Do Electronic Cigarettes Really Help Smokers Quit?

There are 8 comments on the Scientific American story from May 7, 2013, titled Do Electronic Cigarettes Really Help Smokers Quit?. In it, Scientific American reports that:

Everyone knows that cigarettes are bad for you. Yet 45 million Americans smoke , a habit that shaves a decade off life expectancy and causes cancer as well as heart and lung diseases.

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Gary from Seattle

Kent, WA

#1 May 7, 2013
For me the answer is a definite yes.

As a smoker of 30+ years that tried everything from patches to pills and gum to quit smoking, I am very happy to be about to celebrate my 2 year anniversary of being a non-smoker.

When nothing else worked electronic cigarettes were my last hope of quitting and it worked. Not only was I able to finally quit smoking tobacco altogether but due to the flexibility I have been steadily reducing my intake of nicotine as well.

I only wish that local law makers would quit forcing me to go out with the smokers to use my device. Not only are they forcing me to be exposed to the secondhand smoke the laws are intended to protect me from but the increased temptation to go back to regular cigarettes will cause many to fail in their effort to quit smoking. Seems like the deck has been stacked against this method of quitting smoking.
David in Eatonville

Seattle, WA

#2 May 7, 2013
Gary is spot on, with all his comments.

I've been smoking tobacco for over 40 years. Tried the gum, and smoked while chewing. Tried the patch (three times through the whole routine) and smoked with the patch on.

I started with electronic cigarettes last October, and haven't had a cigarette since. It took me less than a week, fine tuning my e-cig setup, to go from about a pack and a half of "full flavor" cigarettes to zero.

I'm gradually reducing the nicotine in the products I use, and will eventually be totally off all of that.

In the meantime, I know that I'm no longer inhaling the host of combustion products that are harmful. My lungs are better, my stamina is better, I sleep better. And my wallet is fatter!

Citing the SciAm article, "Carcinogen levels in e-cig vapor are about one thousandth that of cigarette smoke, according to a 2010 study in the Journal of Public Health Policy."

I think the benefits are clear.
tim yancey

United States

#3 May 8, 2013
after 40 years and trying several different things to quit... E-cigs have worked. I have been smoke free for 7 months. I have been reducing my nicotine level and am down to about 1/2 of where i started. I no longer "wheeze" at night and don't cough all the time. I am happy with this option...
Old Guy

New Carlisle, OH

#4 May 8, 2013
I'm glad the e-cigs are working for you folks. Nicotine is not good for you, but it's health effects are minor compared to tobacco cigarettes.

I wish they were regulated by the FDA, though. Right now you have to hope that the e-cig manufacturer is making good choices about the chemicals used in the nicotine cartridges.
Mark Mitchell

Richmond, MO

#5 May 9, 2013
There is little to no evidence that nicotine, all by itself, is particularly bad for you. It is addictive but when it is divorced from the catastrophically unhealthy delivery system that are cigarettes its effects on health are negligible.

The makers of "e-liquids" all use similar ingredients all of which are essentially harmless. There are web forums that very effectively police this sort of thing and information on dubious enterprises is disseminated very fast. Getting the FDA, with it's vast and stifling regulatory apparatus, directly involved with vaping products will be big mistake which will drastically increase prices for users and discourage people from trying out an extremely effective means of smoking cessation.
Old Guy

New Carlisle, OH

#6 May 9, 2013
Mark Mitchell wrote:
There is little to no evidence that nicotine, all by itself, is particularly bad for you.
"Nicotine causes a temporary increase in heart rate, blood pressure and blood flow from the heart, according the American Heart Association. It also causes narrowing of the arteries, which makes it difficult for oxygen to be delivered to various parts of the body. The risk of having a blood clot or heart attack increases with nicotine use."

"Male fertility researchers showed nicotine and cotinine, a substance produced by the breakdown of nicotine, may reduce fertility potential in men because of the chemicals' effect on sperm. Sperm has receptors for nicotine, and when they bind to the drug, the sperms' motility and lifespan are impaired."

http://www.livestrong.com/article/127555-heal...
Peterscot

Mohali, India

#8 Sep 3, 2013
Yes, electronic cigarettes are really helpful in quitting cigarettes. many smokers who smoking tobacco cigarette are quitting from that and now shifted to electronic cigarette.electronic cigarette containing vaping vapours it just giving same flavour to tobacco but does not any harmful effects to smokers.
yuuch

Austin, TX

#9 Sep 5, 2013
no they don't

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