Although many are hailing e-cigarettes as a method for helping people to quit smoking, a new study casts doubt on this idea in regards to long-term abilities. Researchers followed over 1,000 people who were working to quit smoking, and found that after one month, a higher number of those using e-cigarettes had quit smoking, in comparison to those trying to quit via a placebo or patch. However, when the researchers took a look at the three to six month mark, quitting rates were the same across all methods – e-cigs, placebos, and patches.
“‘Although e-cigarettes are widely promoted and used as a smoking cessation tool, we found no data supporting their long-term efficacy,’ study researcher Dr. Riyad Al-Lehebi, of the University of Toronto.”
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