E-Cigarette Users Less Likely to Quit Smoking, Study Says

(NEW YORK) — Companies sell e-cigarettes as a bridge to quitting tobacco, but according to a new study, smokers who have used e-cigarettes are less likely to quit smoking or decrease their cigarette consumption.   

Researchers looked at the smoking habits of 1,000 adult smokers in California at two time points, one year apart in a new study published in The American Journal of Public Health.

Cigarette smokers who had “ever” used e-cigarettes were significantly less likely to quit smoking for more than a month, and also much less likely to decrease cigarette consumption than those who had never tried them, according to researchers.

Even after taking other factors into account, such as intention to quit smoking or level of nicotine dependence, the study results held true, researchers said.

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