In an article published in the Vernon Morning Star out of Vernon B.C., Doug Rogers, a substance abuse prevention counsellor with the Vernon School District urged smokers to avoid electronic cigarettes. And although we understand why a substance abuse counsellor for a school would promote abstinence, we have some concerns about Doug’s disregard for facts. He failed to recognize any actual data on the safety and effectiveness of e-cigarettes. Meanwhile, the only data he cited to stay away from vaping was a warning put out by the FDA. In the article, Mr. Rogers states:
When the FDA analyzed samples of two popular brands, they found variable amounts of nicotine and traces of toxic chemicals, including known cancer-causing substances (carcinogens).
While this is not completely false, it is certainly not the whole truth. For instance, the amounts of carcinogens found in e-cigarettes were similar to those found in nicotine gum. This wouldn’t be such a big deal if Mr. Rogers didn’t state:
If you’re looking for help to stop smoking, please talk to a health professional about smoking cessation programs which are safe and effective.
As most smokers and smoking cessation experts know, approved quit smoking methods include nicotine patches, gums, lozenges, cold turkey, and even medication. It is hard to consider the writer credible when he promotes one method of quitting smoking with potential hazards while dismissing another.
The bottom line is that many smokers who want to quit smoking have tried many of the available options. But when all attempted methods of quitting smoking fail, is using an e-cigarette not better than smoking?