Electronic cigarettes for smoking cessation: a randomised controlled trial : the lancet

657 people were randomised (289 to nicotine e cigarettes, 295 to patches, and 73 to placebo e cigarettes) and were included in the intention to treat analysis. At 6 months, verified abstinence was 7 3% (21 of 289) with nicotine e cigarettes, 5 8% (17 of 295) with patches, and 4 1% (three of 73) with placebo e cigarettes (risk difference for nicotine e cigarette vs patches 1 51 95% CI 2 49 to 5 51 for nicotine e cigarettes vs placebo e cigarettes 3 16 95% CI 2 29 to 8 61 ). Achievement of abstinence was substantially lower than we anticipated for the power calculation, thus we had insufficient statistical power to conclude superiority of nicotine e cigarettes to patches or to placebo e cigarettes. We identified no significant differences in adverse events, with 137 events in the nicotine e cigarettes group, 119 events in the patches group, and 36 events in the placebo e cigarettes group. We noted no evidence of an association between adverse events and study product.

Golden globes’ sexy portrayal of e-cigarettes makes lawmakers smolder — cbs news

It was supposed to be a joke a skit during the Golden Globes telecast showing actress Julia Louis Dreyfus puffing on a vaporized e cigarette. In the skit, hosts Tina Fey and Amy Poehler poked fun at Dreyfus, who was then shown looking very cool, in sunglasses, with e cigarette in hand.

Some members of Congress, however, are not laughing, CBS News’ Jan Crawford reports. They accuse the Golden Globes, which also showed actor Leonardo DiCaprio puffing on an e cigarette during the broadcast, of glamorizing smoking.

«You’re killing the next generation of fans in your movies,» Sen. Richard Durbin, D Ill., said on the Senate floor.

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Four senators, including Durbin, fired off angry letters to NBC, which broadcast the show, and to the Hollywood Foreign Press Association, which gave out the awards.

Sen. Richard Blumenthal, D Conn., was one of them. He said e cigarettes are a gateway to smoking.
«There’s a reason that Big Tobacco companies are buying the e cigarette manufacturers, and that is they see a way to induce young people,» he said.

Jason Healy, president of the company that made the e cigarette Dreyfus was smoking, said the accusations are unsupported and not founded in fact.
«It’s like saying energy drinks are a gateway to meth,» he said.

Trade industry representatives agree. «We understand and share the senators’ concerns and are sensitive to imagery that glamorizes smoking,» Phil Daman, president of the Smoke Free Alternatives Trade Association, said in a statement, «however, vaporizing units like e cigarettes are not tobacco products.»

Blumenthal, meanwhile, remains steadfast in his opposition.
«E cigarettes are nicotine delivery devices,» he said. «They have to be viewed, just as tobacco cigarettes are, as a means of delivering a drug nicotine.»