E-cigarette is less addictive than cigarettes

On March 20, 2020, the National Library of Medicine and the National Institutes of Health published an e-cigarette addiction study on the official website. The study is titled “Horizontal Comparison of the Dependence of American Adults on Electronic Cigarettes and Cigarettes”. The study uses a representative of American adults as a sample and analyzes and compares 13,311 e-cigarette users and traditional smokers. Psychometric dependence of e-cigarettes and cigarettes.

E-cigarette is much less addictive than cigarettes

The researchers found that users’ dependence on e-cigarettes was significantly lower than that on regular cigarettes.

“There is no doubt that e-cigarettes are addictive, but they are different from traditional cigarettes. We compared the dual users of e-cigarettes and cigarettes, and their dependence on e-cigarettes is significantly lower than that of cigarettes (1.58 [SE = 0.05] For 2.76 [0.04]), p <0.0001). Not only that, separate group studies of e-cigarette users and smokers also showed that e-cigarettes are less addictive than cigarettes (1.95 [0.05] vs. 2.52 [0.02], p < 0.0001).”

significantly lower than that on regular cigarettes

Studies have shown that few e-cigarette users are highly dependent on e-cigarettes, but most smokers are highly dependent on cigarettes. Interestingly, the most reliant on e-cigarette users are those who switch to e-cigarettes to quit smoking and stop smoking. Those who have no history of smoking and only use e-cigarettes have the least dependence. The researchers believe that this is consistent with the idea of ​​smokers by transferring and transitioning their dependence to e-cigarettes. It may be based on such reasons and facts that they stopped smoking and completely transitioned to e-cigarettes, becoming the group most likely to use e-cigarettes frequently. However, regardless of the size of cigarette addiction, and whether or not e-cigarettes are still used, the researchers found that the results are consistent under the group comparison of various situations-the dependence on e-cigarettes is much lower than that on cigarettes. This suggests that who switched from smoking to electronic cigarettes may reduce their dependence on nicotine, as well as health risks.

The researchers finally reached a suggestive conclusion: modern medicine has pointed out that the harm of cigarettes is not caused by nicotine dependence, but caused by other toxic substances exposed to cigarette smoke. In fact, the proponents of harm reduction believe that from the perspective of harm reduction, if e-cigarettes can successfully replace cigarettes in the future to reduce the risk of users, then e-cigarettes should be dependent to a certain extent. It was even criticized because it did not allow users to rely on it, resulting in poor popularity. Therefore, when weighing e-cigarettes to reduce the expected damage to the body, we believe that some continued dependence may be beneficial or even necessary.

 

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