Presented at the AHA’s Scientific Sessions 2017, a global exchange of the latest advances in cardiovascular science for researchers and clinicians, the research indicates that when compared to other tobacco users, vapers are more likely to be current or former cigarette smokers. Additionally, former smokers were 23 times more as likely to use an electronic cigarette within the last three months of quitting smoking.
E-cigarettes are smokers’ preferred smoking cessation tools
These figures had clearly indicated that vaping products, are more widely used by smokers wishing to quit, the more commonly accepted tools such as nicotine patches. This comes as no surprise to the several anti-smoking experts who have been commending the products for smoking cessation, as the action of vaping mimics that of smoking, hence makes the transition from smoking to not smoking a smoother one for addicts
The AHA researchers analyzed data from 5,423 tobacco users recorded in the 2013-2014 National Health and Nutrition Examination Survey (NHANES). From these,116 or 2.6% were e-cigarette users. From these, 8% had never smoked, and the AHA advised that when compared to non-vapers, e-cig users were amongst other things 4.19 times more as likely to report drinking larger amounts of alcohol.
6.6 million lives could be saved, if US smokers had to switch to e-cigs
On the other hand, while the AHA keeps cautioning against the use of vaping products, a study conducted Georgetown University Medical Center and published in the journal Tobacco Control last month, indicated that up to 6.6 million early deaths could be avoided across the US, if smokers had to switch to e-cigarettes.
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