Many Doctors Ignore the Benefits of E-Cigarettes for Quitting Smoking – Consumer Health News


MONDAY, April 18, 2022 (HealthDay News) — Many doctors mistakenly believe that all tobacco products are equally harmful, according to a study published online April 15 in Open JAMA Network.

Cristine D. Delnevo, Ph.D., of Rutgers University in New Brunswick, New Jersey, and her colleagues conducted an online survey to assess doctor-patient communication regarding e-cigarettes. The analysis included 2,058 board-certified physician respondents.

The researchers found that more than 60% of doctors believed that all tobacco products were equally harmful. Nearly seven in 10 physicians (69.8%) said they had ever been asked about e-cigarettes by their patients, and 21.7% said they had ever recommended e-cigarettes to a patient. Physicians most likely to recommend e-cigarettes to patients included pulmonologists (adjusted odds ratio [aOR], 2.14), cardiologists (aOR, 2.04), and those implementing the US Public Health Service Clinical Practice Guidelines (aOR, 1.77). Additionally, those who said they were asked about e-cigarettes were more likely to recommend e-cigarettes (ORa, 16.60). In clinical scenarios, compared to a young light smoker with no previous cessation treatment, physicians were more likely to recommend e-cigarettes for quitting smoking to an older heavy smoker with multiple unsuccessful attempts (15.2 vs 49, 3%).

“The results of this study suggest that physicians recommend e-cigarettes for cessation or harm reduction in certain risk-based circumstances, such as the treatment of patients with tobacco-related disease,” the authors write.

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