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E-cigarettes ‘less addictive than standard tobacco products’

20th June 2017

People who use electronic cigarettes are generally less compulsively dependent upon them than users of standard tobacco cigarettes.

This is according to a new study from Penn State College of Medicine, which analysed behavioural data from 3,586 participants in the US-based Population Assessment of Tobacco and Health survey.

It was observed that e-cigarette users generally waited longer to start using the product after waking up, were less likely to identify themselves as being addicted, to have strong cravings or to feel they really needed their product.

E-cigarette users were also less likely to say they found it difficult to refrain from using their product in restricted places, though all participants were still considered to be dependent, due to their regularity of use.

Study leader Guodong Liu, assistant professor of public health sciences at Penn State College of Medicine, said: "No doubt about it, e-cigarettes are addictive, but not at the same level as traditional cigarettes."

Further research will now examine whether users' nicotine levels matched their own perceptions of their dependence levels, as well as looking at whether e-cigarette users generally go on to smoke conventional cigarettes.

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