Cancer Society: eCigarette Study Proves Nothing


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Statement from Russ Sciandra, NYS Director of Advocacy, American Cancer Society of NY & NJ in response to new study on e-cigarettes
“There are simply too many unknowns when it comes to e-cigarettes.  While a new study out today (Electronic Cigarettes as a Smoking Cessation Tool) touts e-cigarettes as a potential smoking cessation device, there still is no scientific evidence that e-cigarettes are a safe substitute for traditional cigarettes or an effective smoking cessation tool.  In effect, this study proves nothing.

First, more than half those surveyed did not respond.  It's reasonable to assume that nonresponders are more likely continuing smokers, and in fact would be counted that way in many studies.  This lowers the "success" rate from 30% to 15%. 

Second, cessation is based only on self-report  There is no biochemical (or any other kind) of  independent validation.  This biases the findings toward cessation.

Finally, it's based on only one brand of e-cigarette and studies have shown tremendous variability in the nicotine delivery and other factors between and within brands.

We certainly support the development of therapies that help people quit smoking.  If these devices work as the manufacturers claim they do, we urge them to submit their products for clinical research and present the findings to the FDA to determine if they indeed should be classified as a smoking cessation product.  In the meantime, New York State should absolutely halt the sale of these products to children and prevent their sale to adults until they're proven safe. ”

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