It's a big question for smokers and policymakers alike: Do electronic cigarettes help people quit? In a large study of company wellness programs, e-cigarettes worked no better than traditional stop-smoking tools, and the only thing that really helped was paying folks to kick the habit. Critics of the study say it doesn't close the case on these popular vaping products. It didn't rigorously test effectiveness, just compared e-cigarettes to other methods among 6,000 smokers who were offered help to quit. That's still valuable information because it's what happens in daily life. Providing e-cigarettes "did not improve the number of people who quit compared to essentially doing nothing," said Dr. Scott Halpern of the University of Pennsylvania. "The very best way to help them quit is to offer them money." He led the study, published Wednesday by the New England Journal of Medicine. It was sponsored by the Vitality Group, which runs company wellness programs. The makers of NJOY e-cigarettes … [Read more...] about Money helps smokers quit better than e-cigarettes, study finds
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(CBS/AP) The government has another bailout on the books... this time it's a plan to help older smokers kick the habit.Medicare is finally catching up with most private insurers by providing counseling for anyone on the program who is trying to quit smoking.Experts say it's never too late, even for lifelong smokers."The elderly can respond to smoking cessation counseling even if they have been smoking for 30 years or more," says Dr. Barry Straube, Medicare's chief medical officer. "We do know we can see a reduction in the death rate and complications from smoking-related illnesses." Not only cancer, heart disease and lung problems, which can kill, but also gastric reflux, osteoporosis and other ailments that undermine quality of life. There are an estimated 4.5 million older smokers in the U.S., or about one in 10. Among the population as a whole, one in five people smoke. Medicare, the government health insurance program for seniors and the disabled, already covers drugs used to help … [Read more...] about CBS News Logo Medicare Helps Smokers Quit: Should Government Bail Them Out Too?
(CBS) Can text messages help smokers quit? The British researchers behind the aptly named "txt2stop" study think so. They believe their motivational texting program could benefit the two out of three smokers who say they want to quit. "This research has shown that texting could be a powerful tool to help people to walk away from cigarettes for good." Professor Max Parmer, director of the Medical Research Council said in a written statement. For the study - published in the June 29 issue of The Lancet - researchers split 5,800 British smokers into groups. One group received motivational text messages, the other generic texts. People in the txt2stop group received five text messages a day for five weeks, then cut down to three messages a week for the remainder of the 26-week study. They were also allowed to send texts to receive a motivational message like "Cravings last less than 5 minutes on average. To help distract yourself, try sipping a drink slowly until the craving is over." … [Read more...] about CBS News Logo U can quit 2day! Study shows text messages help smokers quit
LONDON - A pill developed in Bulgaria during the Soviet era shows promise for helping millions of smokers cheaply and safely kick the habit, the first big study of it shows. It could become a new weapon to combat smoking in poor countries, but it is unclear whether it will ever reach the market in the U.S. or Western Europe. The drug, cytisine, is now used just in Eastern Europe, where smokers usually take the pill for three or four weeks. Generic versions cost as little as $5 to $17 a month, compared with about $100 for an eight-week supply of nicotine patches or about $300 for a 12-week supply of Pfizer Inc.'s Chantix pill — common treatments in rich countries to help smokers quit. Cytisine "is so cheap that even in developing countries, if you can afford to smoke, you can afford to stop," said Dr. Robert West of University College London. He led the study, published in Thursday's New England Journal of Medicine. Cytisine, sold as Tabex by Sopharma AD, a Bulgaria-based company, … [Read more...] about CBS News Logo Soviet-era Bulgarian pill helping smokers quit
(CBS) For smokers who want to make the leap to quit, are nicotine replacement therapies (NRTs) the way to go? A new study suggests therapies like the nicotine patch and gum may not be as effective as some smokers trying to quit might hope.PICTURES - 55 gruesome tobacco warning labels For the study, researchers at Harvard School of Public Health and the University of Massachusetts Boston followed 787 adult smokers in Massachusetts who had recently quit smoking. They asked whether the participants had used a nicotine replacement therapy - including nicotine patches, gum, inhalers or nasal sprays - to help them quit, and if they had, for how long. Participants were also asked if they had received help from a quit-smoking program, doctor, counselor or other professional.What did the study show? Almost one third of quitters relapsed. And the relapse rate was the same for those who used nicotine therapies for more than six weeks and those who didn't - with or without professional counseling. … [Read more...] about CBS News Logo Nicotine patches, gum won’t help smokers quit for good: Study
