USPSTF: Insufficient data on e-cigs as smoking cessation aid

TIME reports that the U.S. Preventive Services Task Force concluded from an in-depth review of studies on smoking cessation methods that “there isn’t enough evidence to support using e-cigarettes to kick the habit.” Instead, they recommend a combination of alternative approaches, including drugs that “address nicotine’s effects on the body,” nicotine replacement, and behavioral interventions, such as counseling, that are tailored to each smoker.

The review also examined quitting efforts among pregnant women, concluding that they should use “behavioral, non-drug strategies” to avoid risk to the fetus.

HealthDay reports that Patricia Folan, director of the Center for Tobacco Control at North Shore-LIJ Health System in Great Neck, New York, commented on e-cigarettes, saying, “More studies are needed to determine the potential risks and benefits of these products before they are recommended to patients as smoking cessation aids.”

The Task Force will accept public comment on its recommendations until June 1.

Medscape reports that the review found no studies evaluating the use of e-cigarettes for tobacco cessation in adolescents and “only two randomized, controlled trials that evaluated the effect of e-cigarettes on smoking abstinence in adults.”

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