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Study: Use of e-cigarettes not linked to quitting smoking

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Bethany O'Grady says e-cigarettes helped her kick her pack-a-day smoking habit. "I never want to smoke a real cigarette again," she said.
 
Electronic cigarettes turn a liquid solution into a vapor -- and some contain nicotine. Many believe they can help people quit smoking. But researchers at the University of California, San Francisco followed nearly 1,000 smokers for a year and found no link between e-cigarettes and quitting, or cutting down on smoking.
 
The research conducted to date, including our study, do not support the claim that e-cigarettes are an effective form of smoking cessation," said UCSF's Dr. Rachel Grana.
 
The study authors are calling for regulations prohibiting brands from making claims that e-cigarettes can help people stop smoking, at least until there is scientific evidence. "Because e-cigarettes are unregulated, consumers can not know what they are putting into their bodies, and there have been no long-term studies on the health effects," Dr. Grana said.
 
Researchers acknowledged just 88 of the people who participated in the study used e-cigarettes.
 
The Tobacco Vapor Electronic Cigarette Association criticizes the study for its limited data and says that e-cigarettes are vastly less harmful than tobacco.
 
O'Grady says e-cigarettes worked for her, but wants more research. "If there is a negative aspect, I would like to know sooner than later," she said.
 
For now, she says she'll get her fix from e-cigarettes.

Adriana Diaz - CBS News

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