So how am I supposed to quit this cigarette habit?
Not by vaping. Dr. Schachter says that’s "probably one of the worst ways you could cut out cigarettes." Unlike other smoking cessation methods, like nicotine patches, lozenges and gums, or medications like CHANTIX and Wellbutrin, vaping is completely unregulated.
"Most people who quit, quit on their own," Dr. Schachter says. "Eighty to 90% do it by willpower, and what doctors can do is guide people toward how to approach that quitting strategy."
And if you relapse, try, try again. "Trying again increases the chance of success," Dr. Schachter says.
Vaping is not the lesser evil
In fact, if you consider the e-cigarette industry’s marketing efforts geared toward teenagers and young adults (which include candy-flavored products and celebrity endorsements, the Centers for Disease Control reports), it might just be another evil. "[E-cigarette companies] are marketing vaping as a safe thing, and targeting a lot of young teenagers, who would then become lifetime users," Dr. Sanati says. "It’s very similar to almost 80 years ago, when smoking was considered safe."