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posted by mrcoolbp on Tuesday March 25 2014, @08:01PM   Printer-friendly
from the quitting-is-for-quitters dept.

GungnirSniper writes:

A small study done by The Center for Tobacco Control Research and Education at The University of California, San Francisco, "suggests that e-cigarettes don't actually help people to quit smoking." However, of the 949 smokers in the study, only 88 used e-cigarettes, causing the study's researchers to "admit that their findings should be viewed with some caution."

World Science reports "They also found that e-cigarette use was more commmon among women, younger adults and people with less education." Last year, the US Centers for Disease Control reported e-cigarette use more than doubled among U.S. middle and high school students from 2011-2012. The lack of solid research, potential youth market, and abundance of caution have had anti-tobacco activists and researchers pushing for a ban on advertising of e-cigarettes.

NPR has a recently story about "vaping" (using e-cigarettes) indoors and in the workplace.

If you smoke, have you been able to cut back your smoking or quit thanks to electronic cigarettes? If you do not smoke, does it bother you that others use e-cigarettes indoors?

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  • (Score: 5, Interesting) by Joe Desertrat on Tuesday March 25 2014, @08:12PM

    by Joe Desertrat (2454) on Tuesday March 25 2014, @08:12PM (#21166)

    I had a co-worker that switched to electronic cigarettes in order to help her "quit". What they actually accomplished were to allow her to puff away all day long, instead of having to take a break and step outside to smoke. Even if she had chosen a lower nicotine level I can't help but believe that her total intake of nicotine went up rather than down.
    I was also kind of concerned about their possible effect on others. Who out there was actually testing the "harmless water vapor" they emit?

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  • (Score: 3, Informative) by moylan on Tuesday March 25 2014, @08:36PM

    by moylan (3063) on Tuesday March 25 2014, @08:36PM (#21176)

    and here in ireland they've started to ban them on public transport. n-all-buses-30099335.html []

    they don't smell as foul as conventional smoking to my nose. but i still don't find them pleasant to be around.

    • (Score: 0) by Anonymous Coward on Wednesday March 26 2014, @12:39AM

      by Anonymous Coward on Wednesday March 26 2014, @12:39AM (#21256)

      Public transit and waiting outdoors in lines are the cases that occurred to me where you can't escape smokers and their foul odors.
      Smokers just reek. If vapers stink too, I say treat this the same as cigarettes.

      -- gewg_

      • (Score: 2) by sjames on Wednesday March 26 2014, @05:46AM

        by sjames (2882) on Wednesday March 26 2014, @05:46AM (#21353) Journal

        Many vapers choose no tobacco flavors such as vanilla for their e-liquid. It smells like vanilla.

        I always ask before vaping in someone else's home or car. Nobody has yet found the vapor at all offensive and several quite like it.

        For those who choose tobacco flavors, it smells like un-burnt pipe tobacco.

  • (Score: 3, Interesting) by dwmoody on Tuesday March 25 2014, @10:33PM

    by dwmoody (1661) on Tuesday March 25 2014, @10:33PM (#21218) Homepage

    A guy in my office just started "vaping." He is rather proud of the fact that he can do it at his desk. I have to agree with you, he is getting a lot more nicotine than he would if he had to stop and go outside to smoke. I can definitely smell it and I don't find it pleasant, and it could be my imagination but my mouse and keyboard seem like they have gotten a bit sticky since he started. If he starts going at it heavily, it does seem to tickle my asthma a bit.

    On the other hand, my brother is using an e-cigarette to stop smoking. He's aggressively cutting the nicotine content of the "juice" stuff he uses, and he's also courteous enough not to start using it in front of others without their permission. I'll have to check in on him sometime and see how it's working.

  • (Score: 2) by sjames on Wednesday March 26 2014, @05:42AM

    by sjames (2882) on Wednesday March 26 2014, @05:42AM (#21351) Journal

    Her nicotine intake might have gone up (or not), but her tar and carbon monoxide intake went to zero.

    Nicotine, divorced from the other contents of tobacco seems to be far less harmful, perhaps on-par with caffeine.

    • (Score: 1) by Joe Desertrat on Thursday March 27 2014, @01:51AM

      by Joe Desertrat (2454) on Thursday March 27 2014, @01:51AM (#21859)

      That makes some sense. She was always a high strung, very loud and very vocal person. My last few months there she got worse and worse, although the job situation deteriorated as well. She also drank coffee all day. It was difficult at times sharing the same office with her:)