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Your E-Cig Isn’t Cool and Isn’t Helping You Quit Smoking, Study Says

The study, from the U.S. Preventive Services Task Force, says there isn’t enough evidence to support whether or not e-cigs might help smokers quit. “It’s not a statement saying that doctors should not advise people to use them,”

Dr. Albert Siu, chair of the USPSTF told Time. “It’s certainly not a statement endorsing them. There simply are not [enough] studies out there.” A better means of quitting than e-cigarettes: Good old fashioned one-on-one help, counseling and self-help methods. Plus, you’ll look cooler lashing out at your friends and family from withdrawal stress than puffing on a glowing piece of plastic.

As Time points out:

Given that there are more unknowns about e-cigarettes at this point than there are known benefits, Siu says the committee could not make any determination about whether they should be part of a smoking cessation program.

Concerns about the compounds in e-cigarettes, as well as their consistency and quality, could make them potentially more harmful than helpful. Maybe this will persuade people to, as Colin Farrell once said, not look like they’re “sucking a robot’s dick.”

Draft Recommendation Statement

Tobacco Smoking Cessation in Adults and Pregnant Women: Behavioral and Pharmacotherapy Interventions

This opportunity for public comment expired on June 1, 2015 at 8:00 PM EST

Note: This is a Draft Recommendation Statement. This draft is distributed solely for the purpose of receiving public input. It has not been disseminated otherwise by the USPSTF. The final Recommendation Statement will be developed after careful consideration of the feedback received and will include both the Research Plan and Evidence Review as a basis.

Recommendations made by the USPSTF are independent of the U.S. government. They should not be construed as an official position of the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality or the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services.


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