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A 46-year-old male asked:

Wife is trying to quit smoking with e-cigarettes. in theory she could wean off to no nicotine, but are they as bad or even worse than tobacco?

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Dr. Carlo Hatem
Pulmonary Critical Care 27 years experience
No: Nothing is worse than tobacco except drinking poison maybe. There are some warnings with e-cig, check the particular one she is using.
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Dr. Susan Woods
Internal Medicine 37 years experience
We don't know.: E-cigarettes are not recommended as a quitting aid. They are not regulated, we don't know much about the levels of nicotine and other chemicals, and there is no research that shows that they help smokers quit. More info found at http://smokefree.Gov/e-cigarettes the best ways to quit are to use coaching and approved treatments such as nicotine patch, gum or lozenge or prescription medications.
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