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May 22, 2014

A safer smoke?

NORMAN — As state legislatures and the Food and Drug Administration wrestle with oversight of e-cigarettes, a new study suggests they may be helpful for those trying to kick the tobacco habit.

British researchers found that smokers who used e-cigarettes when they were trying to quit were more likely to succeed than those who used nicotine patches or gum.

The results were published in the journal Addiction. It included nearly 6,000 smokers who tried to quit between 2009 and 2014. About a fifth of the people who tried to quit said they’d tried to abstain from tobacco in the past year using e-cigarettes said they still weren’t smoking at the time they were surveyed.

Cities and towns have struggled with regulations. “Vape” stores have popped up throughout the state and smokers are using the devices in places where most traditional tobacco use is restricted. Several “vapers” were spotted at Sunday’s Summer Breeze concert in Lions Park.

E-cigarette makers are using the study as evidence that their product works. They are also saying “vapers,” unlike traditional cigarette smokers, know what they are smoking.

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