

October 16, 2018
A trio of researchers affiliated with the National Bureau of Economic Research has found evidence that suggests men who were traumatized while POWs during the U.S. Civil War transmitted that trauma to their offspring—many ...

0 comments

Please sign in to add a comment. Registration is free, and takes less than a minute. Read more

Click here to reset your password.
Sign in to get notified via email when new comments are made.