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A 42-year-old female asked:

I would like to know what doctors think about the electronic cigarette..i have recently quit smoking and i use the e cig when i am having a hard time.?

5 doctor answers11 doctors weighed in
Dr. Richard Tholen
Plastic Surgery 42 years experience
2-edged sword!: If e-cigarettes really help you quit, well, it's a bit like methadone--one narcotic for another, but acceptable if it ends up well. Many e-cigs still supply nicotine, so it's a bit like nicorette--still bad, but less so, and ok if it ends up with the desired result. But the idea of simulating smoking to stop smoking seems a bit disingenuous, and if you use the nicotine-containing ones, more so!
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Dr. Susan Woods
Internal Medicine 36 years experience
Unknown risk/benefit: Wonderful you quit smoking! many say, 'i can quit, it's staying quit that's hard'. Medications that have only nicotine (gum, lozenge, patch) are safe and effective ways to stop and stay off. Info on e-cigs is not clear. Fda has warnings - so use with caution. Use http://www.Smokefree.Gov for free help. Fda info: http://www.Fda.Gov/forconsumers/consumerupdates/ucm225210.Htm.
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Dr. Adam Front
Clinical Psychology 28 years experience
Still toxic: E-cigarettes are not "safe." if you do a google search, you will see that there is evidence that, while you are not harming your lungs as much as with regular cigarettes, there are still adverse effects. Included are airway resistance (ability to breathe), which happens immediately upon use, also toxic & carcinogenic chemicals are still inhaled (such as formaldehyde and propylene glycol).
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Dr. Adam Front
Dr. Adam Front commented
Clinical Psychology 28 years experience
Provided original answer
Best solution is to quit smoking entirely. E-cigs can be, like nicotine patch or gum, a step toward this but it is best to use them as a stepping stone to quitting entirely. Many people benefit from support groups (such as stop smoking programs or Nicotine Anonymous).
Apr 27, 2013
Dr. Ed Friedlander
Pathology 45 years experience
Congratulations: I am extremely pleased that you were able to stop. The only redeeming feature of the e-cig is that it does help people like you eventually quit. Keep up the good work.
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Dr. Dean Giannone
Internal Medicine 26 years experience
E-cigarettes.: Technically speaking, we don't really know the safety of those electronic cigarettes in the long term. But what they do help with is removing your emotional and mental attachment to actual cigarettes, which could ultimately help you quit everything. As well, there seem to be fewer ingredients in them; there are 42 carcinogens in cigarettes.
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