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Does using an electronic cigarette help a smoker quit? That depends on which study you reference. According to a recent piece published in the American Journal of Preventative Medicine, many online search are for electronic cigarettes to quit smoking. Another study conducted by Boston University, however, shows that only a small portion of those purchasing electronic cigarettes end up quitting their smoking habit. Electronic cigarettes are not approved by the FDA as a smoking cessation device, and until more testing is conducted, these personal vaporizers are not to be used or advertised as such.

Because a direct relationship between quitting smoking and electronic cigarettes has yet to be shown, the device is considered a smoking alternative and should be used as such. If you are unfamiliar with how these devices work, each is composed of three parts: a battery, an atomizer, and a cartridge. Once the device is turned on (the light on the battery indicates this), the atomizer heats up and vaporizes the liquid in the cartridge. The user just needs to inhale to get a hit of nicotine without the attached tar, tobacco, and other carcinogens.

If an electronic cigarette is used to help an individual quit smoking, the amount of nicotine in the vapor could get the device considered for nicotine replacement therapy, for which patches or gum are common. As not enough tests have been conducted to show the relationship between quitting and electronic cigarettes, the device is only a smoking alternative - not a cessation product.

Electronic cigarettes, however, can be beneficial to a smoker unwilling to quit and looking for an alternative. The liquid in the cartridge, which typically containing nicotine, does not have tar, tobacco or other carcinogens found in ordinary cigarettes. The cartridges, as well, last significantly longer - one is the equivalent of 15 to 20 cigarettes - and are the only part of the ensemble needing regular replacement.

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