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Electronic cigarettes for smoking cessation: What's the evidence?

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Published on Feb 28, 2017

Health Evidence hosted a 90 minute webinar examining the effectiveness of electronic cigarettes for smoking cessation.

Muhannad Malas and Robert Schwartz led the session and presented findings from their recent review:

Malas M, van der Tempel J, Schwartz R, Minichiello A, Lightfoot C, Noormohamed A, et al. (2016). Electronic cigarettes for smoking cessation: A systematic review. Nicotine & Tobacco Research, 18(10), 1926-1936.

Cigarette smoking is among the top causes of preventable death and disease. Electronic cigarettes have been increasing in popularity among smokers who report using them for quitting or reducing smoking. This review examines the effectiveness of electronic cigarettes as cessation aids. Sixty two articles, including RCTs, experimental, longitudinal and cross sectional studies are included in this review. Findings suggest there is inconclusive evidence due to low quality of research. This webinar provides a comprehensive overview of current literature examining the effectiveness of electronic cigarettes for smoking cessation.

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