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Study: E-cigarettes could help smokers kick their habit

Study: E-cigarettes could help smokers kick their habit

Study: E-cigarettes could help smokers kick their habit

INDIANAPOLIS (WISH) — A recent study out of London and published in the journal Addiction says e-cigarettes could be 95% more likely to help a person quit smoking than traditional nicotine replacement aids. 

The 12-year study of nearly 20,000 people compared the quitting success rates of several stop-smoking aids.

Successful quitters were those who hadn’t smoked for at least one year.

Nationwide, the CDC says almost 70% of smokers want to quit. 

In Indiana, 10% of high school students and 6% of adults have reported using e-cigarettes. That’s according to the state’s Tobacco Prevention and Cessation Commission.

Authors of the study say it should spark the conversation of how e–cigarettes could be an effective way of helping people kick the habit. 

The study also revealed that smokers who were prescribed nicotine replacement aids by a medical professional were 34% more likely to quit. 

Doctor Mitchell Pfeiffer, a Pulmonologist at St. Vincent, warns this is a dangerous slope. 

He says while no study has ever shown near this quit rate, the results are not valid unless reproducible.

He also cautions anyone who wants to quit by looking for a shortcut. 

“Insurance companies over the years generally won’t cover nicotine replacement stuff, because they say, if you want to quit, you’re more likely to quit if you spend your own money. If it doesn’t cost you anything to get the product, you have no skin in the game and you’re not likely to quit,” said Dr. Pfeiffer. 

Dr. Pfeiffer says nicotine is still being inhaled even when vaping. He warns everyone nicotine is still a drug and highly addictive.

While e-cigarettes may pose less risk than traditional smoking, Dr. Pfeiffer says e-cigarettes are still not as good as not smoking or never smoking. 

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2 Columbus police officers arrested, facing charges of misconduct, ghost employment

COLUMBUS, Ind. (WISH) — Two Columbus police officers have been arrested on multiple charges including official misconduct and ghost employment.

According to Indiana State Police, Dan Meister and Ron May were arrested for allegedly working off-duty security jobs while also working on duty with the Columbus Police Department. An investigation into the officers began in November 2018 after a request was made by the Columbus Police Department.

Lt. Dan Meister and Sgt. Ron May allegedly worked overlapping shifts for both the police department and Columbus Regional Hospital between February 2015 and August 2018. The officers were paid by CPD and the hospital for the same hours worked on multiple occasions.

Meister had overlapped hours on 52 different occasions and May overlapped on 62 occasions, investigators say.

The investigation was turned over to a special prosecutor and arrest warrants were issued for the men on Friday. They were arrested Friday afternoon without incident and taken to the Bartholomew County Jail, police say.

Both officers are facing charges of official misconduct, ghost employment and theft.

May and Meister are expected to face initial hearings soon.

Information about how long they have worked with CPD was not immediately available.