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Study: E-Cigarettes Don’t Help Smokers Quit

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File photo of a man using an electronic cigarette. (credit: JOE KLAMAR/AFP/Getty Images)

File photo of a man using an electronic cigarette. (credit: JOE KLAMAR/AFP/Getty Images)

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ATLANTA (CBS Atlanta) — A new study claims that electronic cigarettes don’t help people quit smoking.

Researchers at the University of California San Francisco conducted the study among 950 smokers in November 2011 and 2012. According to CBS News, the smokers were asked in the baseline survey if they had used e-cigarettes in the past 30 days; how many real cigarettes they smoked in a day; how much time before they wake up and smoke their first cigarette; and whether or not they were going to quit smoking.

Only 88 of the smokers in the study used e-cigarettes and when asked a year later if they quit, only nine did so. A total of 13.5 percent quit smoking altogether.

“There was no association between having tried an e-cigarette and quitting smoking at one-year follow up,” Dr. Rachel Grana, the study’s author and postdoctoral scholar at the UCSF School of Medicine, told CBS News.

The study revealed that e-cigarette smokers did not reduce the number of actual cigarettes smoked and that e-cigarette smokers showed no signs of quitting.

“Because e-cigarettes are unregulated, consumers do not know what they are putting into their bodies and there have been no long-term studies of the health effects,” Grana told CBS News.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention reports that 480,000 Americans die each year from smoking cigarettes.

The study was published in JAMA Internal Medicine.

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