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More Proof Required to Deem Usefulness, Efficacy and Safety of E-Cigarettes

by Bidita Debnath on  May 18, 2015 at 4:55 PM Research News   - G J E 4
Evidence backing the notion that electronic cigarettes are effective for long-term smoking cessation is lacking, finds a new research conducted at the University of Toronto.
More Proof Required to Deem Usefulness, Efficacy and Safety of E-Cigarettes
More Proof Required to Deem Usefulness, Efficacy and Safety of E-Cigarettes
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Lead author Riyad al-Lehebi said that there were several other smoking cessation aids available that had more robust evidence supporting their efficacy and safety, than e-cigarettes.

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The meta-analysis included four studies of the efficacy and safety of e-cigarettes for promoting smoking cessation in 1011 patients and an additional 18 studies of the safety of e-cigarettes reporting adverse effects that occurred in 1212 patients.

Adverse effects of e-cigarette use noted in the studies included dry cough, throat irritation, and shortness of breath. The incidence of serious adverse events did not differ between e-cigarettes and placebo e-cigarettes, but e-cigarette use was associated with a higher rate of adverse effects than the nicotine patch.

Though e-cigarettes have been widely promoted and used as a smoking cessation tool, they found no data supporting their long-term efficacy and safety, said al-Lehebi.

Given the potential health risks of using these unproven and unregulated devices, individuals seeking help with smoking cessation should consider other more well-established options until more research is performed, added the scientist.

The research was presented at the 2015 American Thoracic Society International Conference.

Source: ANI
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