Can e-cigarettes really help you quit?

OTTAWA, June 6, 2016 /CNW/ - Electronic cigarettes are often thought to be safer than cigarettes because they don't contain the tar and chemicals of tobacco. According to the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, nearly half of all smokers who want to quit have tried e-cigarettes1 because their resemblance to cigarettes is believed to make quitting easier. But how safe are they really?

Dr. Mark Eisenberg, a CIHR-funded researcher from McGill University, is working on the first Canadian study on the use of e-cigarettes to aid smoking cessation.


The Canadian Institutes of Health Research (CIHR) is the Government of Canada's health research investment agency. CIHR's mission is to create new scientific knowledge and to enable its translation into improved health, more effective health services and products, and a strengthened health care system for Canadians. Composed of 13 Institutes, CIHR provides leadership and support to more than 13,000 health researchers and trainees across Canada.

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1 Eisenberg, Mark, Electronic Cigarettes in North America. America Heart Association. 2014.


SOURCE Canadian Institutes of Health Research

For further information: Dr. Eisenberg is available to discuss his research. To book an interview, please contact: David Coulombe, Media Relations, Canadian Institutes of Health Research, 613-941-4563,


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