E-cigs unlikely to get cancer patients to quit

Cancer patients who smoke e-cigarettes along with the more conventional kind are more nicotine dependent but less likely to quit smoking tobacco than non-users, according to a US study.

Researchers from the Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Centre in New York City found a three-fold increase in e-cigarette use from 2012-2013 among 1,074 cancer patients enrolled in a tobacco treatment program.

At enrolment, e-cigarette users were more nicotine dependent than non-users, had more prior quit attempts and were more likely to be