Have electronic cigarettes been created to stop smoking or to get young people to start?

Neither!

E-cigs are mostly used as an alternative to smoking. The key-phrase here is “Harm Reduction“.

There are many people in the world who either do not wish to, or cannot, quit smoking. These are the primary targets for the e-cig marketers.

E-cigs can and have helped many people to quit the habit completely. But they are first and foremost being used by heavy smokers to reduce the amount of harm that is caused by the burning of tobacco and the inhalation of its products.
Electronic Cigarettes Hold Promise As Aid to Quitting by Miles Dolphin on E-cigs

Nobody at all is target marketing e-cigs towards first-time-smokers and the young. To do so would be against everything the manufacturers and retailers believe in, many of whom are heavy users of e-cigs. The owner of my local shop is a very heavy “vaper” but he insists on the staff applying the same age restrictions to e-cigs as are applicable to ordinary cigarettes. This appears to be general throughout the industry, and (certainly in the UK) even more rigorously applied – especially by ECITA (the Electronic Cigarette Industry Trade Association). ECITA by Miles Dolphin on E-cigs

It is currently contrary to regulations to advertise e-cigs as an aid to quitting, as this appears to be a medical claim and as such would be against the law as e-cigs are not medically regulated. The fact that they continue to be more effective at assisting quitting than many of the medically approved nicotine replacement therapies seems to be ignored by many health professionals.

There is no study which has shown that electronic cigarettes are  preventing smokers from quitting: that is, that without electronic  cigarette use a substantial number of vapers would have instead quit  smoking.

Second, the existing evidence actually suggests the exact opposite.  Rather than preventing smokers from quitting, electronic cigarettes are  helping many smokers to either quit smoking completely or to cut down  substantially on the amount they quit. In the Polosa study, which was conducted among smokersunmotivated to quit, 54% of the smokers either quit or cut down by more than half  on their smoking when they initiated use of electronic cigarettes.

Electronic Cigarette Opponents Now Making Up, Not Just Lying About Evidence by Miles Dolphin on E-cigs

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About mdolphins

Hotelier, Vaper, husband.

One response to “Have electronic cigarettes been created to stop smoking or to get young people to start?”

  1. joannelincoln says :

    Thank (insert name of favourite deity here) for some common sense on a Sunday.

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