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Alternative Nicotine Delivery Products: No Help in Smoking Cessation

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Prof. Jørgen Vestbo, Prof. Linnéa Hedman, Prof. Elif Dağlı
ERS 2019

Different studies have shown that e-cigarettes are not successful aids to smoking cessation. In most cases, e-cigarettes lead to dual use: smokers consume e-cigarettes in addition to conventional cigarettes.

Prof. Jørgen Vestbo (University of Manchester, United Kingdom) pointed out that industry has been claiming that smokers cannot or will not quit smoking. Yet, most smokers actually do want to quit and a high proportion dislikes being nicotine dependent [1]. Most smokers today already smoke less cigarettes daily and are more motivated than before to quit.

It has also been stated that alternative nicotine delivery products are highly effective as a smoking cessation aid, but evidence for this claim are lacking. On the contrary, a review of 38 studies concluded that the odds of quitting cigarettes were even 28% lower in those who used e-cigarettes compared with those who did not use e-cigarettes [2]. No matter whether smokers were motivated to quit ...

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