The new hip, millennial term “analog” refers to standard cigarettes as more and more people are using e-cigarettes. Electronic cigarettes were introduced for people to avoid inhaling burned tobacco, but people still get an unhealthy amount of nicotine and other chemicals. Studies have been finding that more people are using e-cigarettes as opposed to traditional cigarettes, but this hasn’t dropped any value in the number of people smoking. Basically, e-cigs do not help people quit smoking. Providing e-cigarettes “did not improve the number of people who quit compared to essentially doing nothing,” said Dr. Scott Halpern of the University of Pennsylvania. “The very best way to help them quit is to offer them money.” In another study, they have reported that lung cancer rates are now higher than ever for white and Hispanic women under the age of 50 than for men of the same age and race. Although e-cigarettes are much healthier than burning cigarettes, it does not help anyone to quit. Most people in the research community agree that there needs to be more substantial data and research done in proving the effectiveness of e-cigarettes in helping people quit smoking. Have any of you stopped smoking? We would love to know what worked and what didn’t work for you. Healthy Families Foundations strives to finding new alternatives to keeping you and your family healthy. Whether a short-term smoker or long, let us help you in this journey of a healthier lifestyle.