E-cigarette doesn’t help with stopping: Addiction continues, researchers warn

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If you want to quit smoking, you often go for substitutes such as nicotine patches or e-cigarettes. The best way to quit tobacco addiction, however, is controversial. In a study British researchers found out now that E-Cigaretten are twice as successful as Nikotinersatzmittel. The German Society for Cardiology takes a critical view of the results.

For the study, on which the researchers in the New England Journal OF Medicine report, scarcely 900 participants were divided into two groups. One received an E-Cigarette with nicotine-containing liquid, the other Nikotinersatzpräparate. Participants were also encouraged to participate in behavioural therapy.

After twelve months the researchers could determine that 18 per cent of all E-Zigaretten-Ruchcher successfully from the tobacco addiction had gotten out. With the participants, who were dependent on Nikotinersatzpräparate, the exit ratio was scarcely half so small: Only 9.9 per cent had successfully been able to fight its Nikotinsucht.

German experts take a critical view of the study

The physicians of the German Society for Cardiology, however, take a critical view of the results: “[It] must not be disregarded that the majority of test persons of the e-cigarette group do not give up smoking in the long term, but remain faithful to 80 percent of the e-cigarette”, it says in a statement in the “Ärzte Zeitung”.

Scientists warn of health risks

The view that smokers should not switch to e-cigarettes without hesitation is shared by other researchers. As the portal “esanum” reports, the American Heart Association, for example, warned earlier this year that the use of e-cigarettes is associated with a significantly increased rate of strokes and heart disease.

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Mette Frederiksen is a The Washington Newsday correspondent. With her coverage of general science, NASA and the interface between technology and society, Frederiksen has been in the Science Desk's Technology Beat since joining Washington Newsday in 2018.

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