The electronic or e-cigarette is not a safe alternative to smoking.
Electronic or e-cigarettes are battery-operated devices that generally contain cartridges filled with nicotine, flavor and other chemicals. The electronic cigarette turns nicotine, which is highly addictive, and other chemicals into a vapor that is inhaled by the user.
The e-cigarettes are not approved by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) for safety and effectiveness, and have not been approved to help people quit smoking.
Concerns About Electronic Cigarettes
The FDA has conducted limited laboratory testing on sample products. The results of testing indicated a lack of quality measures as well as inconsistent nicotine levels in products labeled identically. The FDA is attempting to work with electronic cigarette companies to ensure consumer safety at this time.
Quitting Electronic Cigarettes
There are a number of FDA-approved smoking cessation aids that are safe and effective, including nicotine gum, nicotine skin patches, nicotine lozenges, nicotine oral inhaled products, and nicotine nasal spray that are available for smokers to use to reduce their dependence on nicotine.
Find out more about quitting medications.
United States Department of Health and Human Services. Food and Drug Administration. (2010). Consumer Updates: E-Cigarettes: Questions and Answers.
This information has been approved by Amy Lukowski, PsyD (November 2011).