A new study states that electronic cigarettes may not be effective in fighting nicotine addiction.
A report recently released by the Italian Health Ministry states that there is currently no scientific proof that e-cigarettes can help people stop smoking. According to ABC News, the ministry explained that young people shouldn’t use the devices since they still deliver nicotine to the body.
Friday’s report remarked that electronic cigarettes were quickly becoming a dangerous “fashion gadget” among today’s youth. Since the device delivers nicotine to the body, the study claims they could pose a serious health risk to kids.
The National Health Institute’s Roberta Pacifici explained:
“We can say that the electronic cigarette is less toxic, but we cannot say that it is totally innocuous. We have to have a prudent approach towards this product as we know little about its worth in stopping people smoking or how toxic it is.”
According to Blisstree, the report explains that e-cigarettes are less harmful than smoking an actual cigarette. What worries researchers the most is that these devices prompt teenagers to switch to actual tobacco products at some point down the line.
Electronic cigarette manufacturers said that device’s sole purpose is to help those who are attempting to kick the habit.
Pacifici said she hopes more regulation into the sale of e-cigarettes will be considered by lawmakers. She explained to ABC News:
“Should its efficacy as a means to curb smoking be proven it should still be treated like all the other substitutive nicotine products like nicotine gum and band aids … as a medical device.”
Earlier this year, a report from the Tobacco Harm Reduction project explained that e-cigarettes might actually help smokers kick the habit. A press release from the Electronic Cigarette Hub stated that “thousands” had quit smoking thanks to devices.
Would you use an electronic cigarette to help battle smoking addiction?