E-cigarette use high among recent quitters

Former smokers who quit tobacco within the last five years are likely to use e-cigarettes while vaping is rare among those who quit more than a decade ago, say researchers.

The findings, published in the journal The BMJ, suggest that today’s smokers who want to quit are using e-cigarettes as an aid whereas in the past quitters had to rely on other smoking cessation aids, so few long-standing quitters have tried e-cigarettes.

“Former daily e-cigarette use was positively associated with smoking cessation of 2 or fewer years indicating that some smokers may have quit with e-cigarettes and then quit e-cigarette use too,” said the researchers from Onassis Cardiac Surgery Centre in Greece.

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