Cigarette Switch Strategy Linked to Fewer Premature Deaths

Cigarette Switch Strategy Linked to Fewer Premature Deaths

Cigarette Switch Strategy Linked to Fewer Premature Deaths

Bravo cited Dr. Konstantinos E. Farsalinos, a leading expert on tobacco harm reduction and e-cigarettes, who said that appropriate regulation of e-cigarettes can help prevent serious sickness in and the premature death of millions of cigarette smokers in the Philippines.

Levy, Ph.D., from Georgetown University Medical Center in Washington, D.C., and colleagues tested optimistic and pessimistic e-cigarette substitution models against a status quo scenario to project smoking rates and health outcomes if cigarette smoking were largely replaced by e-cigarette use ("vaping") over a 10-year period.

"In addition (to lives saved), there would be tremendous health benefits including reduced disease disability to smokers, reduced pain and suffering, and reduced exposure to second hand smoke", Levy said.

Even a worst-case scenario involving e-cigarettes would still save lives, the researchers said.

While the lifesaving potential of e-cigarettes hypothesized in the study is promising, it'll hardly be the last word in an ongoing and ever growing debate about the benefits or harms of e-cigarettes. We have written countless articles on the utility of e-cigarette use and its role in harm reduction.

Switching to e-cigarettes won't solve all the health problems smokers face.

Scientists and specialists fighting against tobacco consumption are divided on the use of e-cigarettes.

Replacement of cigarettes with electronic cigarettes (e-cigarettes) is projected to result in fewer premature deaths, even under a pessimistic scenario, according to a study published online October 2 in Tobacco Control.

Researchers calculated two possible scenarios for traditional cigarette and e-cigarette use if it does affects public health when a traditional cigarette smoke switched to e-cigarette.

The data also show that among those making at least one quit attempt, quit success was lower among individuals who had used e-cigarettes at some point in the past, but higher among those with at least five days of e-cigarettes use in the last month.

In the "pessimistic scenario", with smoking rates and interventions continuing as they are, there would be 1.6 million fewer deaths and 20.8 million fewer life years lost. They're still nicotine products.

In short, the jury is still out on what exactly the health effects of e-cigarettes will be.

"The best studies to date indicate that the most popular forms of e-cigarettes have a small fraction of the cancer-causing and other toxic chemicals that are ingested with cigarettes", said Levy.

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) previously cracked down on flavored tobacco products in 2009, when it banned the sale of flavored cigarettes.

E-cigarettes carry about 40 percent of the risk of smoking.

Does it help people quit and does it encourage young people to take up smoking?

Cigarette smoking would decline to 5 percent of the USA population as e-cigarettes become the more popular option, down from the current 16 percent.

For example, a September study in the Journal of the American Heart Association linked the nicotine in e-cigarettes to adrenaline level spikes that could increase the risk of heart attack.

This is not to say that there are no risks associated with e-cigarettes.

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