publication date: Jan. 31, 2020

Surgeon General’s report notes lack of evidence on e-cigarettes in smoking cessation

By Alexandria Carolan

A report by the Office of the Surgeon General finds that more than two-thirds of United States adult cigarette smokers report interest in quitting cigarette smoking; and the majority of adult cigarette smokers in the U.S. have tried to quit during the past year.

The document, which was released Jan. 23, reviews and updates evidence on the importance of quitting smoking. It’s the first such report in 30 years.

“We know more about the science of quitting than ever before. As a nation, we can and must do more to ensure that evidence-based cessation treatments are reaching the people that need them,” Surgeon General Vice Adm. Jerome M. Adams said in a statement. “I’m calling on healthcare professionals, health systems, employers, insurers, public health professionals, and policy makers to take action to put an end to the staggering—and completely preventable—human and financial tolls that smoking takes on our country.”

The report notes that “there is presently inadequate evidence to conclude that e-cigarettes, in general, increase smoking cessation.”

While proponents argue that e-cigarettes help smokers quit, critics say that these products have become a gateway for nicotine addiction among children and young adults (The Cancer Letter, Sept. 27, 2019; Oct. 6, 2017).

“E-cigarettes, a continually changing and diverse group of products, are used in a variety of ways,” the report states. “Therefore, it is difficult to make generalizations about efficacy for cessation based on clinical trials involving a particular e-cigarette.”

The report’s other conclusions include:

Smoking cessation benefits persons at any age.

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