E-cig risks unclear to smokers

Washington DC, Jun 28 (ANI): A new study has suggested that consumers are unclear about the risks or benefits of e-cigarettes.

The Scotland study suggested that while some smokers consider electronic cigarettes a potential aid in quitting, some <strong class=’StrictlyAutoTagBold’>people who have already quit see them as a temptation to resume a habit they fought hard to ditch, Fox News reported.

Researchers in interviewed 64 smokers and found little consensus about the potential benefits and harms of e-cigarettes, which may reflect division in the medical community on the appropriateness of promoting e-cigarettes as a safer alternative to the real thing, the authors note

Senior author Amanda Amos from the University of Edinburgh Medical School said that because e-cigarettes are relatively new products we are only beginning to learn about the health risks.

Amos and colleagues conducted 12 focus groups and 11 individual interviews with current smokers and <strong class=’StrictlyAutoTagBold’>people who had quit smoking within the past year. Most participants viewed smoking as a form of addiction and believed willpower played a strong role in quitting. Almost all of them had tried e-cigarettes at least once.

They generally viewed e-cigarettes as distinct from other nicotine <strong class=’StrictlyAutoTagBold’>replacement products like patches or gum that are designed to help <strong class=’StrictlyAutoTagBold’>people quit. Because general practitioners give nicotine alternatives to smokers trying to quit, the study participants tended to think of these as medical products.

With e-cigarettes, however, <strong class=’StrictlyAutoTagBold’>people were less clear about what their intended purpose or correct use might be, though they were seen as less directly tied to smoking cessation than patches or gum.

Some <strong class=’StrictlyAutoTagBold’>people saw e-cigarettes as a more satisfying <strong class=’StrictlyAutoTagBold’>replacement to smoking, while others viewed them as less desirable or even as a threat to smoking cessation.

The study appears in the journal Tobacco Control. (ANI)

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