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Study looks at e-cigarette usage among smokers

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A new study is raising questions about whether e-cigarettes can really help someone quit smoking.

The study, described in a Time magazine article, looked at a small group of smokers who also used e-cigarettes. It found that smokers who also used the devices were no more likely to quit smoking after a year, compared to smokers who didn't use e-cigarettes.

A Vanderbilt doctor talked about whether they really don't help people kick the habit.

"It is very difficult to transition to e-cigarettes and get down gradually because of the addictive nature of inhaling nicotine and getting it to the brain," said Dr. Melanie Swift, Vanderbilt director of Occupational Health.

Swift says it's better to use something that doesn't give you sudden highs and lows like e-cigarettes.

In fact, she said you're better to quit cold turkey than use e-cigarettes.

Many insist e-cigarettes are a better and safer option than smoking tobacco, but others argue they're just another way to get nicotine.

It's important to note that this study was small, and many doctors agree that a larger study is needed.

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