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Is nicotine dangerous? i want to quit smoking by using electronic cigarettes that contain nicotine until i don't need them.

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Dr. Adam Front answered

Specializes in Clinical Psychology

E-cigarettes do not appear to be effective in helping people quit smoking. In addition, they may have their own problems. Apparently some of the chemicals in them may be as harmful as (if not more so than) the chemicals in regular cigarettes. Craving for nicotine lasts 3-5 mins. Dstract yrself each time (deep breathing, carrot sticks, etc) for the 1st few days of not smoking you will be detoxed.

Answered Aug 2, 2018

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Dr. Heidi Fowler answered

Specializes in Psychiatry

Nicotine is a toxin. E- cigarettes may contain nicotine, volatile organic compounds, heavy metals (like lead, tin & nickel), ultrafine particles (which may be drawn deep into lungs, diacetyl & Nicotine. REF: https://e-cigarettes.surgeongeneral.gov/ Electronic cigarettes may harm health - especially in young people. Nicotine is addictive so it may not help with smoking cessation.

Answered Mar 25, 2022

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