Using an electronic cigarette won't make you any more likely to quit smoking actual cigarettes, according to a new study. In a new research letter published March 24 in JAMA Internal Medicine, researchers at the University of California San Francisco surveyed the same group of about 950 smokers in November 2011 and 2012 and asked them about their smoking habits. They found those who tried e-cigarettes were no more likely to quit than those who hadn't. For the baseline survey, participants were asked if they had used electronic cigarettes in the past 30 days (even once); how many conventional cigarettes they smoked per day; time to first cigarette (less than or more than 30 minutes after waking each day); and whether they intended to quit smoking with the next six months, if at all. Only 88 participants said they used e-cigarettes, which are metallic tubes that allow liquid nicotine to be converted into a flavored inhalable vapor without the use of combustion. Participants were … [Read more...] about CBS News Logo Electronic cigarettes won’t help smokers quit, study claims
Last Updated Jan 14, 2016 6:08 PM EST Electronic cigarettes are widely marketed as a way to help smokers quit traditional cigarettes, but a large new analysis finds they may actually have the opposite effect.In fact, the report, published online today in The Lancet Respiratory Medicine, found that adult smokers who use e-cigarettes are actually 28 percent less likely to stop smoking cigarettes.The question has been studied numerous times in the past, yielding sometimes conflicting results. But the new study -- systematic review and meta-analysis of published data -- is the largest to date."As currently being used, e-cigarettes are associated with significantly less quitting among smokers," wrote first author Dr. Sara Kalkhoran, who was a clinical fellow at the UCSF School of Medicine when the research was conducted. "E-cigarettes should not be recommended as effective smoking cessation aids until there is evidence that, as promoted and used, they assist smoking cessation." Kalkhoran … [Read more...] about CBS News Logo Study: E-cigarettes don’t help smokers quit
Just about every dentist will say smoking ruins your smile, causing conditions that range from tooth discoloration to gum disease to jaw bone loss and oral cancers. But while it's a well-known fact that cigarettes can do serious damage to your oral health, a new study finds dental professionals often fail to discuss smoking cessation with patients who are smokers. The paper, which was published online in Preventing Chronic Disease, a journal from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, finds only 1 in 10 patients who currently smoke has had a conversation with their dentist about quitting. "Dentists can link oral health conditions with smoking during their conversations with patients, and this could serve as a motivator for patients to quit smoking," Amy Ferektich, a professor of epidemiology at Ohio State University's College of Public Health, told CBS News. "Relative to primary care providers, dentists are understudied with respect to their ability to help patients quit … [Read more...] about CBS News Logo Should dentists do more to help smokers quit?
A small U.S. study raises new questions about whether electronic cigarettes lead people to quit smoking, adding to the debate over how tightly the products should be regulated. The study, which looked at the habits of 88 smokers who also used e-cigarettes, was published as a research letter in the journal JAMA Internal Medicine. It found that smokers who also used e-cigarettes were no more likely to quit smoking after a year, compared to smokers who didn't use the devices. Outside experts say the small number of respondents, and a lack of data on whether they intentionally used e-cigarettes to help them quit smoking, mean the findings from the Center for Tobacco Control Research and Education at the University of California, San Francisco can't take the place of much more rigorous study on the subject. E-cigarettes were first introduced in China in 2004 and have since grown into a $2 billion industry. The battery-powered devices let users inhale nicotine-infused vapors, which don't … [Read more...] about E-cigarettes may not help smokers quit
Electronic cigarettes may be helping Americans to kick the smoking habit, according to a study released Wednesday from UC San Diego researchers.The annual quit rate rose from its longtime average of 4.5 percent to 5.6 percent for 2014-15, the most recent period with verified data, according to a U.S. Census survey of tobacco use. It was the first recorded rise in the smoking cessation rate in 15 years.This time period coincided with increased popularity of e-cigarettes, said Shu-Hong Zhu, an author of the new study and director of the Center for Research and Intervention in Tobacco Control at UC San Diego.An intensified, nationwide anti-smoking campaign likely helped as well, he said.Overall, the higher cessation rate translated to about 350,000 more smokers who kicked the habit, according to the report, which was funded by the National Institutes of Health.People who had tried e-cigarettes in the previous 12 months were significantly more likely to have quit smoking traditional … [Read more...] about E-cigarettes may help smokers quit, study finds