People who vape and smoke cigarettes are no more likely to drop the nicotine habit than those who just smoke, suggests a study in Nicotine & Tobacco Research.
Researchers sat down with study participants every six months for 18 months to ask them about tobacco use, interest in quitting, and quit attempts they had made. They also documented what type of tobacco products the participants used.
At the first check-in, six months into the study, the dual users were more likely to have stopped using tobacco, but that difference disappeared by the one-year and 18-month interviews. By the end of the study, most dual users were back to smoking cigarettes exclusively.
"The initial difference we saw might be due to a higher interest in quitting among the dual users, but that higher quit rate vanished with time," says lead author Laura Sweet. "Tobacco is such a huge killer and, if these products help people quit, that could be really significant for public health, but in this study it looks like they don't, and we need to know that as well."
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