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Researchers want restrictions on claims e-cigarettes help people to quit smoking

By Kyle Johnson,

Researchers say that there really isn't enough evidence to the claims that e-cigarettes help people quit smoking, so regulations against such claims should be put into place for the time being.

The Center for Tobacco Control Research and Education and the Department of Medicine at UC San Francisco researchers say that current evidence has been "unconvincing," reports the Los Angeles Times. Until better research is done on e-cigarettes, smoking cessation claims should be restricted.

In a letter to the Journal of the American Medical Assn. Internal Medicine the researchers said that currently electronic cigarettes are "aggressively promoted as smoking cessation aids." They said that 85 percent of people who said they used e-cigarettes to quit smoking weren't any more likely to actually quit.

A six-month study was done on the use of e-cigarettes, both with and without nicotine, in comparison to the nicotine patch and found that e-cigarettes were no better at helping people quit.

Dr. Michael Katz wrote in another editorial, "Unfortunately, the evidence on whether e-cigarettes help smokers to quit is contradictory and inconclusive."

Cities are beginning to take action against e-cigarettes, such as in Los Angeles, where the city council voted for regulations on the electronic devices, treating them much the same way regular cigarettes are.

The council banned them from most public places, with the exception of special "vaping lounges."

 
 

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