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Increased uptake of e-cigarettes has been reflected by an increase in smoking quit rates. A US study has concluded that the “substantial increase in e-cigarette use among US adult smokers was associated with a statistically significant increase in the smoking cessation rate at the population level.”

Among the findings of responses from over 160,000 respondents in the US survey conducted in 2014-15 were that:

  • 38.2% of current smokers and 49.3% of recent quitters had tried e-cigarette
  • 11.5% of current smokers and 19.0% of recent quitters used them currently
  • e-cigarette users were more likely than non-users to attempt to quit smoking, 65.1% v 40.1%
  • e-cigarette users more likely to succeed in quitting, 8.2% v 4.8%
  • the overall population cessation rate for 2014-15 was significantly higher compared to 2010-11, being 5.6% v 4.5%

The University of California, San Diego, researchers have said that their findings should be weighed carefully in relation to regulatory policy around e-cigarettes and in planning tobacco control interventions.

The study is published in the BMJ. An accompanying editorial by Christopher Bullen, Professor of Public Health at the University of Auckland, raises a question as to whether other tobacco control interventions operating at the same time may have been key triggers to the observed step change.

Prof Bullen added: “In light of this evidence, policymakers in countries contemplating a more restrictive approach to the regulation of e-cigarettes should pause to consider if pursuing such a course of action is the right thing to do for population health.”

Links:
BMJ announcement      
Shu-Hong Zhu, et al. ‘E-cigarette use and associated changes in population smoking cessation: evidence from US current population surveys’ BMJ 2017; 358. Published July 26 2017

 

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