E-cigarette Not Effective in Helping Quit Smoking: Expert Warns

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E-cigarette Not Effective in Helping Quit Smoking: Expert Warns
Agus Dwi Susanto, a professor at an Indonesian medical school, warns against the limited effectiveness of e-cigarettes in quitting smoking.

According to a report by ANTARA on March 7th, Professor Agus Dwi Susanto, a specialist in pulmonary and respiratory medicine at a university in Indonesia, stated that while e-cigarettes can help people quit smoking to some extent, they do not truly help users kick the habit.


Professor Agus's views come from a response to a video on the social media platform TikTok, which details the process of how a regular e-cigarette user eventually developed pneumonia. In the interview, Professor Agus emphasized that:


Following the World Health Organization's (WHO) standard operating procedure (SOP) for smoking cessation is crucial. This procedure requires users to completely quit smoking after completing medication therapy as advised by a doctor.


However, the reality is often that although many people have stopped traditional smoking, they continue to use e-cigarettes. Professor Agus is deeply saddened by this, as he believes: "This situation indicates that e-cigarettes have not been properly viewed as a part of smoking cessation therapy, but rather as a switch from traditional cigarettes to e-cigarettes."


Therefore, Professor Agu urges the public to reassess the relationship between e-cigarettes and their effectiveness in quitting smoking. He warns, "Traditional tobacco products, e-cigarettes, or hookahs all pose a threat to health in the same way. We must avoid using these products, as they all have the potential to cause serious health problems."


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