By: Angela Garrity
CNN is reporting that adults who vape are more likely to quit smoking, according to a new study released today in the Journal of the American Medical Association (JAMA).
The study also found that there is an increase in the risk of relapsing for some former smokers, however the study also found that the increased risk of relapse disappeared in the group whom quit smoking more recently. Researchers credit the success of switching with improved vaping technology.
For example, the study as a whole considered anybody who quit smoking from 2010 onward and found that, in that sample, vaping increased the risk of relapse. But when researchers only considered people who quit cigarettes as of 2013, former smokers were not more likely to relapse if they vaped.
The researchers noted in their study that "measures of plasma nicotine levels have shown that, compared with older models of [e-cigarettes], the new generation delivers higher levels of nicotine to the bloodstream," which may make them more satisfying.
Science says e-cigarettes may be an effective tool to quit smoking. Earlier this year, The New England Journal of Medicine found that e-cigarettes were almost twice as effective at helping smokers quit cigarettes than traditional nicotine-replacement therapy, such as nicotine patches.
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