Doctors increasingly discourage vaping amid mounting health concern

– E-cigarettes are not approved by the FDA as a smoking cessation tool, and doctors are now actively advising against their use.

– New medical guidelines from the American College of Cardiology strongly discourage the use of e-cigarettes, particularly in individuals with chronic heart disease.

– Studies show that e-cigarettes can harm the whole body and cause a condition called EVALI (E-cigarette or Vaping-use Associated Lung Injury), which damages not only the lungs but also other organ systems.

– The long-term effects of e-cigarettes are not fully known due to their relatively recent introduction to the market.

– Doctors caution against "dual use pattern," where people trying to quit smoking use both e-cigarettes and conventional cigarettes, as it can be particularly harmful to blood vessels and increase the risk of cardiovascular issues.

Approved smoking cessation tools include Nicotine Replacement Therapy (NRT) with patches, gum, or inhalers,

– as well as medications like Bupropion or Varenicline. Psychosocial options like cognitive behavioral therapy may also be recommended.

– E-cigarettes companies continue to seek FDA approval as a smoking cessation tool, but further research is required to determine their safety for this purpose.

– E-cigarettes are not ideal as smoking cessation tools, and there are other scientifically proven safe and effective options available.