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Learn the Truth About E-Cigarettes


The Truth About E-Cigarettes

By Health Promotion Disease Prevention Program
Wednesday, November 18, 2015

Using the E-Cigarette to Quit Smoking?  There Are Better Ways!

Most Veterans who smoke admit they would quit if they could or knew how. This desire to quit smoking makes them easy targets for electronic cigarette companies, who claim e-cigarettes will help people quit smoking. But are these companies really interested in helping you quit smoking or just trying to sell you a product? 

Can e-cigarettes help you quit smoking? Several studies compared the e-cigarette with traditional smoking cessation treatments. The findings show that using an e-cigarette can reduce smoking in the first month. However, at three and six months, people who used the e-cigarette to quit were smoking just as much as ever. Very few quit, partly because they continued practicing the habit of smoking with the e-cigarette.

People who used evidence-supported treatments were much more likely to quit smoking and to stay quit at three and six months.

What is the best way to quit? Research shows using a short-term strategy (like nicotine replacement patches or other cessation aides) combined with coaching to change the smoking lifestyle leads to much greater success. This is the approach used in the Truman VA Tobacco Cessation Program. Veterans who complete the Truman VA program have an 80 to 90 percent chance of quitting, and more than 40 percent are still quit at one year. This program is also offered at many of the VA outpatient clinics (CBOCs).

We know that any Veteran can quit smoking with determination and a little help. If you are interested in learning more about quitting tobacco, ask your VA health care provider for help. Consider attending the one-time “Thinking about Quitting” class offered each month at Truman VA. To learn more about the Truman VA tobacco cessation program, contact Dr. Joe Hinkebein at 573-814-6216.  You may also visit:


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