Wednesday’s Ask Dr. Walt — Smoking Cessation Through Vaping: Just a Pipe Dream?

Dear Dr. Walt,

Can e-cigarettes help me stop smoking?

—Want to Quit in Arizona 

Dear Hooked,

According to the FDA, electronic cigarettes, or e-cigarettes, are devices that allow users to inhale a vapor containing nicotine. They generally are battery operated and use a heating element to heat e-liquid from a refillable cartridge, releasing a chemical-filled aerosol.

Many e-cigarette companies market their product as a tool to help smokers quit. However, the FDA’s Center for Drug Evaluation and Research has not approved any e-cigarette as a safe or effective method to help smokers quit.

Furthermore, instead of quitting, between one-half and three quarters of e-cigarette users continue to use e-cigarettes while still using conventional cigarettes.

The U.S. Public Health Service has found that the seven therapies approved by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration in combination with individual, group, or phone cessation counseling are the most effective way to help smokers quit.

Until and unless the FDA approves a specific electronic nicotine delivery system or e-cigarette as safe and effective for use as a tobacco cessation aid, the American Lung Association does not support their use for cessation or any direct or implied claims that e-cigarettes help smokers quit.

Dr. Walt


This Q&A was published in the November 2016 edition of Today’s Christian Living.

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