Since their introduction to the market, e-cigarettes have been promoted as a means to help smokers quit tobacco products, and their popularity has risen steadily. Unfortunately, it seems the claims may have been misleading. A study published on 14th January 2016 in the Lancet Respiratory Medicine Journal indicates that smokers who use e-cigarettes are 28% less likely to quit smoking than those who didn’t use the devices.
Manufacturers also promote vaping as a healthier alternative to traditional cigarettes, as users don’t inhale any carcinogenic smoke, however the director of the American Cancer Society’s Tobacco Control Center, Cliff Douglas, says e-cigarettes keep smokers hooked by allowing them to “vape” in places where smoking is usually forbidden. “That’s the opposite of cessation. That’s encouraging ongoing addiction”, he said. There are strong calls for the FDA to regulate these devices and the claims made by manufacturers, but the regulatory board has yet to put any rules in place.References