Makers of electronic cigarettes and other vaping devices often tout their products as smoking cessation aids. But new research suggests that the devices haven’t helped many U.S. smokers quit, the Wall Street Journal.
In a study published Monday in the journal PLOS One, researchers at Georgia State University found that U.S. adult smokers who didn’t use electronic vaping devices were more than twice as likely to quit as those who did.
Moreover, more than 90% of smokers who also vaped at the outset of the study were still smoking a year later, according to the study. More than half of these smokers were also still vaping.
“These products have not been fulfilling the public health promise of helping people in the U.S. quit smoking,” said Scott Weaver, assistant professor of epidemiology and biostatistics at Georgia State, and lead author of the observational study. “We need to look at changes to their design, marketing or regulation that could help them be more effective as smoking cessation tools.”
Still, some experts noted, the percentage of “dual users”—those who simultaneously use cigarettes and vaping devices—in the study who quit smoking was higher at just under 10% than the overall quit rate for U.S. smokers. Read more at the Wall Street Journal.