According to tht U.S. Preventive Services Task Force, if you want to quit smoking, you’re better off with drug-based methods or behavior modification programs – not e-cigarettes. There isn’t enough evidence to support claims that e-cigs, which have been touted as the latest way to wean people off tobacco, can actually help people quit.
The data suggested that drugs that address nicotine’s effects on the body and NRT are better ways to quit. In addition, behavioral interventions, including support groups and counseling sessions, can boost quit rates from 7-13% compared to rates of 5-11% among those who don’t use them.
Dr. Francisco Garcia, director and chief medical officer of the Pima County Health Department in Arizona and member of the task force says, “We have an embarrassment of riches in terms of a menu of things to offer patients who want to quit smoking. But every individual is different; some might respond better to behavioral therapy, some might respond better to varenicline, some might feel nicotine replacement is important to bridge them away from tobacco use.”
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