Smokers should not rely on e-cigarettes to quit smoking: study

Monday 10 April 2017 2 months ago 44   New York   Print

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Report  Web desk : NEW YORK: Smokers should not rely on e-cigarettes to give up the habit due to a lack of evidence that they effectively help people to quit, the Health and Information and Quality Authority (Hiqa) has said. In its first analysis of the cost-effectiveness of using e-cigarettes to help people quit smoking, Hiqa said the Minister for Health should invest further funds in interventions to help the approximately 820,000 Irish smokers break the habit. The health body also recommended that the Minister await the results of ongoing trials on the long-term effects of e-cigarettes before advocating their use as a means of ending smoking habits. The HSE spends more than €240 million a year on smoking-related diseases including lung cancer, respiratory diseases and cardiovascular diseases such as heart attacks and strokes, according to Hiqa. Patients with these smoking-related health issues account for about 28,000 hospital admissions and some 11,000 day cases per annum. 02