MINNEAPOLIS (WCCO) – A new study is looking into whether or not electronic cigarettes are an effective way to stop, or cut back on smoking as many smokers turn to them as an alternative.

E-cigarettes turn a liquid solution into a vapor, and some contain nicotine.

Researchers at the University of California, San Francisco followed nearly 1,000 smokers for a year. During which time they found no link between e-cigarettes and quitting, or cutting down on smoking.

“There was no association between having tried an e-cigarette and using an e-cigarette and quitting smoking at one year follow up,” Dr. Rachel Grana of the UCSF said.

The study also found that women are more likely to use e-cigarettes than men.

The Tobacco Vapor Electronic Cigarette Association is criticizing the study for its limited data.

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