American Lung Association says quit, don’t switch to e-cigarettes

The American Lung Association is cautioning smokers who want to quit to stay away from e-cigarettes.

“The American Lung Association knows that e-cigarettes are tobacco products,” said Erika Sward from the American Lung Association. “They are not quit smoking products. It is so important that smokers are not confused by these false claims being made by e-cigarette retailers and manufacturers.”

Sward cites data that says many smokers don’t stop when they switch.

“Switching to e-cigarettes does not mean quitting,” said Sward. “We know that more than half of all adult e-cigarette users in the United States continue to also smoke regular cigarettes. We also know that, when it comes down to it, that quitting means ending your addiction to tobacco products and to nicotine, which can be very difficult.”

It’s also much easier for those who are too young to legally smoke or use e-cigarettes to hide a vaping habit.

“Kids who begin using e-cigarettes are much more likely to go on to become regular smokers,” said Sward. “The bottom line is that there’s a lot of information out here to really underscore that e-cigarettes are not a safe product. They are a tobacco product. The Lung Association is calling on everyone to quit.”

If smokers are ready to quit smoking for good, the American Lung Association wants to urge them to call 1-800-LUNGUSA or talk with their doctor about finding the best way to quit using proven methods and FDA-approved treatments and counseling.