Health activists often paint electronic cigarettes in a negative light, claiming that they only lead people to start smoking and tempt teens into tobacco use. However, a new study from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention is setting the record straight and showing just how important ecigs are for smokers in today’s society.
After surveying thousands of American adults about their experiences with electronic cigarettes, it is clear that these devices are helping smokers kick the tobacco habit. The vast majority of regular ecig users are current or former smokers, while non-smokers rarely reported using ecigs on a regular basis. Only 0.4 percent of those who had never smoked said they currently used an electronic cigarette. Only 3.4 percent of nonsmokers responded that they had even tried an ecig.
In contrast, nearly half of current smokers reported trying ecigs and many of them were using the devices in an effort to stop smoking. Among the smokers who had quit, 55.4 percent attributed their success to using ecigarettes. Around 20 percent of smokers that had made a quit attempt in the past year used an ecig as a smoking cessation method.
It’s clear that many smokers believe ecigs could be their path to freedom from tobacco, but the CDC isn’t the first organization to release this kind of information. In August, anti-smoking activists from Action on Smoking and Health published a study that proved ecigs are not a gateway to tobacco use among teenagers. “Almost all of those reporting regular use were young people who had been or were currently smokers,” ASH stated.
Now that the CDC has released this information, politicians and health activists can no longer in good conscience continue spouting lies about how ecigs actually promote smoking. It’s obvious by looking at the data that ecigs are primarily chosen by smokers who want to quit and many of them are successful.
What’s your ecig story? Did you turn to ecigs in an effort to stop smoking? Were you successful?