Reducing tobacco with e-cigarettes, a good idea?

Published on 05/10/2022 at 11:35 am

For the American Heart Association, there is currently no evidence that e-cigarettes should be recommended for quitting smoking. Not only is its harmlessness far from having been demonstrated, quite the contrary since several studies have concluded that it irritates the lungs. But in addition, smokers who turn to this method of withdrawal “often find themselves in a long period of dual use,” says Andrew C. Stokes of the University School of Public Health in Boston. And we know nothing about the consequences of this practice. This is what gave him the idea of ​​carrying out analytical work with a large cohort.

It was from the Population Assessment of Tobacco and Health (PATH) cohort that his team selected 24,000 adults, half of whom were under 35 years old. All had given information on their smoking habits and their state of health between 2013 and 2019.

So many risks

After comparing the different groups (tobacco smokers, vapers or both) in terms of the occurrence of adverse cardiovascular events, the scientists found no difference in terms of risk between tobacco smokers and those who use both. “It is interesting to make this observation to inform the many smokers who practice this dual use in order to reduce their tobacco consumption to be in better health”, underline the authors. Indeed, this is not the case.

And there is no evidence that the electronic cigarette allows you to completely quit smoking. Now we know that trying to smoke less while vaping is useless.

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