Research on the Effectiveness of E-cigarettes in Assisting Smokers of Quitting [Interview][Transcript]


Guest: Dr. Aziz Rahman
Presenter: Wayne Bucklar
Guest Bio: Dr. Aziz Rahman is a Public Health Specialist and a Medical Doctor. He has a strong background in cardiovascular disease research, epidemiology and prevention of communicable & non-communicable diseases, with a special interest in tobacco research. Dr Rahman completed PhD in Public Health from Australia, Master of Public Health (MPH) and Bachelor of Medicine and Surgery (MBBS) from Bangladesh. He is also trained on advanced Epidemiology from Europe and Australia, specialized course on Global Tobacco Control from Johns Hopkins University, USA.

Segment overview: For our Health Academy Series today, we are joined by Dr. Aziz Rahman from the Mary MacKillop Institute for Health Research at the Australian Catholic University in Melbourne, Australia. He is here to share the results of his research on how E-cigarettes can help smokers quit. Their recent study found that that among 1,242 smokers, 224 (18 per cent) reported that they gave up smoking by using e-cigarettes for a minimum period of six months. They also found that nicotine filled e-cigarettes were more effective for cessation than those without nicotine and that the use of e-cigarettes helped smokers cut back on the number of cigarettes that they smoked.

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