ST. LOUIS (KMOX) – While science is still being gathered on the potential dangers of e-cigarettes, what are smokers who want to quit supposed to do?

Cardiology chief Michael Lim at Saint Louis University Hospital says just because tobacco cigarettes are so bad for you, it’s wrong to take that leap of faith to believe e-cigarettes are any better.

“However, I think there’s a significant roleseveral of my patients have gotten benefits from e-cigarettes,” he says.

It’s all in how they’re used, says Dr. Lim.

He says that if a person wants to commit themselves to quitting cigarettes, e-cigarettes can be used as a tool to help them quit as part of a “quit plan.”

“This is a short-term use, it’s a little bit of a crutch where they can wean themselves off of cigarettes, and it can be highly successful for the right person,” Lim says.

Just don’t use them long term, he says.

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