E-cigarettes have constantly been promoted on the claims that these are ‘smoking cessation aids’. The new study, which was published on Monday, has added to the debate over how tightly the products should be regulated.

The research done by University of California, San Francisco looked at the habits of 88 smokers who also used e-cigarettes and found that they were no more likely to quit smoking after a year, compared to smokers who didn't use the devices.

E-cigarettes were first introduced in China in 2004 and have since grown into a USD 2 billion industry. The battery-powered devices let users inhale nicotine-infused vapors, which don't contain the harmful tar and carbon monoxide in tobacco.

E-cigarettes do not produce combustible smoke like lit cigarettes and they do not contain tar. These are relatively cheaper than regular cigarettes, with one USD 6 refill cartridge that often lasts a week.


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