Do doctors recommend trying e-cigs as an alternative to smoking?

tobacco-free alternative

tobacco-free alternative

An increasing number of people are turning to e-cigarettes as a tobacco-free alternative. Whether they are trying to kick their smoking habits to the curb, or simply just cutting down on their nicotine intake, e-cigarettes have been increasing in popularity on the market.

Although vaping has amplified into a hip, societal trend, the real question is do doctors suggest that their patients try e-cigs as a nicotine substitute?

Some key points to consider

  • Studies suggest that using an e-cigarette is still substantially safer than smoking tobacco products, especially the non-nicotine products on the market.
  • Although the ingredients of e-cigarettes may vary, they typically present a much lower level of toxins than a combustible cigarette.
  • Currently e-cigarettes are consumer-regulated products making them easier to balance your nicotine intake.

Are e-cigarettes effective in helping people quit smoking?

  • E-cigs are a tobacco-free alternative and the most popular aid that people are using when they attempt to quit smoking (aside from nicotine patches and gum).
  • Although evidence in this area remains weak, some studies demonstrate a positive relationship between the use of e-cigarettes and the discontinuance of smoking.
  • The combination of behavioural supports and vaping is likely to increase the chance of successfully quitting tobacco use altogether.

What are doctors saying?

Electronic cigarettes are continuing to help smokers quit around the world and at this time there are no serious side effects that can attributed to their use, research suggests.

While the long-term side effects and health risks are still unknown, there is a growing consensus that e-cigarettes are still much safer than smoking.

Although regardless of any evidence, general practitioners (GP) should be offering more in-depth advice to patients that are looking to this smoking alternative.

The National Institute for Health and Care Excellence (NICE), alongside doctors in England and Wales, believe that smokers should be told that smoking e-cigarettes AIDS in smoking cessation.

Needless to say vaping is an alternative worth trying with studies showing that, “one cigarette per day carries a risk of developing coronary heart disease” and therefore quitting combustible smoking altogether can significantly reduce risks of this disorder.

Tell us what you think? Do you know anyone that has used e-cigs to cut back their nicotine cravings? Drop a comment in the section below.

 

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