Trying to stop smoking? Many people are now lighting up e-cigarettes in the hopes the devices will help them kick the habit.
But whether e-cigarettes really help in that effort is still unknown, according to a new report from the U.S. Preventive Services Task Force (USPSTF), an independent panel of health experts that advises the government on health issues. “The current evidence is insufficient to recommend electronic nicotine delivery systems for tobacco cessation in adults, including pregnant women," the report concludes.
Recently, Britain's health advisory group, Public Health England, reached the opposite conclusion—though it has since been criticized, not least for relying on studies funded by organizations with connections to e-cigarette makers. However, other studies done so far on e-cigarettes have found that the devices are of little benefit in helping people break their addiction.
For example, a New Zealand study published in 2013 found that e-cigarettes with nicotine were about as effective as nicotine patches in helping people stop smoking after six months, and slightly more effective than placebo e-cigarettes, which contained no nicotine. It was observed that smoking cessation was generally low in all three groups.
Other studies also show that e-cigarettes don't help smokers quit. Researchers at the University of California in San Francisco parsed data from 75,643 teenagers in South Korea. They found that those who were trying to quit smoking were less likely to succeed if they also smoked e-cigarettes. Even worse, many of the teens actually ended up smoking more tobacco cigarettes.
What's more, a study from the Center for Environmental Health relased earlier this month suggests that e-cigarettes may expose users to harmful chemicals, such as formaldehyde.
“At this point we just don’t have enough proof that e-cigarettes are safe, and that they are a useful tool for those who want to break their smoking addiction,” says Consumer Reports chief medical adviser Marvin M. Lipman, M.D.
For now, stick with proven FDA-approved prescription drugs that can help stop smoking. Prescription drugs such as Wellbutrin SR (Bupropion) and Chantix (Varenicline). While many of our recommended online pharmacies supply Varenicline under the brand-name Champix, it should br noted that Varenicline is much more expensive than Wellbutrin SR.
Wellbutrin SR (Bupropion) is a pill you take to reduce your craving for tobacco. The way it works is not entirely known. Wellbutrin SR does not contain nicotine and does not help you quit smoking in the same way that nicotine replacement therapy does. But like other medicines, Wellbutrin SR decreases cravings and withdrawal symptoms. Doctors also prescribe the main ingredient bupropion to treat depression. But bupropion's ability to help people quit smoking is not related to its antidepressant action. It can help you stop smoking even if you do not have depression. But as always it is recommended to get advice from your doctor and acquaint yourself with the possible side effects of taking Wellbutrin SR.