Do e-cigarettes help smokers quit?
11:20 - 11:35
Youth Initiation and Smoking Cessation
The relevant evidence that can answer this question can be gathered from two different sources: Efficacy of e-cigarettes provided proactively by health professionals as a smoking cessation intervention; and effects of e-cigarettes that smokers purchase themselves. Regarding e-cigarettes as a clinical treatment, the presentation will review existing randomised controlled trials with a focus on a recently published large UK study. Re. e-cigarettes purchased as consumer products, population data and cohort studies are now starting to provide information on the proportion of ex-smokers who quit with e-cigarettes compared to other methods and on outcomes of quit attempts using different quit aids. The crucial evidence will emerge from studies of links between changes in cigarette and e-cigarette sales and between smoking and vaping prevalence.
- Prof Peter Hajek Professor of Clinical Psychology - Queen Mary University of London
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