“Cold turkey” helps smokers quit better than E-cigarettes

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“Cold turkey” helps smokers quit better than E-cigarettes

Using e-cigarettes and other tobacco products to keep from relapsing to cigarettes doesn’t appear to be effective. So concluded researchers who published a longitudinal study of nearly 13,000 smokers in the United States.

They analyzed data on smokers who had quit cigarettes.

The study revealed that 50 percent of former smokers who quit tobacco ‘cold turkey’ were off cigarettes at the second annual follow-up, but only about 41 percent of those who used any other form of tobacco use, including e-cigarettes, had quit successfully.

In other words, quitting cold turkey results in about a 20 percent increased chance of being off cigarettes two years after quitting.

The findings were published in JAMA Network Open.


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