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Short course: E-cigarettes primarily used to quit tobacco,says study

E-cigarettes primarily used to quit tobacco,says study

Published: April 6, 2013 12:12:21 am

E-cigarettes primarily used to quit tobacco,says study

NEW YORK: Although the long-term health effects of electronic cigarettes are unknown,a new survey finds people who use the devices think of them as a safer alternative to tobacco and a means to break the smoking habit. Researchers from the UK surveyed about 1,400 e-cigarette users on the Internet,76 percent of whom said they started using their devices to replace cigarettes entirely. A much smaller percentage said their goal was to quit smoking or to improve their health. One researcher who has studied e-cigarette users said the findings allay fears that people are using the devices to get more nicotine on top of what’s already in tobacco cigarettes,instead of for smoking cessation. “This study really indicates people are using them specifically to try to quit smoking or try to get off cigarettes. This dual-use idea is simply not a tenable idea anymore,” said Boston University’s Dr Michael Siegel,who was not involved in the new research. reuters

Reducing salt,increasing potassium can ward off stroke

LONDON: Cutting down on salt and at the same time increasing levels of potassium in our diets will save millions of lives every year from heart disease and stroke,a new research says. Three new studies published in British Medical Journal found that increasing potassium intake and cutting down on salt will reduce the risk of stroke. The first study examined the effects of modest salt reduction on blood pressure,hormones,and blood fats (lipids) from 34 trials involving over 3,000 adults. It found a modest reduction in salt for four or more weeks led to significant falls in blood pressure in people with both raised and normal blood pressure. The effect was seen in white and black people and in men and women,thereby reducing strokes,heart attacks,and heart failure across populations. Similar results were found in a second analysis of 56 studies; of which 37 were high quality studies reporting blood pressure,blood lipids,catecholamine levels or renal function. pti

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