E-cigarettes are ineffective in helping smokers quit their deadly habitat, a South Australian study as found.
Cancer Council SA manager of tobacco control Lauren Maksimovic said the majority of e-cigarette smokers reported the devices failed to help reduce their cravings or quit.
“A majority of the people reported that they were using them to try to quit attempts,” she said. “They were also using them to replace the hand to mouth action … and what we found was that didn’t help them to quit smoking. A lot of people in our study found that it was too similar to smoking, they were using that hand to mouth action but it actually enhanced their smoking. It was just the same thing they were continuing to smoke.”
Ms Maksimovic said the council remained concerned about the potential harm the devices may lead to and believed there was no evidence to suggest they reduced smoking.
“People who have come to me to quit tobacco smoking who say they have tried vaping all (that’s 100%) say vaping failed to help them quit. They usually relapsed back into tobacco smoking although some say they kept vaping long term. I have also been told by some their doctors told them vaping caused health problems including ‘popcorn lungs’ or bronchiolitis obliterans, although Cancer Research UK says vaping does not cause it.” https://www.cancerresearchuk.org/about-cancer/causes-of-cancer/cancer-controversies/does-vaping-cause-popcorn-lung.
Experts have warned that in addition to causing people to become a social outcast, vaping could also result in serious long-term health problems.
Diacetyl, a chemical found in flavored vape pods, can cause users to develop an irreversible condition called ‘popcorn lung’. https://www.smalljoys.tv/vape-irreversible-popcorn-lung/