Vaping's Smoking Guns

As debate roils over whether e-cigarettes are a key quit-smoking tool or a bane on health, new research says e-cigarettes are twice as effective as nicotine replacements for people trying to quit, the Washington Post reported.
 
Physicians have long avoided recommending e-cigarettes for smoking cessation due to scant data. This study—the first randomized trial comparing the effectiveness of the 2 approaches—could change that, says lead author Peter Hajek of Queen Mary University.
 
But 2 editorials threw a wrench in the findings. One called for an FDA ban on all flavored e-cigarettes, the New York Times reported. The other, by Boston University researchers, said e-cigarettes should only be used when FDA-approved therapies fail.
 
In another new study, researchers linked e-cigarettes to an increased risk of stroke, heart attack and heart disease, NPR reported. “There’s a certain notion that e-cigarettes are harmless,” says its author Paul Ndunda of the University of Kansas. “while they’re less harmful than normal cigarettes, their use still comes with risks.”

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