November 10, 2013 9:05 am

Are e cigarettes safe? Could I use them to stop smoking?

Posted in: Ask the Pros

Q: Are  e cigarettes safe? Could I use them to stop smoking?

 

A: By 2016, the regulatory agencies of various countries intend for the manufacturing companies of e cigarettes to be licensed. Currently, no standard for quality and safety exists.  Studies here have shown that the amount of nicotine placed in e cigarettes can vary widely even within the same company.  This variable amount of nicotine means that the e cigarette would not be a good way to stop smoking.  Another concern with  e cigarettes is that they could become the “gateway” for nonsmokers to start smoking.  The Centers for Disease Control found that 20% of users of e cigarettes in the United States have never smoked before.  Recommendations to stop smoking at this time are to use licensed medication and behavioral support, and if you don’t smoke, don’t start!

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