Mount Sinai South Nassau presents:
TRUTH IN MEDICINE
Q:Are e-cigarettes safer than regular cigarettes?
A:No. By now we should all be able to agree that smoking tobacco products is very bad for your health. Less clear at this point is the effect of e-cigarette use. E-cigarettes have not been fully studied, so consumers currently don’t know:
- The potential risks of e-cigarettes
- How much nicotine or other potentially harmful chemicals are being inhaled during us
- Whether there are any benefits associated with using these products
In fact, you may be surprised to learn that e-cigarettes are entirely unregulated by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA). Because of this, there are no safety checks or requirements for what can go into an e-cigarette.
Many e-cigarette companies also market their product as a tool to help smokers quit. However, the FDA has not approved any e-cigarette as a safe or effective method to help smokers quit. If you need help quitting, talk to your doctor. There are medicines and therapies that can help you quit.
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