Electronic cigarettes (e-cigarettes) are marketed as a safer alternative to traditional cigarettes and a way to manage nicotine cravings if you’re trying to quit. But here are 3 good reasons to give them a thumb down.
1. Safety concerns:
After analyzing e-cigarette samples, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) found that some products contain cancer-causing agents and toxic chemicals such as diethylene glycol, an ingredient used in antifreeze.
2. No convincing evidence they will help you quit:
In fact, there is evidence suggesting the opposite: A 2014 study by researchers at the University of California, San Francisco, revealed that smokers who use e-cigarettes are a third less likely to quit than those who don’t use them.
3. What’s proven to work still works:
Evidence shows the most effective way to quit is to use a combination of FDA-approved medications (like the nicotine patch, gum, lozenge, or bupropion) and counseling support. Choose what works for you: Wellness Coaching by tap into the power of a group in a Health Education stop smoking class.