Smokers Turn To E-Cigarettes To Quit Tobacco

Many individuals who have made the attempt to quit smoking have turned to electronic cigarettes to wean themselves off of tobacco.

Electronic versions only have up to 0.2 percent of the tobacco-specific nitrosamines found in regular cigarettes. However, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) recently announced that it is considering categorizing the products as a drug device, according to the Chicago Tribune. A number of states are considering instituting a ban on electronic cigarettes, including New York.

Unlike authentic cigarettes, these products release little second-hand smoke, which can be detrimental to individuals who are around a tobacco user. Nicotine is delivered through the battery-powered device in the form a vapor, and its design allows users to mimic smoking cigarettes, quelling the behavioral impulse.

Experts say there have been no definitive studies indicating that electronic cigarettes are safe. However, users claim that they are an effective way to reduce nicotine cravings to the point that quitting altogether becomes easier.

More than 80 percent of adult smokers begin using cigarettes before the age of 18, according to the Centers for Disease Control. Drug rehab programs can help individuals who wish to kick their addiction to nicotine.