E-Cigarettes Don’t Have a Big Impact on Smoking Quit Rates, Study Concludes

E-cigarette use is not leading many people who smoke regular cigarettes to quit, a new study concludes. Researchers at the University of California, San Francisco (UCSF) also found e-cigarettes are being heavily marketed to young people.

The researchers are concerned this will create a new market for the nicotine and tobacco industry, according to the San Francisco Chronicle. “Our bottom line is, at the moment, it doesn’t seem like e-cigarettes are having a big impact on the population in terms of quitting,” said UCSF’s Dr. Neal Benowitz. He co-authored the study, which appears in the journal Circulation.

A study published by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) last year found use of e-cigarettes among middle and high schools students doubled from 2011 to 2012. The CDC found 10 percent of high school students had tried an e-cigarette last year, compared with 5 percent the previous year. Overall, 1.8 million middle and high school students said they tried e-cigarettes in 2012.

The new UCSF study found people tend to use e-cigarettes with regular cigarettes, rather than an alternative. The researchers also expressed concern about the possible health effects of e-cigarette emissions. They acknowledged the emissions are less toxic than those from burning cigarettes.

“As we’re getting better and better understanding of the chemistry of these things, they’re looking worse and worse,” said study-co-author Stanton Glantz, director of UCSF’s Center for Tobacco Control Research and Education.

Last month, the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) announced new rules that would allow the agency to regulate e-cigarettes. The proposed rules would ban the sale of e-cigarettes, cigars and pipe tobacco to anyone under age 18. The proposed rules do not ban flavors in e-cigarettes and cigars. Public health advocates say these flavors entice children to try the products. The rules also do not ban marketing of e-cigarettes, which public health advocates had called for.

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    Fr. Jack Kearney

    May 15, 2014 at 1:21 PM

    This study has been so discredited that even the American Cancer Society distanced itself from it. It presents no evidence that ecigs are being marketed to children, that kids are using them regularly, and it ignores other studies that have proven that ecigs are an evidence-based, effective treatment for smoking cessation. If you read the fine print in the actual study you will see that even the authors admit you can’t draw any real conclusions. I just consider this another press release from Big Pharma.

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    May 15, 2014 at 12:01 PM

    Benowitz and Glantz? Really? Do you have any idea how much money these 2 have gotten from the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation? RWJF owns 13,000,000 shares of JnJ stock. This is nothing more than protecting the stockholders of Johnson & Johnson, who sells the patches and gum. Even the Center for which they work, headed by the FORMER RWJF Director Schroeder, was started up with $10,000,000 from RWJF. If e-cig manufacturers had funded this study, there would be huge outcry. Well, there should be outcry from the bias of Benowitz and Glantz! I know a LOT of people who’ve switched to e-cigs that use them in our adult only business hit by a smoking ban so I highly question the validity of this study!

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