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E-cigarette use and associated changes in population smoking cessation: evidence from US current population surveys

BMJ 2017; 358 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.j3262 (Published 26 July 2017) Cite this as: BMJ 2017;358:j3262

Re: E-cigarette use and associated changes in population smoking cessation: evidence from US current population surveys

I think E-cigarettes have provided a number of benefits for the public, although important factors to consider are:
1) When people are able to quit faster and for longer periods of time, how much/ how often/ and how long have they been smoking?
2) Is the younger population more inclined to smoke e-cigarettes, due to its trend and the assumption that it is a lot safer than smoking a normal cigarette. Demographics of what percentage of the younger population smoke now versus percentage that smoked previous to the introduction of e-cigarettes is an important factor to consider.

In conclusion, the study shows that those who use e-cigarettes are able to cease smoking in higher numbers than those who do not use e-cigarettes; therefore e-cigarettes are an ideal step towards cessation but not to be used as an alternative method of smoking.

Competing interests: No competing interests

02 August 2017
Iram Ashraf
Medical Professional
Stoke-on-Trent