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    Currently, there is no research that proves that vaping is safer than smoking. Early studies have shown that vaping products may contain more nicotine and carcinogenic agents than cigarettes. Be wary of information distributed by vaping companies. This is concerning as many patients are using e-cigarettes or other vaping tools in an attempt to stop smoking. If you are considering e-cigarettes, discuss it with your healthcare provider.
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    Are E-Cigarettes a Safe Alternative to Traditional Cigarettes?
    E-cigarettes are not “safe” but in comparison to regular cigarettes they are safer, says addiction specialist Douglas Severance, MD. In this video, he talks about the carcinogens found in both kinds.
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    E-cigarettes are mostly just a bridge to help you quit smoking. The nicotine level is not as high as a regular cigarette, and for patients who are very, very heavy cigarette users, like two packs a day, we might recommend the switch to an e-cigarette to eventually wean them off completely. But no cigarette is safe, and an e-cigarette is not any safer for your overall health.
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    Is There Second-Hand Smoke with E-Cigarettes?
    The vapor that is being exhaled with e-cigarettes can be re-inhaled by someone else. In this video, addiction specialist Douglas Severance, MD, talks about the second hand smoke from an electronic cigarette.
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    Have you ever thought about why you smoke? Maybe it’s just a habit, but most likely there are specific triggers, such as moods, feelings, places, people, or situations that make you want to smoke. Maybe you smoke out of boredom, or maybe it’s a social activity for you. There are many reasons why people smoke. Whatever your reasons, identifying your triggers will help you anticipate circumstances before you light your next cigarette - so you can choose not to smoke and try doing something else instead.

    Next time you reach for a cigarette, think about why you are smoking. Keep a log of reasons why you smoke, and then, next to each reason write down an alternate activity you can do instead. For example, if you smoke to keep your hands busy, try occupying your hands with a worry stone or squeezable stress ball instead. Next time your smoking trigger comes up, you’ll be prepared with a strategy to avoid smoking.

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    It’s a great idea to have a discussion about smoking with your doctor. Some questions you may consider include the following:
    • What are the health risks of smoking and what benefits will I get from quitting?
    • What options are available to help me quit smoking?
    • Do smoking cessation treatments have any side effects or interactions with any of the medications I am taking?
    • What symptoms might I experience when I quit smoking and how can I deal with them?
    • Where should I go for support when I feel the urge to smoke during my quit attempt?
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    Clove cigarettes are not healthier than regular cigarettes.  Users often have the mistaken notion that smoking clove cigarettes is safer than smoking regular cigarettes. But this is a tobacco product with the same health risks as cigarettes. In fact, clove cigarettes have been shown to deliver more nicotine, carbon monoxide, and tar than regular cigarettes.

    Clove cigarettes, also called kreteks (kree-teks), originated in Indonesia and other Southeast Asian countries. They contain 60 to 70 percent tobacco and 30 to 40 percent ground cloves, clove oil, and other additives. The chemicals in cloves have been linked to asthma and other lung diseases.
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    There are no safe cigarettes. Many smokers are mislead into thinking that light cigarettes are not as harmful as other brands. Light cigarettes are lower in nicotine than regular cigarettes, but they contain the same 4,000 harmful chemicals, including 400 cancer-causing chemicals. The light effect is achieved through air dilution using ventilation holes near the filter. Regular smokers who switch to these low-tar and low-nicotine cigarettes tend to compensate by smoking more cigarettes, inhaling more deeply and covering up the ventilation holes.
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    If you don’t do it for yourself, quit smoking for your family’s health. Every year, 50,000 people die from exposure to second-hand smoke, according to the American Lung Association. Second-hand smoke contains hundreds of chemicals known to cause cancer. It can also raise a nonsmoker’s risk of a heart attack. And according to the Surgeon General’s Report on second-hand smoke in 2006, there is no safe level of exposure to second-hand smoke. If you aren’t ready to quit, you can still take steps to minimize the exposure of your loved ones and others to the dangers of second-hand smoke by taking care not to smoke around nonsmokers.