Adding to a growing body of research on e-ciagerette use patterns, some recent cigarette quitters may have done so with the assistance of e-cigarettes, according to Science Daily.
In “Patterns Of Electronic Cigarette Use Among Adults in the United States,” published earlier this month in Nicotine & Tobacco Research, researchers analyzed data from the 2014 National Health Interview Survey (NHIS) of 36,697 US adults age 18 and over to assess daily e-cigarette use and its association with demographic characteristics and cigarette smoking status. The researchers analyzed e-cigarette use among adults who are current daily cigarette smokers, current some day cigarette smokers, recent quitters — those who quit within the last year, former smokers who quit two to three years ago, former smokers who quit four or more years ago and never smokers.
Consistent with a report recently released by the CDC, the authors found that, overall, 12.6 percent of all adults report having ever tried e-cigarettes. The Rutgers/Truth Initiative study goes further by examining daily use of e-cigarettes and found that nearly half (49 percent) of daily cigarette smokers have ever tried e-cigarettes. “The highest prevalence of daily e-cigarette use we observed was among current smokers and former smokers who quit within the past year. The recent quitters are four times more likely to be daily users of e-cigarettes than current cigarette smokers (13 percent vs. 3.5 percent),” said Cristine Delnevo, the study’s lead author. “This study is in line with other recent evidence that regular, daily e-cigarette use may help some smokers quit cigarettes,” Delnevo added.