More Proof Required About the Safety of E-cigarettes in Helping Smokers Quit

by Savitha C Muppala on  September 17, 2011 at 5:30 PM Lifestyle News
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A new study has evaluated the effectiveness of electronic cigarettes in helping smokers give up the habit.

Interviews of more than 100 people who regularly used e-cigarettes revealed that nearly 78% said they had not used tobacco for a month.
 More Proof Required About the Safety of E-cigarettes in Helping Smokers Quit
More Proof Required About the Safety of E-cigarettes in Helping Smokers Quit

The people interviewed had a record of smoking nearly 25 cigarettes a day. Most of them had attempted several times at kicking the habit before they began using e-cigarettes.

Despite this, researchers caution against the use of e-cigarettes till more proof is available about its safety and effectiveness in helping people quit smoking. Instead, smokers who want to quit should employ better treatments like counseling and FDA-approved medicines as they are proven methods.

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Here's what I don't understand. Varenicline [Chantix] was released at about the same time as e-cigarettes. It got the fast track to FDA approval, which is understandable since NRPs are proven under 3% effective after 20 months if used as directed. Last I checked, only 8% cessation after 1 year and falling for their own clinical trials. And we know Chantix has safety issues, not the least of which are depression, rage, suicide, and murder. Even the FDA conceded that there have been no reported deaths and injuries as a result of e-cigarettes (SE VS FDA Dec2010) during the same time period, for an estimated 1 million users. If this isn't enough evidence to demonstrate the relative safety of e-cigarettes, then why aren't doctors actually conducting more research? Chantix clinical trials only required 1 week of cessation, and this study says 78% over a month. The Boston study (Michael Siegel) is more conservative, but even that's showing e-cigarettes as twice as effective at promoting cessation as both the patch and gum. If more research is indicated, why aren't we doing that research?

Editor: Would you care to explain why you decided to put a negative spin in the headline? This is not a story about the dangers of using e-cigarettes. It's a story about an astonishing 78% success rate. What other product or stop smoking method comes anywhere close to that? Counselling alone has a success rate of 2%. The highest success rate seen with an FDA-approved medication is 17% when combined with counselling. And that 17% success rate is bought at the price of suicides, murders, and seizures. How do you figure that these are "better treatments" when no such problems have been reported with use of e-cigarettes and the success rate is at least 4.5 times higher? The authors of the study gave absolutely no explanation for why they believe that it will be healthier for smokers to continue puffing on cancer sticks while all this absolute proof of safety of e-cigarettes is gathered.

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