Puff, Puff, Pass!


Electronic cigarette is a handheld electronic device that stimulates the feeling of tobacco smoking. It works by heating a liquid to generate an aerosol called vapour; this is why the usage is often referred to as Vaping. The liquid contained consists of nicotine (not always), glycerine, propylene glycol and flavouring. 

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From a new study conducted by BMJ Journal from over 160,000 people spanning 15 years. Although it didn’t address whether e-cigs are luring people who would otherwise be nonsmokers, but it did find that e-cigs do have a role in helping people quit. The researchers looked at several population surveys that cover the years 2001 to 2015. These surveys provided smoking-cessation rates, and the most recent survey, from 2014 to 2015, had information about e-cigarette usage. 

The results show that 65 percent of e-cigarette users had tried to quit smoking, versus 40 percent of people who smoked but didn’t use e-cigs. About 8 percent of e-cig users succeeded in quitting for at least three months, compared to about 5 percent of non-users. Overall, the number of people who quit smoking increased by 1.1 percentage points in 2015 from 2011. This might not seem that impressive, but it still represents about 350,000 people.

This is one of the largest representative samples of e-cig users, but the study does have limitations. It used surveys, which don’t tend to offer the most detailed information, such as the type of e-cig used. And the results don’t mean that e-cigs get all the credit for the good news. The authors write that things like national ad campaigns against smoking and a tobacco tax probably helped, too. This suggests that, in some cases, e-cigs may do more good, however, and maybe it’s time to take another look at attitudes surrounding the technology.

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Even if they’re “healthier” than regular cigarettes, cancer-causing chemicals have been found in e-cigs, and vaping might still increase your risk of heart disease. But you know, they are not just for fancy after all.