Electronic cigarettes are a smoking alternative, reportedly a way to help someone ween themselves off of traditional cigarettes – but new research says they’re not helping!
E-cig users are less likely to quit smoking traditional cigarettes according to Stanton Glantz from the Center for Tobacco Control Research & Education at the University of California in San Francisco.
Looking over 50 individual studies, they found that the odds of quitting smoking were 28 percent lower among people who used e-cigarettes.
Glantz stated that “e-cigarettes are not only not helping people quit smoking, they’re also inhibiting people from quitting smoking – but added that he is not sure what is preventing people from quitting altogether.
One explanation could be that e-cigarettes allow users to ‘light up’ in environments that otherwise would be ‘smoke-free’ zones. Researchers add that ‘smoke-free environments’ are a major factor in getting smokers to quit.
The authors of the study did say that e-cigarettes have led many people to quit smoking & that data may change in the next few years in regards to marketing & regulations of e-cigarettes.