In recent times, smokers have resorted to e-cigarettes to quit smoking. Even with an increase in their popularity, the question of their effectiveness looms large. As it turns out, e-cigs have become another excuse for few to continue smoking. For others, it is the start of a new habit. So, if you are thinking about switching to e-cigs to quit your bad habit, read through to know their effectiveness.
What are e-cigarettes?
E-cigarettes, popularly known as e-cigs or vapes, do not burn, and the process of using an e-cig is called vaping. They have 3 components—a rechargeable battery, an atomizer, a tank or cartridge to hold the nicotine-containing liquid. It is inhaled like their traditional counterpart.
1. Study states that whether a regular cigarette or the e-cig, if they contain nicotine, it is harmful for your lungs.
2. Youth are tempted to use the e-cigs because of their flavour. They think it is light and safe, and can never turn into an addiction. But, the fact is once the brain is used to nicotine, it is difficult to quit.
3. While cigarette advertising has been prohibited, commercial marketing of e-cigs on mass media channels is continuing unabated.
Can it be used in an effective way to quit smoking?
a. Research finds that e-cigs with or without nicotine, is only moderately effective in helping people to quit.
b. If you are not a smoker, it is best to avoid venturing into vaping.
c. If you are trying to quit smoking, it is suggested that you discuss with your doctor/ counselor the success ratio of using e-cigs to the conventional nicotine replacement therapies.