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Doctors Advise Against E-cigarettes, Suggesting Safer Alternatives for Smokers

By WebDesk: August 07, 2023

Health experts are increasingly raising concerns about the harmful effects of e-cigarettes, cautioning against their use as an alternative to quit smoking. Contrary to popular belief, evidence is mounting that e-cigarettes may be as harmful as traditional cigarettes, posing significant risks to one’s health.

Dr. Petros Levounis, President of the American Psychiatric Association and Chair of the Department of Psychiatry at Rutgers New Jersey Medical School, emphasizes that current smokers have access to powerful, safe, and FDA-approved interventions to aid in quitting.

In July, the American College of Cardiology released medical guidelines strongly discouraging the use of e-cigarettes, especially for individuals with chronic heart disease. Dr. Naomi Hamburg, a Cardiologist and Professor of Medicine at Boston University, points out that even young people using e-cigarettes have shown increased heart rate, blood pressure, and disruption of blood vessel relaxation. It is essential to opt for proven safe alternatives instead.

Although the FDA acknowledges that e-cigarettes may contain fewer harmful chemicals than traditional cigarettes, it remains firm in its stance that no tobacco products are considered safe. Dr. Jason Rose, a pulmonary and critical care physician, and an associate professor of medicine at The University of Maryland School of Medicine, underscores that the safety of e-cigarettes cannot be conclusively established when compared to traditional cigarettes.

Doctors particularly caution against the “dual use pattern,” wherein individuals attempting to quit smoking may resort to using both e-cigarettes and traditional cigarettes. This practice can have a detrimental combined effect on blood vessels, significantly increasing the risk of heart disease, stroke, and other cardiovascular problems.

The FDA stresses the need for further research to determine the safety of e-cigarettes for those seeking to quit tobacco cigarettes.

When it comes to smoking cessation tools, health experts consider e-cigarettes less than ideal, advocating for safer and scientifically proven alternatives, as emphasized by Dr. Hamburg.

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