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People opting for e-cigarettes for quitting traditional smoking are less likely to quit as compared to those who don’t use such devices, past research revealed.

“The odds of quitting were 28 percent lower for smokers using e-cigarettes than people not using e-cigarettes,” said senior author Stanton Glantz, of the Center for Tobacco Control Research and Education at the University of California, San Francisco.

They found 38 studies, and combined the data from the 20 that compared cigarette smokers who use e-cigarettes to smokers who don’t use them.

Also, in a separate study, scientists found that e-cigarettes are equally harmful like normal cigarettes. These electronics cigarettes can alter cell and kill cells similar to normal cigarettes. In addition, something other than nicotine contributes to the negative effect of e-cigs.

For the study, researchers tested two variants of e-cigs — nicotine and nicotine free version. Nicotine version makes a person addictive and affects cells, researchers already knew that. However, study authors were astonished to see that nicotine free version too altered cells and killed some cells in extreme cases.

A substantial proportion of non-smokers may view hookah as a safer and acceptable way to use tobacco,”  said Cristine D. Delnevo from Rutgers University in US. Nearly quarter of adults in the US rates hookah a safer option than cigarettes.

Currently, there are more than 500 brands of e-cig and their marketing strategies makes them appear to the public that e-cigs are safe and will not cause any harm to health. Thus, attractive advertisement encourages people in using e-cig and develops a belief that e-cigs are safe when compared to regular cigarettes.

According to reports, more than 2.6 million people use e-cigarettes in the UK itself and India is not far behind. Rodriguez further added that more research is needed to study the long-term effect of e-cigs.

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