Can E-cigarettes Help You Quit Smoking?

You’ve probably heard a lot about electronic cigarettes (also called e-cigarettes, e-hookas, shisha pens and vape pens) as an alternative to regular cigarettes.

You’ve probably heard a lot about electronic cigarettes (also called e-cigarettes, e-hookas, shisha pens and vape pens) as an alternative to regular cigarettes. These devices deliver nicotine by heating it and converting it to a water vapor that contains lower levels of toxins than regular cigarettes—but they could contain chemicals and carcinogens that are harmful to your health.

As for their role in helping someone quit smoking, there is no proof that e-cigarettes can help you kick the habit—as a matter of fact, recent studies have shown that they may even make it harder for you to quit. Researchers have found that smokers who used e-cigarettes were less likely to quit smoking than smokers who didn’t use e-cigarettes.

Because e-cigarettes have not been approved by the Food and Drug Administration, good information about the components and their potentially harmful contents is hard to come by. The American Heart Association is among 16 leading national health organizations that have signed a joint letter to President Obama asking for adoption of new regulations for e-cigarettes. They are concerned that they could pose a serious health risk to children and adults.

So if you’re thinking that e-cigarettes might be a good way to wean yourself off of regular cigarettes, think again. Talk to your healthcare provider about other ways to quit smoking, and give e-cigarettes a pass.

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