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Don't Just Switch, Quit Tobacco For Good

Some smokers may think that e-cigarettes will help them quit, substituting one addiction for another is not quitting. Learn about healthier alternatives.


Deciding you want to quit smoking is the first step toward a healthier future. But trying to end a tobacco addiction can be tough. Some smokers may reach for an e-cigarette in hopes of curbing their cravings.

But before you do consider this -- switching is NOT quitting.

The Food and Drug Administration has not found any e-cigarette to be safe and effective in helping smokers quit. In fact, according to one study, only 10.1 percent of the smokers who used e-cigarettes quit smoking after six months, while 26.6 percent of smokers who did not use e-cigarettes quit. Another study found 80 percent of the smokers given e-cigarettes did not quit but switched and instead became addicted to e-cigarettes.

The fact is, e-cigarettes are tobacco products too. Though we still have a lot to learn about the health consequences of vaping, we are very troubled by what we’ve seen so far. E-cigarettes still produce a number of dangerous chemicals including acetaldehyde, acrolein, and formaldehyde. As we’ve recently seen on the news, the inhalation of harmful chemicals can cause irreversible lung damage, lung diseases – and even death.

So, what should you do instead? We are here to help.

For over 40 years, the American Lung Association’s Freedom From Smoking® program has been helping adult smokers quit using proven ways that are both safe and effective. Even if you have tried to quit in the past, you can access proven-effective quit smoking resources and support with the click of the button.

Don’t wait, end your tobacco addiction for good.

Available through December 31, 2019: Access a 10 percent discount on Freedom From Smoking Plus online by signing up today.

Sign Up!

    Page Last Updated: October 9, 2019

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