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Smoking Cessation Health Center

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Are E-Cigarettes Here to Stay?

Study Suggests Current and Former Smokers Are Turning to Electronic Cigarettes

E-Cigarettes May Be Here to Stay

Another issue with e-cigarettes is that you can't always be sure what you are getting when you purchase nicotine cartridges.

Pearson suggests using FDA-approved smoking cessation tools to quit smoking.

Michael Siegel, MD, disagrees. He is the associate chairman of community health sciences at the Boston University School of Public Health.

They do have an important role to play in getting people to quit smoking, he says. "Taking them off of the market would be a disaster because essentially all of these smokers would be forced to go back to cigarette smoking," he predicts.

"They feel like a cigarette, look like a cigarette, and you smoke it like a cigarette and see vapor when you exhale," he says. This is appealing to a smoker who is often as addicted to the nicotine as the actual act of smoking a cigarette.

They are not attracting new smokers, he says. "Very few never-smokers are using these products, so all the concerns that kids and nonsmokers are going to use them seem unfounded," Siegel says.

Gilbert Ross, MD, agrees. He is the executive director and medical director of the American Council on Science and Health, a New York City-based consumer education/public health organization.

"E-cigs contain only water vapor, safe [diluents] such as glycerin, and nicotine, in a cigarette-like delivery device, and [are] highly likely to be much less harmful than inhaling combusted tobacco smoke."

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