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But they don’t tell the whole story.
Two new studies released Tuesday have put electronic cigarettes in a positive light: They could be the ultimate quit-smoking tool.
The first study was published in the British Medical Journal (BMJ), and it found that while using e-cigarettes did not prompt people to quit, their increase in use was associated with an increase in successful smoking cessation.
At the same time, another review by a different British group sought to update some old information. Two years ago, researchers published an analysis of a few randomized, controlled trials and found that e-cigarettes helped people quit smoking. While new randomized, controlled trials have come out since then, the researchers added 11 observational studies that also showed no adverse effects from vaping with e-cigarettes for up to two years.
But these studies don’t close the door on e-cigarette research. The Daily Dot investigated all the science out there earlier this year. We found there are many studies that do find hints that e-cigarettes, which are only about 10 years old, may lead to slow-developing heart and lung diseases.
Not to mention that lots of other studies find the opposite is true: Using e-cigarettes keeps people smoking, and doesn’t help them quit. This shows that the evidence isn’t complete yet, and more research needs to be done.
Cynthia McKelvey covered the health and science for the Daily Dot until 2017. She earned a graduate degree in science communication from the University of California Santa Cruz in 2014. Her work has appeared in Gizmodo, Scientific American Mind, and Mic.com.