E-cigs aren’t working to help people quit smoking

E-cigarettes were supposed to be the greatest invention since the patch in helping millions of people quit smoking. Designed to deliver the nicotine without all the other harmful substances that are inhaled with traditional smoking it was supposed to turn smokers into non-smokers.

Problem is that neither of the above premise are actually true.

1. We’ve talked before on this blog about the fact that e-cigs were never really tested and that they were released for use with no real study about what, in fact, e-cig inhalers were, in fact inhaling. Turns out that besides the nicotine you’re actually inhaling metal and silicate particles. Doesn’t take a long-term study to conclude that this can’t be good for you. It may actually create a greater problem down the road than regular smoking.

2. They don’t actually help smokers quit. According to a new study by the Journal of Internal Medicine, “One randomized trial comparing e-cigarettes with and without nicotine with a nicotine patch found no differences in 6-month quit rates.” In other words they just don’t help smokers kick the habit.

Back to the drawing-board to find a miracle, overnight cure to help smokers quit.